The teaching pastor who took over for controversial author and Pastor Rob Bell at Mars HIll Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, announced Sunday that he will soon be leaving the church and explained that "being a pastor is not really who I am."
Kent Dobson, who assumed the teaching pastor position at the 12,000-member megachurch when Bell left the congregation and moved to California in 2012, told the congregation during Sunday's service that he will be stepping down from his role in the coming months to pursue a "greater mystery."
He told the congregants that he has never felt right serving in the role of pastor because he has always been "drawn to the edges of religion and faith and God." He has even stated a few times that he doesn't know "what we mean by God anymore?" more >>
Over 40 percent of women who have had an abortion say they were frequent churchgoers at the time they ended their pregnancies and about a half of them say they kept their abortions hidden from church members, new LifeWay Research shows.
In a survey released Monday that was sponsored by the pregnancy center support organization Care Net, researchers from the Christian research group LifeWay found that about 70 percent of women who had an abortion self-identified as Christians, while 43 percent say they attended a Christian church at least once per month or more at the time they aborted their child.
The survey, which interviewed 1,038 respondents who've all had abortions, found that 20 percent of the respondents attended church at least once a week at the time of their first pregnancy termination. Six percent said they attended church more than once per week, while about 54 percent said they rarely or never attended a church. more >>
A Tennessee congregation blessed a working mother of three on Sunday when they presented her with a $1,400 as tip for delivering 10 pizzas to their children's Bible study.
Audrey Martin, a single mother of three children younger than 5, recently lost her apartment and has been working for Domino's pizza in Rocky Top for about four months. Although Martin was not scheduled to work on Sunday, she went into work just to help out and wound up encountering a "miracle moment."
Martin was assigned to deliver an order of 10 pizzas to the Covenant Life Church for their children's Bible study. Upon entering the church, Martin was asked by the church's pastor, Rev. Tony McAfee, to come up onto the sanctuary stage during the adult service. more >>
Depending on how you look at it, Jim Bob Duggar may be one of the least expected people to offer parental advice, given his son's recent scandalous fall from grace. Then again, perhaps Jim Bob's experiences make him one of the best qualified to speak on family matters.
However you choose to see it, when it comes to being a father and raising a family, Jim Bob has got a few suggestions. In the aftermath of Josh's molestation and cheating scandals, which rocked the entire Duggar clan — causing the cancellation of the family's reality show "19 Kids and Counting" — Jim Bob posted an open letter on the family's website suggesting that in order to safeguard one's family from sources of temptation, removing all "worldly or sensual content" from the home is the best course of action.
Duggar suggests that risque content be replaced with "good things," including "wholesome music, biographies of great Christians, good old-fashioned family fun and games." He also advises on how to be the family's spiritual leader and coach. more >>
Evangelicals who support gay marriage are not "intellectually honest" and are unfaithful to the biblical teachings on sexuality and marriage, Family Research Council Senior Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder said Tuesday.
The 2,800-member Evangelical Theological Society, a prominent group of leading Evangelical scholars, theologians and professors, adopted four resolutions last week at its annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, which affirm the Bible's teaching on marriage and sexuality.
Schwarzwalder, one of the co-drafters of the resolutions, told The Christian Post that although the ETS very seldom adopts resolutions, the resolutions were passed in an attempt to debunk the mainstream media's notion that there's a divide amongst Evangelicals on gay marriage and sexual morality. more >>
12 million viewers recently watched "The Voice" contestant Jordan Smith perform one of the most popular hymns in the Christian faith, "Great is Thy Faithfulness," according to Nielsen ratings. The unforgettable performance garnered the singer the top spot on iTunes, beating out some of today's most popular artists.
The Kentucky native, now one of the final contestants on the 9th season of "The Voice," decided to showcase a song that hits close to home. Smith is a senior at the Pentecostal college, Church of God's Lee University, where he is part of the music ensemble Lee Singers.
He has publicly credited his musical accomplishment to the training he received at Lee University. In addition to the Lee Singers, Smith was also director of Second Edition, a six-voice ensemble with band, and an active member of the worship team that leads campus chapel services. more >>