In a time of intense racial tension in the U.S., a megachurch congregation of predominately black members at a thriving Shiloh Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, is making a powerful statement by merging with a struggling predominately white church to launch a second church 22 miles away from its current downtown location.
Shiloh Baptist, led by Pastor H.B. Charles Jr., is merging with Ridgewood Baptist Church in Orange Park, pastored by Michael Clifford. Charles told The Christian Post that it was in "the providence of God" that the merger took place during such a racially charged moment in the nation's history.
"Just a few weeks ago, we were wrestling with the fact that no one really knew what was taking place," Charles, 41, said. "In the providence of God, He's the kind of a God that knew that for us. We are excited that our actions are making their own independent statement for Christ in the midst of all of the racial tension that's in the news these days." more >>
Holy Family Parish of Inverness in Chicago is facing a lawsuit filed by a gay choir director it fired after he became engaged to his partner.
Colin Collette filed suit against the parish on Thursday, arguing that since the state recognizes gay marriages the church should too.
Washington, D.C. city council approved a bill that bans the practice of sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
Following similar legislation in California and New Jersey, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a bill barring the practice for minors.
B20-0501 was passed by the Council in their legislative session and is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Vincent Gray. more >>
The District of Columbia has delayed a vote on a bill mandating all businesses cover abortion in their insurance programs regardless of the business owner's moral objections.
In a decision made on Tuesday afternoon, the Council of the District of Columbia pulled the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014 off the agenda.
Months after the D.C.-based U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby that closely-held businesses were exempt from the federal government's birth control mandate, the D.C. Council had on their agenda a bill that undermined this exemption. more >>
Christian leaders and pastors continue to play an integral part in the national discussion about the country's racial divide surfacing as the result of events that began in Ferguson, Missouri, one week ago, when violence erupted after a St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
"It is important that the leaders in the body of Christ today be held accountable to speak to this matter because its continuance is affecting all of us as we bear the burdens of the systemic effects of racial division throughout our land," wrote Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. "We must come together as leaders to repent and forgive one another and strategize together how we can best impact our communities and our nation for Christ and His kingdom."
From coast to coast, church services on Sunday included prayers for Ferguson and the nation. In prayers and commentary, many pastors pointed out that the Church itself still has a ways to go when it comes to racial division. more >>
A county in Florida is considering an ordinance that may allow for usage of public facilities, including bathrooms, regardless of gender identity.
Commissioners for Miami-Dade County will vote Tuesday on a measure that critics say will allow men who consider themselves female to use women's restrooms.
Introduced in September and cosponsored by five members of the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners, the proposed ordinance adds "gender identity" and "gender expression" to its list of groups that cannot be discriminated against. more >>