First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, a 2,600-member Pennsylvania congregation, may depart from Presbyterian Church (USA) over the denomination's increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
In June, First Presbyterian's leadership decided to begin the process of discernment to possibly seek dismissal from PC(USA).
In a letter sent out to members on June 16, the Session for First Presbyterian explained the decision to begin the discernment process, with leadership supporting dismissal from the Mainline denomination in a vote of 19-1. more >>
Even though billionaire businessman Donald Trump has been widely criticised for his misogynistic brashness during last Thursday's Fox News presidential debate, leading Evangelist Franklin Graham believes most Americans can "agree" with some of the remarks the Donald made during the primetime two-hour event.
In a post-debate interview with AL.com, Graham, the president of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, explained that he was excited to hear some of the 17 GOP candidates talk about their faith and God during the debates.
Though Graham, who prayed for a number of the participating candidates, refused to endorse any one candidate, he was asked give his thoughts about Trump's performance. more >>
A former assistant professor at Northwest Christian University in Oregon, who alleges she was fired after she refused an ultimatum to either marry or leave the father of her unborn child and admit the pregnancy was a mistake, is now suing the university for $650,000.
The professor, Coty Richardson, who had worked at the Christian school as an instructor in exercise science since 2011, told KPTV that she got pregnant in early 2015 but had no immediate plans to marry the father of her unborn child who lives in Seattle, Washington.
According to the lawsuit cited by OregonLive, when Richardson revealed to her supervisors that she was pregnant, she was told to either marry her partner of 12 years immediately, declare the pregnancy a mistake, or end the relationship. more >>
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., argued in Thursday night's Fox News Republican presidential debate that an unborn child's right to life is inherent under the United States Constitution and the passage of a constitutional amendment is not required to ban abortions.
Huckabee's first response at the the primetime debate, which featured the top-10 polling GOP candidates, was prefaced by moderator Chris Wallace asking him how he would persuade Independents and Democrats to vote for him when he advocates strongly for constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion.
"Chris, I disagree with the idea that the real issue is a constitutional amendment. That's a long and difficult process. I've actually taken the position that's bolder than that," the 59-year-old Southern Baptist minister responded. "A lot of people are talking about defunding Planned Parenthood, as if that's a huge game changer. I think it's time to do something even more bold. I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother's womb is a person at the moment of conception." more >>
Sarah Jakes Roberts, daughter of popular megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes, upbraided a critic who called her "carnal" on Instagram for posting a photo of herself modeling clothes stocked in her closet by her stylist.
The photo, which has been liked by fans of the preacher's daughter more than 3,000 times, sparked a rash of reactions after she captioned it with the comment: "When @stylistjbolin stocks your closet so well you just get to walk in the closet and play. This old dress as a jacket with my favorite ripped jeans from Tarjay made for a comfy day."
While Instagram user miacarla4516 complimented Jakes' outfit, the apparent fan felt the post was too carnal. more >>
Two Latin American Presbyterian denominations have decided to sever ties with the largest Presbyterian church in the United States over its recent vote to allow gay marriage. Presbyterian Church (USA) has confirmed that last month the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil and the Evangelical Presbyterian and Reformed Church of Peru voted to end their affiliation with the American denomination.
In a statement republished by Presbyterian News Service, the IPIB wrote that issues regarding its affiliation with PC(USA) began in 2011 when the American body passed Amendment 10a, which allowed presbyteries to ordain openly gay clergy.
"After a debate that began in 2011 … our church, that had initially decided to continue in partnership, in this last General Assembly, made the decision to interrupt the official partnership with this beloved church," stated IPIB. more >>