After publicly criticizing the ministry of megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, former Mars Hill Church lead pastor Mark Driscoll says the Lord has convicted him about his "sin" against the popular preacher and he's now seeking to make amends.
Driscoll, who resigned from the leadership of the Seattle-based Mars Hill Church last October amid controversy over his leadership style, was tackled about his criticism of Osteen during a recent interview with Hillsong Church's Brian Houston.
"I always had a huge personal problem with people doing that. People criticizing other pastors even though we are different on some issues. And Joel Osteen is a personal friend of mine and so again, one of the first things I knew about you was that you talked about Joel publicly. So when I first met you I was paranoid because the last thing I wanted was [inaudible] you speaking against me publicly," said Houston to a penitent Driscoll during the interview. more >>
The U.S. Senate will soon vote on a piece of proposed legislation meant to defund the controversial abortion provider Planned Parenthood.
Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky introduced a bill banning all federal funding of Planned Parenthood last Friday.
In perhaps the most humbling reaction to his controversial exit from Mars Hill Church less than a year ago, co-founder of the now defunct Seattle-based megachurch, Mark Driscoll, revealed in a tearful video interview with Hillsong Church's Brian Houston that it was God who told him and his wife, Grace, to resign from the church because a trap had been set.
In the nearly hour-long interview where he addressed issues such as his domineering leadership style, his views on the role of women in the church and longtime online comments Driscoll and his wife revealed that the initial plan wasn't to resign from the church.
Driscoll explained that after an evaluation was conducted at the church he was asked to work on the issues of pride, anger and his domineering leadership style with an expectation to return to the pulpit in January 2015. more >>
E. Dewey Smith Jr., senior pastor at The House of Hope Atlanta (Greater Travelers Rest) in Decatur, Georgia, has become somewhat of a hero among gay rights advocates after a clip from one of his recent sermons on the hypocritical treatment of gays by some black churches went viral during the weekend. On Monday, however, he declared that his message should not be taken as support for LGBT advocacy.
"In the African-American church … you are guilty of condemning the Supreme Court system and preaching against something. But if you look at half of our choirs and a great number of our artists that we call abominations, we call demons, we demonize and dehumanize the same people that we use. We don't say nothing about the gay choir director because he's good for business," said Smith in the 5-minute clip from the controversial message that has been viewed more than 300,000 times on YouTube since it was posted last Thursday.
"As long as the choir sound good, I ain't saying nothing about his sexuality. We have done what the slave master did to us. Dehumanize us, degrade us, demonize us, but then use them for our advantage," he added. Dewey's comments from the clip have sparked a frenzy of headlines and an ongoing discussion about his views on same-sex marriage. more >>
A major LGBT Methodist organization may reach a settlement with an ex-employee who's filing a complaint against them over allegations of "gender identity discrimination" and unlawful firing.
Reconciling Ministries Network, which boasts the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the United States, requested and was given an extension on its official response to the complaint filed by its former director of communications Andy Oliver.
The Christian Post obtained a copy of the RMN motion via a FOIA request submitted and granted last week. more >>
LGBT groups and their allies in Congress are pushing for a sweeping piece of legislation that if enacted would, according to critics, limit religious freedom in the United States.
Known as the Equality Act, the bill would add the classifications of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the 1964 Civil Rights Act, as well as expand the level of businesses that must adhere to the Act.
Congressman David N. Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat who is an openly gay member of Congress, introduced the anti-discrimination legislation last Thursday. more >>