Regional bodies of the United Methodist Church do not believe they are violating denominational rules on ordination by no longer questioning clergy candidates on matters of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
As part of the divisive debate over homosexuality within the UMC, some regional bodies, or Annual Conferences, have had their Boards of Ordained Ministry waive the consideration of a clergy candidate's sexual orientation.
Candace Cameron Bure is receiving backlash from some of her Christian fans for singing the '90s hit song "Ice Ice Baby" for karaoke day on "The View."
On Wednesday's episode of ABC's all-female talk show, Bure performed a 2016 cover of the popular '90s rap song, and was joined onstage by Vanilla Ice. Some of her more conservative Christian fans criticized her song choice while others stood up for her.
Bure, fully dressed in b-boy style, rapped and danced — hopping, sliding, and twirling around the stage. more >>
Televangelist Bishop Eddie Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, has refused to answer whether the 2010 accusations against him that he had sex with four teenagers are true.
Long was directly asked a yes or no question by talk show host Steve Harvey on WAGA Fox 5 in Atlanta about the allegations, to which he replied: "I'm bound by court. I can't make any statement about that."
Long was accused back in 2010 by four young men that he forced them to have sexual relations with him while they were teenagers. The case was reportedly settled in 2011, but due to the nature of the agreement, the pastor is unable to speak about the details. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has railed against a $60,000 award given to a fifth grade transgender teacher in Oregon who says she was harassed and "misgendered" by coworkers.
"Doesn't a person's DNA or birth certificate count for anything? Shouldn't fact override fantasy? God created people male and female," Graham said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
Breitbat News reported earlier this week that Leo Soell, who works as a fifth grade teacher at Gresham-Barlow school in Oregon, was given the money after submitting a complaint claiming that her co-workers continuously used the wrong gender pronouns when addressing her. more >>
Irish couple Keith and Kristyn Getty have impacted the world with their powerful hymns and worships songs. And now for their first album since 2012, the couple has teamed up with internationally renowned music artists Chris Tomlin, Fernando Ortega, John Patitucci, and popular South African male choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, for their powerful new album Facing a Task Unfinished.
The upcoming album by The Gettys was inspired by the hymn, "Facing a Task Unfinished." The original song was written by China Inland Mission worker (now OMF International) Frank Houghton in 1931 as he reflected on the the Great Commission and the scripture Matthew 24:14, which encouraged him to dedicate his life to sharing the Gospel with people in China.
"Facing a task unfinished, that drives us to our knees. more >>
Conservative radio host Bryan Fischer has responded to the news that Canada might be considering two-year prison terms for speech deemed as being anti-transgender by stating that the "gay gestapo" is on a "mission from the dark lord."
"The gay gestapo is on a mission from the dark lord to relentlessly harass, intimidate, punish, and silence every advocate of sexual normalcy," said Fischer, who hosts "Focal Point" on American Family Radio.
"Now the deviancy cabal intends to send preachers who speak the truth about transgenderism and transvestitism to jail for two years," he added. more >>