A newly formed conservative Presbyterian group plans to hold a conference in Dallas where about 1,200 people are expected to attend the event in August.
Formed in early 2012, the Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians hope to bring together Presbyterians who are "hearing and answering God's call to a new way of being church," reads the registration page for the gathering.
Cosponsored by the theologically conservative Fellowship of Presbyterians, the national gathering is scheduled to take place at the InterContinental Hotel off Dallas Parkway August 18-20. more >>
The Boy Scouts of America held its national annual meeting in Nashville last week, one year after announcing the inclusion of openly-gay members, and despite a decline in membership over the past 10 years, the organization says it continues to serve nearly 2.5 million youth.
"The BSA has seen, in its past 10 years, some years with a decline of 2 to 4 percent in members each year with some years being flat. At the end of December, we had served nearly 2.5 million youth members and close to 960,000 adult members. This is a decrease of approximately 6 percent from the same time in 2012," Deron Smith, director of communications for the BSA, told The Christian Post.
He continued, "To put that in perspective, from 2011 to 2012 membership declined by 4 percent, so we saw additional 2 percent decrease from the previous year." more >>
A possible schism in a mainline Protestant denomination over homosexuality is avoidable, according to a bishop with the United Methodist Church.
Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, head of the UMC Wisconsin Annual Conference, told the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel that the denomination can remain united.
"As a bishop, we are continuing to work for the unity of the church," said Jung, adding that "I will be working very actively to continue to unite and wrestle with this issue honestly together." more >>
The Rev. Vanable H. Moody II, pastor of The Worship Center Christian Church in Bessemer, Alabama, and author of the new book, The People Factor, says it is time we do relationships right — at home, on the job and at church.
"Clearly, relationships can make the difference between a great life and a miserable existence," Moody writes in The People Factor: How Building Great Relationships and Ending Bad Ones Unlocks Your God-Given Purpose. "They can launch us into heights of excellence and achievement we never dreamed possible, or they can keep us down in the dumps, tethered to mediocrity for all of our days."
According to Moody, often referred to as Pastor Van, Christians cannot afford to take relationships lightly or for granted, as they are God's main mode of operation in the world. "Any and everything that God has ever done and will ever do in the world He does through people," he told The Christian Post. more >>
WASHINGTON - If Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in November, they will do a better job securing religious freedom in the U.S. military, Dr. John Fleming (R), U.S. Representative for the Fourth Congressional District of Louisiana, said at a Wednesday event sponsored by the Family Research Council.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Dr. Fleming explained that his efforts to get an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act allowing for better protection of religious liberty have failed in the Senate. If passed, his amendment would expand religious freedom protections to include religious actions and speech, rather than just religious beliefs, "except in cases of military necessity."
Fleming believed that the November elections could positively influence the direction of the effort to secure religious expression in the military through passage of his amendment. more >>
Nearly a year after the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Virginia lost its founding pastor Geronimo Aguilar to an explosive alleged sex scandal, Joe Donahue, the man the church board brought in with much fanfare to replace him, has been fired after just seven weeks on the job.
In a statement posted on his website, youthevangelist.com, Donahue and his wife, Kristy, said the firing caught them completely off guard and are now seeking an explanation from the church.
"We understood that it would be difficult (a sea of red-flag warnings), but we never anticipated anything like what has occurred since May 22. Despite ongoing encouragement from the board of directors, and without warning, I was terminated," said Donahue in the statement. more >>