A firearms expert with a gun range based in California is offering free firearms training courses for churches to help them deal with an apparent rise in violence.
Geof Peabody of Placerville has been teaching the course for years, but in recent weeks attention and demand for his course in church security has been on the rise.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Peabody explained that he believed "church violence has been on the rise for decades" and that when it comes to armed security, "it's time for ministers to get their head out of the sand." more >>
After enduring a summer in which he filed for divorce from his wife after mutual episodes of adultery, Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham, says he is now getting the help he needs to heal.
Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida who resigned in May after admitting to an affair, broke a nearly three-month hiatus from social media in late November to tell his followers on Facebook that he is now getting help and healing after his public split from his wife, Kimberly, and being deposed of his clergy credentials by the South Florida Presbytery.
"I know I've been quiet for a few months. I'm getting the help and healing and rest that my heart and body desperately needs. I just wanted you all to know that I'm doing really well, I'm surrounded by great people, I'm in a great church, and I have a great pastor, a great counselor, and great elders," wrote Tchividjian. more >>
Whether we're talking about the redefinition of marriage or taxpayer funded abortion and contraception, one question is crossing many Christians' minds: where will the next challenge to religious liberty arise? Among some, there is a growing concern that the next threat to religious liberty will be a cyber showdown.
That was one area of concern addressed by Joe Carter, communications specialist for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and editor for the Gospel Coalition blog, during his lecture at the Family Research Center (FRC) on December 10. After an inspiring presentation on various strategies necessary to defend religious liberty, concern over online threats to freedom arose during the following Q&A.
"Where do you see our biggest potential threat to religious liberty on the internet side of things as far as corporately-owned websites — not just websites — but platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google?," asked one member of the FRC audience. "And will anybody even hear about it if our freedoms in that area are removed?" more >>
The Michigan Supreme Court decided Wednesday that it would hear arguments on whether it should intervene in a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor who claims he was illegally removed from his post.
The now defunct Pilgrim's Rest Missionary Baptist Church started falling apart in 2011 when the church booted the Rev. Arthur Pearson for embezzling church funds.
At issue now, however, is whether he can contest his dismissal in court or whether the Constitutional separation of church and state means the courts will have to just stay out of it, according to Mlive.com. more >>
A conservative Lutheran couple living in North Dakota have filed a lawsuit against the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, claiming they were defamed and discriminated against by their congregation over their theologically conservative viewpoints.
Ray and Joan Grabanski of Kindred filed the suit in Cass County District Court earlier this week against the ELCA Eastern North Dakota Synod and Norman Evangelical Lutheran Church.
In their suit the Grabanskis charge that the congregation treated them maliciously after they expressed their opposition to gay marriage. more >>
Prayer, it seems, is no longer a politically acceptable response to tragedy. Instead, we're being told to put our trust in something else.
As I record this on the Friday after the horrific San Bernardino massacre that claimed at least 14 lives, authorities have all but pieced together the motives of the married couple who perpetrated the act of terror.
The latest news--Syed Farook's wife had pledged allegiance to ISIS, and the couple had turned their home and garage into an armory of bomb making material, guns and ammo. more >>