Nearly a dozen ministers within the Church of England are expected to reveal in a letter that they are gay and have married their same-sex partners despite the Church's biblical opposition to gay marriage.
The Guardian reported on Sunday that the letter from the clergy to the Church will ask for permission to carry out blessings for people entering gay marriages.
"Our marriages are legal, celebrated and widely accepted in society," said Andrew Foreshew-Cain, one of the first priests to defy the CofE's ban on gay marriage. more >>
Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that some ministries are putting profit, fame, and love of money before God, which leads to failure.
"The Bible tells us that some have served other masters their whole life. It can be parents, your business, your boss, your church, your pastors or a ministry. It can even be your country, like someone who commits themselves to some politicians," Abedini, the exclusive director at Saeed Ministries, wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"I have seen many people who have masters in any or all these areas of life. Why? The Bible tells us it is for PROFIT," he continued. more >>
In his new book "The End of White Christian America," billed "quite possibly the most illuminating text for this election year," Robert P. Jones, founding CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, says white Christian America is dead and the general election in November could be a referendum on it.
"I begin the book with an obituary for White Christian America, and I conclude the book with a eulogy. This construction is consistent with the book's stark title. My argument in the book is that we have already experienced the passing of White Christian America," Jones told The Washington Post in an interview with John Sides, an associate professor of political science at George Washington University who specializes in public opinion, voting, and American elections.
"While this claim is grounded in demographic changes, it is also supported by the fading power of major institutions, such as the National Council of Churches or the Christian Coalition of America. There are no indicators that the country will see the likes of White Christian America as a dominant cultural force again," he said. more >>
Democratic vice presidential hopeful Tim Kaine recently promoted presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton's Christian faith at a convention of African-American Baptist leaders.
Speaking before the Progressive National Baptist Convention, Inc. annual meeting in New Orleans on Thursday, Kaine talked of how Clinton's Methodist background influenced her worldview.
"Some of you know this story. She was a Midwestern Methodist church kid. Now, I know a lot of those Midwestern Methodist church kids growing up. And there is a beautiful sense of duty," said Kaine, according to a transcript sent to The Christian Post by the Hillary Clinton campaign. more >>
In a season of heightened racial tensions, Christians across our nation are grieving violence and death across many communities. Church leaders are re-examining their role in bringing peace, hope and justice to their communities.
The peace and love of Christ is surely the antidote for the evil that turns God's human creation against one another on the basis of race, income or zip code. So where can we begin to build bridges rather than walls? Let's start with the children.
Across the United States, public schools stand at the center of our communities, bringing students of all races together to learn. At times even more than our churches, schools unite brown, black and white families for a common cause. If we want to serve our neighbors, hear their stories and show them love, then local schools could very well serve as ground zero for faith in action. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll preached at The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, for its official opening on Sunday, saying he ended up there as a result of storms in his life.
"[W]e tend to think if things go well it's from the Lord and if things are hard it must be from Satan. Let me [tell you,] sometimes hard things come from God," Driscoll said during his sermon that focused on the story of Jonah, according to NBC's Seattle affiliate King 5 that was on site outside the church.
"Sometimes God will allow us to endure hardship for two reasons: to change who we are and where we are," he added. more >>