LOS ANGELES – Church planter and Together LA lead organizer, Pastor Brannin Pitre, is hoping an upcoming three-day conference bringing together Christian leaders in late February to discuss what it means to love Los Angeles will expand thought and action on what he sees as a newer hot spot for church planting.
"There's a little bit of a buzz and an excitement that's brewing for people and I think Together LA is part of this catalytic movement that gets this buzz farther down the road that says, 'If you really want to be involved in some really dynamic ministry that's going on right now in this country, you've got to think about Los Angeles,'" Pitre told The Christian Post recently.
"About 15-20 years ago, it was New York, even 10 years ago it was New York," he explains. "There's been other hot spots around the country. I do think that there is something significant happening in Los Angeles that we are just at the cusp of and it would really be fun to see what the Lord does." more >>
Dr. Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship and president of The Urban Alternative, insists in a new book that blame for the social ills Americans are experiencing partly fall on the shoulders of Christians, who have compromised with the culture and helped marginalize God — therefore shutting out access to His transformational presence and power.
"America is in serious trouble," Evans writes in America: Turning a Nation to God. "From sea to shining sea we are witnessing the devolution of a nation."
Listing "family breakdowns to the immigration crisis to the abiding racial divide" as well as "the redefinition of marriage and the family, abortions on demand" as examples of the nation's "unraveling," Evans adds that "the American dream is quickly becoming the American nightmare" for those disillusioned with the country's direction. more >>
A claim against a Missouri middle school teacher of religious intolerance against a Christian student has been determined to be baseless, according to one school official.
The parents of 12-year-old Loyal Grandstaff accused a teacher from Bueker Middle School of attacking their son's religious convictions after the teacher reportedly stopped the student from reading the Bible during some free time.
A Colorado history professor who allegedly forced his students to recite an anti-American pledge in class has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a student filed a complaint of partisan bias with the university.
Charles Angeletti, who teaches at Metropolitan State University of Denver, was accused of poor conduct in the classroom after gaining national headlines for requiring his students to say an anti-American version of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Last month Caleb Bonham, editor in chief at the online publication Campus Reform, wrote an article spotlighting allegations of extreme liberal bias by Angeletti in his pledge. more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor who struggles with same-sex attraction has come forward to talk about his marriage to his longtime friend and wife who says their challenges are no different that every other married couple.
Allan Edwards, a pastor at Kiski Valley Presbyterian Church in Leechburg, married his wife, Leanne, who he met at a Christian summer camp. The couple is now expecting a baby in July, and despite having feelings for men, Edwards insists that he's happily married.
"It was a pretty immediate realization that it [his attraction to the same sex] was in conflict with my faith," Edwards told NPR in a report that was broadcast on Sunday. "I didn't know anyone else who experienced same-sex attractions, so I didn't talk about it much at all." However, he did find acceptance at one of the places he least expected it — a small, Christian liberal arts college. more >>
An ex-gay organization is planning legal action against the District of Columbia for its recent banning of conversion therapy, also called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts therapy, for minors.
Voice of the Voiceless, an organization focused on ex-gay rights and recognition, is in the early stages of planning to bring legal action against the government of the nation's Capital over the recently passed bill.