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 >>
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 >>