A lawsuit aimed at guaranteeing ownership of church property by the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation will be tried at the state level rather than federal, ruled a U.S. District Court.
Judge Jane Boyle of Dallas ruled Monday that the Highland Park Presbyterian Church congregation's lawsuit will be held in Texas state court.
Monty Montgomery, an elder and Session-appointed spokesman for Highland Park Presbyterian, told The Christian Post about the reasoning behind Judge Boyle's ruling. more >>
A group loyal to the national Episcopal Church has filed a motion in a South Carolina court to have an injunction that stops them from using a departing diocese's name and seal lifted.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina (TECSC) made the motion with regards to the name and marks of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership left the national church last year.
A hearing is scheduled for the motion before Circuit Court Judge Diane S. Goodstein on Friday, which will focus on the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) put against TECSC. more >>
The dean of one of the largest churches in the world recently declared during a sermon that homophobia is a sin, while at the same time, making no mention as to whether homosexuality may also be one.
In a sermon delivered Sunday at the Washington National Cathedral, The Very Reverend Gary Hall declared that "much of the blame belongs to our churches" in spreading hatred of gay people.
"Homophobia is a sin. Heterosexism is a sin. Shaming people for whom they love is a sin. Shaming people because their gender identity doesn't fit neatly into your sense of what it should be is a sin," said Hall, who is the Tenth Dean of The Episcopal Church's Cathedral. "Only when all our churches say that clearly and boldly and courageously will our LGBT youth be free to grow up in a culture that totally embraces them fully as they are." more >>
1. Judah Smith
- Judah Smith, author of the best-selling Jesus Is: Find a New Way to Be Human, is the lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, the fourth largest-growing church in the nation.
Filmmaker and Christian media consultant Phil Cooke recently offered a word of advice to those upset that their donor bricks at the former Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, Calif. are being replaced with new landscaping. Cooke advised the upset donors to "get a life," and to focus on the act of giving more than the reward of recognition that accompanies it.
The Crystal Cathedral, originally opened in 1981 by evangelical pastor Robert H. Schuller, was sold to the Catholic Diocese in Orange County in 2011 after citing $55 million in debt in a 2010 bankruptcy report. The diocese then announced in June of last year that it would be re-naming the former Crystal Cathedral as "Christ Cathedral," and the iconic, reflective glass building would be remodeled to make it suitable for Roman Catholic services. The diocese is reportedly planning on the new building as serving as its primary cathedral.
Recent reports indicate that those who donated to the Crystal Cathedral in the 1970's,1980's and 1990's had a walkway of bricks engraved with their names constructed at the cathedral. These bricks are now being removed as the Catholic Church plans new landscaping. more >>
Pastor and author Kevin DeYoung says that churches are often the culprit in perpetuating busyness among their congregations.
The senior pastor of University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Mich., and author of Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully Short Book About A (Really) Big Problem, told The Christian Post about how the church can contribute to the problem.
"I think the church is often a culprit in the busyness, especially in the evangelical church. Again, it's part of being Americans. Part of being evangelicals too is that we're highly activist," said DeYoung. "We are always diving in, willing to solve problems, and again there's a lot good there. But we also need the theological balance that the Kingdom is not ours to bring or ours to create." more >>