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Here were the top 10 opinion editorials, based upon unique internet visitors, in 2015:
The pastor of a church in East Knoxville, Tennessee, and some members of his congregation are at odds after a majority of members voted him out of his position, in accordance with the church's bylaws, but he insists on staying put because it was God who gave him the job.
"God placed me here as their pastor, and I'm going to serve them," said Rev. Valentino McNeal of Mount Olive Baptist Church in an ABC 6 report.
Leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, says he declined a controversial meeting with GOP 2016 presidential frontrunner Donald Trump last month because the billionaire refused to meet with representatives of Black Lives Matter.
Bryant, who previously dismissed black clergy who accepted Trump's invitation to meet on Nov. 30 at Trump Tower in Manhattan as being worse than prostitutes, said if Trump intends to represent everyone as president then he must meet with Black Lives Matter and hear what the group has to say.
"It was in the backdrop of students in Alabama who went and protested at the rally. They were roughed up by Trump supporters. A reporter asked him [Trump] what he thought about it, he said they probably deserved it. After that, the students asked to meet with Mr. Trump and he declined," explained Bryant in an interview with The Christian Post Monday about the timing of the invitation from Trump's camp to meet. more >>
The Episcopal Church has announced that there will be an independent investigation conducted of the denomination following the suspension of three senior management officials.
Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry released a statement Friday noting that a firm was selected to conduct the investigation.
"I have today engaged a law firm to conduct an independent investigation of the concerns that led me to place three members of senior management on administrative leave last week," Curry said. more >>
Eight major African-American denominations met this past week at one of the oldest AME churches in the South, where this summer a white gunman killed the pastor and 8 worshipers in hopes of starting a "race war." The black church leaders came together for the conference in Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss their role on race and reconciliation in the nation.
The Conference of National Black Churches convened at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where on June 17, Dylann Roof, 21, fatally shot the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a Democratic member of the state Senate, and eight other unsuspecting church members while they were holding Bible study, in a hate crime that horrified the nation for its senseless cruelty.
"Mother Emanuel represents the best in America right now," commented Dr. Rodger Reed, a minister at a Washington, D.C.-based AME church, to local media WCBD News 2, about Charleston-based church hosting the CNBC conference. "This is a bad time in the world, and Mother Emanuel represents the coming together of all people over a tragedy at a Bible study." more >>
Two Kentucky churches once belonging to a local chapter of the Southern Baptist Convention have ended their ties over having female pastors.
Trinity Baptist Church of Bloomfield was officially removed from the Nelson Baptist Association while Union Band Baptist Church of Howardstown voluntarily withdrew its membership.
Lisa Zahalka, pastor at Trinity Baptist Church, explained to The Christian Post that she was first contacted by the Nelson Baptist Association back in August about her pastoring Trinity and also Big Spring Bloomfield Presbyterian. more >>