A decision by Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas to pay Presbyterian Church (USA) $7.8-milion for a building that the congregation built in the 1920s, nearly 60 years before it joined PCUSA, may strand countless other congregations as they struggle with leaving PCUSA over its policy of allowing non-celibate homosexuals to marry and be in leadership.
HPPC agreed to a settle in a court case that sought to challenge PCUSA's strong assertions that it owns all property under "trust" if a congregation joins the denomination. The position has become a central battleground for churches struggling with PCUSA's progressive positions on homosexuality.
Despite getting an initial injunction in their favor as well as a date in October for a hearing, last week Highland Park and Grace Presbytery reached a settlement wherein the Dallas church will pay $7.8 million by November. more >>
The Church of Scotland has said it's aiming for reconciliation and to bring the country together regardless of the results of the all-important referendum on Thursday that will decide whether Scotland will separate from the United Kingdom or not.
A representative of the Church confirmed the Church's neutrality on the referendum in an email to The Christian Post late last week. He also offered several statements from Rt. Rev. John Chalmers, the moderator of the General Assembly, who addressed Scottish believers in a sermon from St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh on Sunday.
"There are all sorts of difficult life choices and these should be subject of our prayers, just as my wrestling with the 'Yes/No question' for Scotland will be the subject of my prayers," Chalmers stated. more >>
A South Carolina pastor was sentenced to two weeks in jail for consistently leading church services that disturbed the surrounding community by making too much noise.
Johnnie Clark, the lead pastor of Rehoboth United Assemblies Church in Columbia, South Carolina, is now serving the jail time for violating the city's noise ordinance, according to KHOU.com report.
The Richland County jury found the pastor guilty of unlawful sound amplification following a three day trial. He was sentenced to two weeks in jail after prosecutors laid out their evidence against him. more >>
A Texas megachurch that broke away from the largest Presbyterian congregation in the United States will have to pay $7.8 million in order to secure its property.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which recently voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) due to the denomination's liberal theology, agreed to a settlement with its former regional body.
The PCUSA Presbytery of Grace and Highland Park reached the settlement comes the month before oral arguments were to be heard in a lawsuit Highland Park leveled to not pay for the church property. more >>
WASHINGTON — Pastors Mark Dever of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. and Christopher Brooks, head of Evangel Ministries in Detroit, say congregations must uphold their biblical responsibilities as members of the church by creating a "culture of accountability" for their pastors and church leaders.
Speaking at the Evangelical Leadership Summit hosted by the American Enterprise Institute, the two pastors who oversee inner city churches talked about an array of issues concerning pastoral leadership.
"I think a lot of churches are dysfunctional because their pastors are terrible. And I would like to see more healthy pastors leading more healthy churches," Dever said. more >>
The ex-wife of a former Scientology president has opened up about her life in the organization, including being ostracized and cut off from family and friends after her divorce.
Karen de la Carriere and Heber Jentzsch were married in 1978 and celebrated his being made International President of the Church of Scientology the following year. However, in 1982, she began to question Scientology's practice of auditing, in which members are counseled and told what to do in order to receive answers to their questions.
"I had people threatening to throw themselves from the tenth floor onto the cement below," Karen told MailOnline. "Scientology is mindlessly anti-psychiatry and here we were disingenuously and hypocritically accepting psychiatric patients. If one of these people died on my watch I was responsible." more >>