Some regional bodies within the United Methodist Church are petitioning the denomination to approve the end of its relationship with a pro-choice advocacy group at General Conference.
The UMC Annual Conferences of Western Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Alabama-West Florida, Mississippi, and Indiana are among those that have petitioned the Mainline Protestant denomination to sever its longstanding ties with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.
John Lomperis, the United Methodist action director at the theologically conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy, as well as an elected delegate for the 2016 UMC General Conference, is among those calling for the denomination to sever its ties with the abortion advocacy group that previously told this publication it's opposed to any restrictions on abortion, including during the third trimester. more >>
Princeton Theological Seminary hosted a controversial conference last week to explore so called "gender fluidity" and how people are "forging new gender identities" outside the norms of male and female.
Titled "Gender Benders: Theology and Gender Fluidity," the multi-day conference was presented by the seminary's center for theology, women, and gender last weekend.
The center's Director, Jacqueline Lapsley, said in a statement last month that "[g]ender identity is a topic of great interest today, especially for young people." more >>
Oprah Winfrey will soon shine the light of her influential brand on the American megachurch in her upcoming OWN scripted drama "Greenleaf," a series that's set to premiere this summer.
A compelling trailer posted on social media last week introduces audiences to the Greenleaf family and its patriarchs, James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield) — the bishop and first lady of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, a couple whose righteous personas might only be a thin veneer. When their estranged "prodigal daughter" Grace Greenleaf, played by Merle Dandridge, returns home — after 20 years away — following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith, she uncovers the family's hidden sins and secrets.
The tension-filled trailer gives viewers a hint of James Greenleaf's darkside when he says in a close-up,"If I thought your Uncle Mac did anything, you think he would still be alive?" more >>
Leadership in the United Methodist Church are calling upon the denomination to adopt $12 million in cuts for the upcoming budget planned for the next four years.
The UMC General Secretaries Table met Monday in Nashville and announced Tuesday that they supported a reduction in the proposed budget from $611 million to $599 million.
According to the statement released by the general secretaries, if adopted the $599 million quadrennial budget would be the lowest in 16 years. more >>
At least two elders at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida allegedly had knowledge that their former pastor, Tullian Tchividjian, grandson to evangelical icon Billy Graham, had engaged in an adulterous affair with a married member of his flock and advised him to keep it secret from his wife.
Reacting to a report in The Christian Post Thursday that Tchividjian was fired by Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida, after they were blindsided by his latest confession, a highly placed source informed CP Friday that the recent disclosure is really the result of a "systemic cover up" by church leaders that began two years ago.
"Tullian had actually been confronted about that two years ago. At the time, he was confronted by two elders at Coral Ridge and Steve Brown (Key Life Ministries), and confessed to having a relationship with a married woman," said the source. more >>
In what could be deemed as a re-introduction to the faith community, Pastor Mark Driscoll attended NewSpring Church pastor Perry Noble's Most Excellent Way to Lead Conference in early March and shared a new vision for himself and his ministry.
"I genuinely am in a season of learning," Driscoll told Pastor Perry Noble during an on-stage interview that recounted the ex-Mars Hill pastor's early years in ministry — which Driscoll likened to being a kite in a hurricane — and only hinted at the demise of Mars Hill Church.
Driscoll explained that God is preparing him for a new role in his ministry. "I really feel that the next season that God is preparing me for is to minister as a father, as a spiritual father, who has the same affection and devotion and heart for people that I do for my own children," he said. "And I'm a pretty emotional, affectionate, present dad — by God's grace — and I feel that that's the next season of leadership that God has for me." more >>