Hillsong Church founding pastor Brian Houston insists that his Sydney-based megachurch has made "absolutely no change" in regard to its "stance on homosexuality and gay marriage," after a critical blog post claimed that two engaged openly gay men were leading Hillsong NYC's choir.
"There has been absolutely no change to Hillsong Church's stance on homosexuality and gay marriage," Houston wrote on his Twitter account early Tuesday morning. The Hillsong Church Twitter account also tweeted his 140-character comment, but in Spanish.
Hours later, a "Hillsong Church statement by Senior Pastor Brian Houston" was published to the ministry's website. In the statement, Houston challenges the recent blog post about two gay men who attend Hillsong's NYC location. more >>
Prominent evangelical Christian leader John Piper has suggested that God allowed Mars Hill Church to collapse as a "tactical defeat" in the overall war between good and evil.
Mars Hill was an influential multi-site megachurch that officially dissolved at the end of 2014 amid controversies surrounding its founder and lead pastor, Mark Driscoll, over alleged plaigarism of books and his admitted "divisive" leadrship style.
Piper, author at DesiringGod.com and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, explained in a podcast last Friday that God was like a general. more >>
Christian missiologist and LifeWay Research President Ed Stetzer will be joining BreakPoint, co-hosting a program that will broadcast on more than 400 stations nationwide.
Stetzer posted a statement online Monday to announce that he will co-host the program "BreakPoint This Week" alongside John Stonestreet, who is now the president of the Colson Center, beginning the weekend of Sept. 12-13.
The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview annoounced that Stetzer and Stonestreet's weekend program will "address critical contemporary concerns" while expounding on the latest news of the week. more >>
As the result of a court settlement between a Colorado school district and a disgruntled Jewish teacher, an evangelical church is now banned from hosting its Sunday services at a high school that the congregation has paid over $20,000 to worship in for over three years.
In late May, Robert Basevitz, a Jewish teacher at Florence High School in Fremont County, filed a lawsuit against his employer school district claiming that school administrators were promoting Christianity and violating his civil rights.
The lawsuit explains that the teacher was told to "use the side door" upon complaining that large prayer gatherings around the school's flagpole 30 minutes before the start of school each morning affected his ability to enter through the front entrance of the school. The lawsuit also claims that Basevitz was transferred to an elementary school about a month after issuing his complaint. more >>
As churches and Christian organizations weigh whether or not to continue participating in and sponsoring the Boy Scouts of America after it lifted a ban on openly gay scout leaders, a number of prominent evangelical figures are advising churchgoers to drop out and to stop supporting the BSA altogether.
Don Blake, president of the Virginia Christian Alliance, a coalition that encourages Christians to stand up against the rise of secular culture, told a central Virginia NBC affiliate that Christians who are involved with the Boy Scouts of America need to protect their children by either starting their own scouting programs or joining already existing programs that do not permit openly gay scout leaders.
"All the church people who believe in the Bible need to drop out of the Boy Scouts and start their own program," Blake asserted. "There are existing programs out there." more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, who resigned in May after admitting to an affair, has said in a heartfelt message to supporters that he and his family have been overwhelmed by the ordeal, but he is relying on Jesus and willing to let people see him "at the bottom."
"As you can imagine, the last few months have changed my life forever. Nothing will ever be the same. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up one morning and it will have all been a bad, bad dream. But that morning never comes," Tchividjian, who is the grandson of famous evangelist Billy Graham, shared on Facebook.
"Instead, I wake up every day and am freshly hit with the fact that this nightmare is real. My family and I are, at every imaginable level, overwhelmed. What life will look like from here on out is completely unknown to us. And that scares me. But we are alive and not without hope. We are certain that better and brighter days are ahead." more >>