Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr., who founded the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., nearly 60 years ago, was reportedly on the "edge of death," according to his two sons.
"I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the 'church' back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas," reads a Facebook post published by Nathan Phelps on Saturday.
Nathan Phelps, who broke away from the controversial religious group years ago, continued, "I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made." more >>
Approaching the 1-year anniversary of the death of her son, Matthew, Kay Warren recently shared her strong feelings about the perhaps well-meaning, but often insensitive comments she's received during the grieving process. Her husband, Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, says her post, which has since gone viral, resonates with many who have faced a similar situation.
"It struck a nerve with every grieving person who faces well-meaning but clueless reactions from others," posted Rick Warren on his Facebook page on Friday. "In 24 hours, her post has been read by over 1.5 million people, re-posted nearly 9,000 time, and thousands have left affirming 'I get it' comments."
In just the few days since its original posting, Kay Warren's "Don't Tell Grievers to 'Move On'" piece has been re-posted nearly 17,000 times and readership has climbed well over the initial 1.5 million. Pastor Warren urged the readers of his post to "Like" her Facebook page in support then pass her article on to others. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, of Saddleback Church, will be joined by several experts in the field of mental health, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County to host The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church later this month.
Open to everyone, The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church on March 28 is designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any who face the challenges of mental illness, say organizers.
"It's so important that people know, no matter how desperate their despair, there is hope, and not to give up," said Kay Warren. "We want this to be a hopeful event that encourages individuals and helps them realize they are not alone in dealing with mental illness." more >>
Often, when I fly over the country, I'll look down over some of the great rivers below like the Missouri or the Mississippi. I've noticed a curious formation in several places – an "oxbow" in the river. These are found along the path of a river where you can see how clearly, over time, the river used to bend at an extreme angle. But now the river is running in a different channel. The main flow is cut off from the oxbow. The oxbow is a bend in the river where the river has passed it by. That cutoff bend forms a stagnant lake, which over time, continues to fill into a boggy swamp.
So my question for you is this: "Is your organization in danger of becoming an oxbow?"
All along a river's path, dead river oxbows that have fully filled in can be helpful for agriculture as their fertile planting soil is wonderful for growing. However your organization is not a farm, and there's no reward for you becoming extinct! more >>
A former Swedish megachurch pastor has resigned from the church board of the largest Assembly of God church in the world.
Ulf Ekman, the former leader at Word of Life, announced earlier this week that he and his wife Birgitta would be converting to Catholicism, and that he would also be departing his post at Yoido Full Gospel Church, where pastor David Yonggi Cho was recently convicted on charges that millions of dollars of church money was spent on buying his son's stocks. Cho was also sentenced to three years in prison.
A California pastor says he is concerned about the state of the church and believes that Christianity in America has shifted away from the Gospel and instead of being the light of the world, Christians are beginning to look just like the world.
Shane Idleman, founder and lead pastor of Westside Christian Fellowship in Lancaster, Calif., wrote a blog post directed towards church leaders who he says have exchanged the truth for tolerance. He urges them and the rest of the Christian community to reflect on whether they are affecting the world or being infected by it.
"The present condition of the church and America leaves one to wonder if this lack of fearing the Lord is contributing to her spiritually dead condition. A healthy respect of God is what our culture, and the church desperately need," Idleman told The Christian Post. more >>