Pastor Rick Warren's multi-site megachurch will soon celebrate its 35th year of ministry at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Saddleback Church, an influential congregation that boasts 14 campuses on five continents, will hold a community-wide service on Saturday celebrating the milestone.
In a statement released Wednesday, Pastor Warren said that he and his congregation "thank God for 35 years of blessing our church." more >>
Religion News Service's Lauren Markoe authored a story yesterday on the Presbyterian Church (USA) decision to permit same-sex marriages and how, according to a poll from the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), a majority of Mainline Protestants now support the practice.
At the same time, the article notes that the majority of church-affiliated Americans belong to denominations that forbid gay marriage, including Roman Catholics, most Baptists, Pentecostals, evangelicals and Mormons. Markoe also reports that Mainline Protestants have lost ground in recent decades to other denominations and to independent churches.
Accompanying the article is a denominational chart of same-sex marriage support, with some interesting inclusions – and omissions. Taken together, the missing churches constitute tens of millions of members – a significant slice of the U.S. religious pie – all on record opposing redefinition of marriage. Meanwhile, all denominations nationally and globally that support same-sex marriage are in a state of decline. more >>
Chances are the above three individuals will all read this commentary are probably slim to none. Possibly Dr. Ben Carson, soon to be Republican presidential candidate, might get a hold of this article. Let's take our chances and give it a shot.
First, let's address Ellen DeGeneres in a kind and yet forthright way. The reader may recall that over a month ago she directly spoke to me on her national talk show. Taking issue with a commentary I wrote dealing with the avalanche of gay propaganda on TV, she specifically said, "I don't have an agenda! The only thing I'm trying to influence people to do is to be more kind and compassionate to one another."
I recorded an open video response to Ellen and broadcast it for tens of thousands to see. Ellen watched it probably 100 times and subsequently repented and yielded her life to Jesus Christ and is now enrolled in a Bible school (Just kidding! Gotcha' with a little comic relief and an early April Fool's joke). more >>
Roma Downey, the executive producer behind the upcoming 12 part series "A.D. The Bible Continues," has described the project, a sequel to 2013's "The Bible" miniseries, as "Game of Thrones meets The Bible."
Downey told the Irish Voice in an article on Friday that she has high hopes for "A.D.," which premieres on Easter Sunday night, and will follow the events of Jesus' disciples after Christ's resurrection.
"In 2013 we brought you 'The Bible,' in 2014 we brought you 'Son of God' and now it's 2015 and we're about to launch on network television 'A.D. The Bible Continues,'" said Downey, who is co-producing the series alongside her husband, Mark Burnett. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has dismissed suggestions by U.K. scientists that life on Earth might've been started by extraterrestrials who sent the first micro-organism to the planet.
"Sometimes when I read the science news I just have to laugh. It seems that secular scientists are willing to believe anything, no matter how ridiculous, rather than admit the truth that they know in their hearts," Ham wrote in a blog post for AiG.
His comments refer to a story in The Huffington Post from February, where a team of U.K. scientists examined a small metal circular object they believe might have been sent by extraterrestrials to create life on Earth. The object was discovered by astrobiologist Milton Wainwright and a team of researchers, who were looking into dust and minute matter gathered by a high-flying balloon in Earth's stratosphere. more >>
Close to 200 teachers have joined in a lawsuit against the Cranston, Rhode Island, school department, which turned down their requests to take a holiday on Good Friday. The teachers say that their civil rights have been violated, and point out that the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in the fall was approved.
"That's my big concern here, is equity," said Liz Larkin, president of the Cranston Teachers' Alliance, according to The Associated Press.
The lawsuit claims that the school district violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Rhode Island Civil Rights Act, and the Rhode Island Fair Employment Practices Act. more >>