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 >>
Christians should intentionally and intelligently do more to engage current culture through the arts, says Anthony Horvath, the executive director of Athanatos Christian Ministries, an apologetics ministry.
"If you want to understand the power of culture, look at how gay 'marriage' went from being unfathomable to unstoppable in less than ten years. That doesn't happen by accident," Horvath recently said. "It certainly didn't happen through legislative efforts, which up until recently were all lined up against it. How then did it happen? Answer: intentional manipulation of the culture."
He makes the argument that during this same period of time, the Church has become more aware of the need for Christian apologetics, and Christian apologists in turn have become more aware of the need for cultural engagement through the arts and literature. more >>
Influential evangelical leaders based in the U.S. and Latin America, will gather in Washington, D.C. for a leadership meeting this week known as LiderVision, designed to bring together Hispanic evangelists, pastors and psalmists.
The event organized by Editorial Vida and Grupo Nelson, publishing entities under Harper Collins Christian Publishing, will be headlined by Cash Luna, Danilo Montero, Mark Batterson, Jesus Adrian Romero, Andy Stanley, and more. Organizers say there will be opportunity for participants to share and network with dozens of speakers as nearly 1,000 are expected to attend.
"Pastors and ministry leaders today need ministerial renovation. We need to broaden our knowledge and skills and in turn we need to work together," reads a statement on LiderVision's website. "That is why LiderVision is not only an annual event but an event of connections. We are a neutral, diverse, relaxed, professional and spiritual community meant to help us all become better instruments for God's Kingdom." more >>