A Hawaii judge dismissed an atheist's lawsuit Thursday against churches, claiming they defrauded the government and paid less than the standard rent for the school buildings in which they worship. A Christian attorney said the case was dismissed because the atheists had no evidence.
"There's no question that this was an ideological battle based on their opposition to churches being in public schools altogether," Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel and leader of the Church Project with Christian legal group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), told The Christian Post on Friday.
The judge dismissed the case, known as Kahle v. New Hope International Ministries, because there was no evidence of fraud, Stanley explained. Atheists Mitchell Kahle and Holly Huber filed their suit against five Hawaii churches, including two which ADF represented, One Love Ministries and Calvary Chapel Central Oahu. more >>
The megachurch movement in the United States is not dying or slowing down, according to a recent, end-of-year report that shows a growing number of attendance, averaging 2,000 people in 46 states.
"With each passing year, megachurches are more in both number and size and the ones at the top of the list are larger than the ones at the top of the list in previous years," Warren Bird, director of research and intellectual capital development for Leadership Network, told The Christian Post.
Megachurches tend to be more protestant in nature and, by definition, hold services for 2,000 members or more. In the U.S., several congregations surpass that figure by large numbers, including Rick Warren's Saddleback Church based in Lake Forest, Calif., and Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, among others. According to Bird, there are currently 1,650 established megachurches in the country, many of which draw a sizeable percentage of young adults. more >>
WASHINGTON-A constitutional lawyer who was a featured speaker at an event held by the Family Research Council has stated that he is "fairly optimistic" the U.S. Supreme Court will take up the Mt. Soledad cross case.
Ken Klukowski, director of the FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, told The Christian Post on Thursday that this was likely even with the "long odds" facing the possibility.
"I would predict, I am fairly optimistic they're actually going to take the Mt. Soledad case after the Ninth Circuit gets done with this appeal on it in the next few months," said Klukowski. more >>
Pastor Ken Hutcherson, 61, of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., highly respected for his solid biblical teaching and a champion of the multi-ethnic church movement, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
"Antioch Bible Church sadly announces that shortly before noon today our Senior Pastor Dr. Ken Hutcherson was ushered in the [presence] of the Lord. Please pray for comfort and peace for the family," an announcement on the church website reads. "The family asked that you give them some privacy at this time."
During an interview with The Christian Post earlier this month, Hutcherson (known to his friends as "Hutch"), with a voice weakened by cancer and its required treatment, said the number one thing he wanted to talk about was the importance of having churches that not only accept, but embrace people of different ethnicities and races. more >>
A teacher in Oregon was fired over openly opposing the construction of a Planned Parenthood facility, alleges a California-based pro-life legal organization.
The Life Legal Defense Foundation of Napa has stated that Bill Diss was wrongfully fired from his teaching position by Portland Public Schools on Monday.
Rebekah Millard, staff counsel with the Foundation, told The Christian Post about how her organization became involved in the matter. more >>
A review panel for the Texas State Board of Education has approved a biology textbook that had been criticized by Creationists for alleged factual errors.
The approval of the Pearson biology textbook was delayed earlier this year over allegations of factual inaccuracy, and has been added to the approved list.