Bayless Conley was back at the pulpit at Cottonwood Church in Los Alamitos, California, this past weekend after suffering a near-tragic boating accident in January.
Although Conley had already returned to the California megachurch, his Saturday appearance was the very first time he preached since the accident, which had left him in critical condition.
The senior pastor was grateful to be back at the pulpit, writing after services, "Well, I did it. Preached (first) time since the accident. Thanks be to God, I had enough vocal strength to get through the entire message." more >>
The University of Notre Dame has acquired the three-volume Bible of the first Roman Catholic priest to be ordained in the United States.
Notre Dame officially accepted the Bible of Father Stephen Badin, a native of France who was ordained in the United States in 1793.
Badin's Bible was delivered to the Indiana-based Catholic academic institution by the Sisters of Loretto of Nerinx, Kentucky, on Monday. more >>
In an effort to ensure a division among networks of Hispanic and Latin churches and organizations globally is not created, the newly merged group named NHCLC/Conela (National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference and Conela) recently responded to a disagreement coming from the World Evangelical Alliance about which association truly represents "evangelical Christians in Latin America and beyond."
"The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/Conela affirms and blesses every effort of unity in the Evangelical church," a joint statement from Mathew D. Staver, dean of the Liberty University School of Law and NHCLC/Conela's general counsel, and Ricardo Luna, executive director of NHCLC/Conela, released on Friday reads.
Last May, NHCLC, which represents "millions of Evangelicals and more than 40,000 churches in the U.S.," formally merged with Conela, a Latin America-based organization that "serves over 487,000 Latin churches across the world in a community of nearly 110 million believers as identified by the research center of PROLADES," according to the group, led by Hispanic evangelical leader the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez along with Luna. more >>
The following essay originally appeared on the Reformed African American Network's website.
Over the past few years, there's been an undercurrent of frustration among minority leadership in evangelical circles. This has occurred especially among those in the reformed theological tradition. It has often seemed that every conference, leadership panel, or blog entry seems to feature maybe one Black, Asian or Hispanic voice and even that one voice has an odd stench of "token" to it. Not that the lone minority is was trying to be something that they're not. In fact, they are quite genuine in their approach. But the minority voice seems to be chosen by the organizers to be the "token" to appease the pleas of diversity from the masses. It almost feels like when your mom tried to do the Cabbage Patch dance to prove she was hip: "We love you and thanks for trying but you obviously don't get it."
The frustration hit critical levels a few years ago in the wake of the "Elephant Room 2″ web conference. Finally, a minority voice is asked to speak on issues in the church on a global platform from the place of expertise and not as a matter of ecclesiological voyeurism! Wait…no…you picked…T.D. Jakes? To see if he affirms the Trinity and rejects the prosperity message? For real? more >>
A city in Massachusetts has opted to end a contract with a Christian college over the academic institution's opposition to homosexuality.
The mayor for Salem recently announced that the city's contract with Gordon College for usage of the Old Town Hall, set to expire later this year, will be immediately terminated.
Rick Sweeney, vice president of marketing and communications at Gordon College, told The Christian Post about the contract to use the Old Town Hall. more >>
The departure of a former leader of the biblical patriarchy organization Vision Forum from a Texas church he helped found did not follow protocal, the congregation's leaders reported earlier this week.
In a statement posted the Boerne Christian Assembly's website on Sunday, the church noted that it had "sought to exercise oversight and accountability with our former Elder, Doug Phillips, who last year publicly confessed to an inappropriate, long-term relationship with a woman other than his wife and verbally expressed his repentance for his behavior."
BCA went on to explain that Phillips had not followed church policy for existing members, procedures which he had himself had created while serving as an elder there and statements he had "reaffirmed on multiple occasions." Specifically, Phillips had "become a member of another Church without a letter of transfer from Boerne Christian Assembly." more >>