President Barack Obama has signed an executive order commissioning former megachurch pastor Rob Bell to write a gender-neutral Bible.
Meant to serve as a corollary to Obama's demands that public schools allow boys to go into girls' bathrooms, the executive order will give Bell $7 million to research, write and and publish a Bible that breaks through the barriers of gender.
In a rare White House press briefing, Obama said Bell is the most competent person for the job. more >>
Ex-Mars Hill Pastor Mark Driscoll's new church, The Trinity Church, has purchased a permanent home just weeks before its public launch, acquiring a historic church building in the Phoenix suburbs.
Driscoll, who left the Seattle megachurch Mars Hill in October 2014 and is in the midst of a racketeering lawsuit, announced in February that he would be leading The New Trinity Church in Arizona.
As the church plans to launch on Aug. 7, it recently secured a permanent home in Scottsdale by purchasing the historic 1,400-seat Glass and Garden Church located at 8620 McDonald Drive, the same building that the church rented when it held its Easter gathering earlier this year. more >>
I see regularly the slogan from the American Humanists Association: "Good Without God." And I think …. well, maybe for a while, one can be good (before men). But only because they piggyback on the Judeo-Christian values they may have imbibed. After a while, it all fades away.
The reality of that fading away now hits us daily in the news. There's not a week that goes by without some new report of violence and mayhem. Some attacks are worse than others.
Just recently, the UK's Daily Mail referred to "lawless Paris," in an attack on innocent people, including tourists. more >>
Church leaders from 33 different countries and all 50 states participated in Pastor Rick Warren's three-day "Purpose Driven Conference" at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, this week, with nearly 70 percent being newcomers who were not at the first conference 10 years ago.
"The world needs hope like never before," Warren said in his opening speech Tuesday morning. "Our hope is not in government. It will never come through a politician. Our hope is not in who we put in the White House, but in who we put on the cross."
The Purpose Driven paradigm is like "the operating system for the church," Warren said in a statement ahead of the conference. "We must help plateaued churches and discouraged pastors, and we must train a whole new generation to embrace God's five purposes for the church: fellowship, discipleship, worship, ministry and evangelism." more >>
A mainline church has adopted a resolution to officially apologize for having once been complicit in spreading Christianity.
All Faiths Episcopal Church unanimously approved the petition, titled "We're Sorry We Ever Told You About Jesus" resolution.
The apology centers on the many awful things the Church has done by advancing Christianity and how said advancements continue to negatively impact the broader community. more >>
The Very Rev Dr Jonathan Draper, the Dean of Exeter Cathedral in the U.K., said that he is embarrassed by Christians who voted for Britain to leave the European Union in last week's referendum, though later he apologized for also suggesting voters are "stupid."
The Express&Echo noted that Draper made a series of comments on social media following the referendum, expressing his disappointment with the results, in which 52 to 48 percent of U.K. citizens voted to sever ties with the EU by 2019.
Draper responded to a poll suggesting that Christians were more likely to vote for Leave than other religious groups by tweeting: "As a Christian I am embarrassed and apologise." more >>