In the wake of three high-profile departures from the Reformed community, The Gospel Coalition, its founders have asked for prayer for their organization and have chosen to focus on doctrinal differences as an explanation rather than a controversy surrounding some of its council members.
"Pray for us that moves and changes like these will be marked on all sides by the startling, visible graciousness that should be present in all saved by grace," wrote New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller and Canadian Reformed theologian D. A. Carson in a statement released on Wednesday.
Over the weekend, the names of two members of the TGC council with backgrounds in Sovereign Grace Ministries, C. J. Mahaney and Joshua Harris, were removed from the site's list of leaders. more >>
Last Thursday, Nathaniel Morales, a former volunteer at Covenant Life Church, was convicted of sexually abusing three young boys between 1983 and 1991. While the guilty verdict was hailed as a victory by the victims, and many bloggers and activists following the story, their enthusiasm was dampened by witnesses' testimonies from Tuesday, which suggested that former pastor Grant Lyman had withheld incriminating information from the police about the abuse.
Zach Hoag, a progressive Christian minister and blogger who previously considered himself part of the Reformed movement, and who has followed the case for over a year, said that although he does not see himself as an activist, he decided to create #IStandWithSGMVictims last week as a means of drawing more attention to the story.
Evaluating the hashtag's effectiveness on Monday, Hoag told The Christian Post that he believes it has sparked "good conversations" and "appropriate outrage" about the reality that sex abuse allegations had been covered up by a CLC leader, contrary to a statement that the church had released in February 2013. more >>
A lesbian clergy candidate in the United Methodist Church was finally rejected for possible ordination by the denomination.
After a long and uncertain process, Mary Ann Barclay released a statement Tuesday confirming that the Board of Ordained Ministry rejected her candidacy.
The head of the Episcopal Diocese, where the first openly gay bishop once served, has expressed "sadness" at the news of the former bishop's pending divorce.
Bishop A. Robert Hirschfeld of the Diocese of New Hampshire sent an email out to over 190 church officials in the diocese regarding the news of Gene Robinson's divorcing Mark Andrew, his partner of 25 years.
In the email, provided to The Christian Post by the Diocese, Hirschfeld forwarded Robinson's divorce announcement with comments of his own included. more >>
The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a New York town that held Christian prayers before the start of their town meetings.
In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the highest court in the land ruled 5 to 4 on Monday that Greece could select Christian ministers to pray before their town meetings.
Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court, and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito, with Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas concurring. more >>
Malta has become the 22nd European country to recognize same-sex unions and the 10th to allow gay couples to adopt children following a parliament vote, going against the warnings of the Roman Catholic Church, which is the official state religion.
The bill passed by a vote of 37-0, with the opposition abstaining because it is in favor of gay unions but not in allowing gay couples to adopt.
The vote prompted celebratory scenes for the thousands who had gathered at the central square in the capital Valletta to support the passage of the bill. more >>