Singapore's City Harvest Church founder and Senior Pastor Kong Hee is back in court, pleading for his eight-year prison sentence for misappropriating $35 million of church funds to be overturned.
Kong's lawyer, Edwin Tong, argued on Thursday that the pastor should see all three of the criminal convictions against him overturned, Channel News Asia reported.
Tong said that the CHC founder put money forward to support the church's mission, which was supported by virtually the entire congregation, and that the church had not suffered any actual financial loss. more >>
Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine has elicited a strong response from his bishop for his comments suggesting the Catholic church will eventually recognize same-sex marriage, and a prominent Catholic scholar is also disputing his words.
Giving the keynote address to a group of approximately 3,700 at the 20th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, D.C. Sunday, the U.S. Senator from Virginia expressed his "full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality." Although he acknowledged his stance "is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend ... I think that's going to change, too."
Although the press frequently describes Kaine as a "devout" Roman Catholic, Mary Hasson, director of the Catholic Women's Forum at the Washington-based Ethics and Public Policy Center believes that is an adjective the media "particularly likes to attach to Catholic politicians who loudly disagree with the Church on matters of sexual morality." more >>
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin is countering critics, claiming that he was misquoted in a speech he gave at the Values Voters Summit on Saturday.
Before an audience gathered at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Governor Bevin spoke about the need for sacrifice to protect and preserve the United States of America.
Critics claimed that the speech encouraged violence in the event of a Hillary Clinton presidency. Bevin posted a comment on his official Facebook page saying that his remarks were taken out of context. more >>
Cleveland pastor Darrell Scott of the New Spirit Revival Center who also moonlights as a surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, believes many black Apostolic Christians also known as "Oneness Pentecostals" will not vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton because of her sex.
"There are entire African American Pentecostal/Apostolic Denominations that will NEVER vote for a Woman to be President!" Scott wrote in his initial tweet on the subject before adding, "Some Traditional Black Apostolic Denominations do not believe Women should be in leadership, and will NEVER vote for a Woman to be President." more >>
We had been to see the new Dinesh D'Souza documentary, "Hillary's America," when afterward a woman and her husband recognized me with my wife, Kim, on the sidewalk outside of the theater. She bounced over my way and said, "You're just the man I wanted to see" and quickly launched into a half dozen questions about the documentary and other matters of both a religious and political nature.
While engaged in answering her inquiries, she concluded with a question I've heard over and over again through the years. It was really rhetorical. She already knew the answer. She was just expressing her profound disappointment as a parishioner in her own church.
"Tell me," she said, "Why don't pastors take up the social issues from the Bible? Why don't they give us some direction on politics from the pulpit?" more >>
Christians should be part of a "church family" and not try to live spiritually on their own, says Saddleback Church senior pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
In his Daily Hope devotional on Monday, the megachurch pastor stressed that being part of a church family is essential to fulfilling God's purposes for one's life.
"You cannot fulfill the five purposes (worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, evangelism) on your own. Life is not a solo act. You were created for community," wrote Warren. more >>