The African Methodist Episcopal Church said Wednesday that the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant, leader of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, did not face a disciplinary trial in 2008 after a scandalous affair ruined his marriage because no one came forward with a complaint against him.
Bryant is now facing fresh allegations from a 34-year-old California woman who claims that he fathered a son with her last summer and has not consistently maintained child support payments.
"Rev. Bryant was never charged through the church system with anything," said Jeffrey Cooper, chief information officer for the AME church, in an interview with The Christian Post Wednesday on whether or not pastors found guilty of adultery should face a lifetime ban from the pulpit. more >>
A minority of pastors, just about one in four, believe pastors who commit adultery should face a permanent ban from the pulpit, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.
In the recent telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research, participants were asked four questions about how to handle allegations of misconduct.
The questions included: Should a pastor step down during a church investigation; when, how, and whether the congregation should be informed about allegations of misconduct; and whether a pastor who commits adultery can return to the pulpit. more >>
The University of Notre Dame and the Vatican Library have made an unprecedented agreement to collaborate on various projects pertaining to the two Roman Catholic entities' collections.
The five-year agreement has several parameters, including the holding of jointly sponsored academic conferences, the first of which was completed on Tuesday at Notre Dame.
"We've never had anything formal like this. Members of our faculty have utilized Vatican Library but this is the first time we've had a substantial agreement like this one," Chuck Lamphier, director of Church Affairs at Notre Dame, told The Christian Post. more >>
A national atheist organization has filed a lawsuit against a Tennessee sheriff for posting a message celebrating Easter on his department's Facebook page last month.
American Atheists brought the suit last Friday on behalf of an anonymous woman against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
The message Watson posted on the Bradley County Sheriff's Office Facebook page shows a depiction of an empty tomb with the caption "He is Risen" and says: "Today is one of the most historic days; not only did Jesus die on the cross for our sins, but he rose on this day. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, and offered himself for our sins. This day represents the best gift any of us could receive, which is "Eternal Life" with our Heavenly Father!!!"" more >>
A Wyoming judge may be dismissed over stating that she refuses to perform same-sex weddings due to a sincerely held religious objection to the practice.
Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale may be removed from the bench by the Wyoming Supreme Court following a recommendation from a state agency that she be punished for her stance.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an amicus brief Tuesday in support of Judge Neely, arguing that the effort to remove her from the judiciary "violates both the United States and Wyoming Constitutions." more >>
Over 140 Christian organizations dedicated to providing copies of the Bible translated in people's native languages will converge in Philadelphia this week for a World Assembly that only happens once every six years.
Gunnar Mägi from United Bible Societies told The Christian Post there will be around 500 attendees representing work being done in 200 countries, which would be comparable to the previous World Assembly meeting held in Seoul, South Korea, in 2010.
"The theme for this year is: 'God's Word: Living Hope for All.' And the key Bible passage for the week is 1 Peter 1:3," Mägi said about the World Assembly that starts Thursday and runs through next week. more >>