Close to a dozen males have come forward to accuse a West Virginia man and former church youth volunteer of sexually abusing them as minors.
While the West Virginia State Police has not disclosed the man's name, Westminster Presbyterian Church has confirmed that the suspect "has volunteered in various capacities for the church, including with youth trips that required chaperones."
The church's senior pastor, Jonathan Rockness, also claimed that while the Bluefield's church had alerted authorities at the beginning of the year, the police initially did not find enough information to prosecute him. more >>
After a very public conversion process to become an ordained deacon in the Church of England just 13 months ago, CNN International business anchor Charles Hodson has been defrocked after confessing to an adulterous affair with one of his parishioners.
"The events in question took place more than half a year ago," noted Hodson in statement reported in the Times.
"In February 2013 I started an adulterous relationship with a woman, and two months later declared the relationship to my wife, my vicar and my diocese, requesting that I should not be ordained priest. I have not acted as a minister or worn my clerical collar since 21 April," he explained. more >>
A recent study by the Pew Research Center has indicated that while extremely popular among American Catholics, Pope Francis has not had a noticeable effect on church attendance numbers.
In results released Monday, Conrad Hackett of the Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project found that trends in Mass attendance have remained basically the same since 2007.
For 2013, the year that Francis became the head of the Roman Catholic Church, 39 percent of U.S. Catholics reported attending Mass at least once a week. more >>
They are single by default, by circumstance, or by choice. They may have visions of marriage and family while others have totally given up. The rarest of all in the Body see their relational context as a gift. But regardless of perspective and desire, all these men face unique moral and spiritual struggles which require more, not less, character than their married friends.
Strong beliefs are required to support stronger (but culturally disapproved) behaviors that preserve spiritual integrity. It's ironic that the most influential man who ever walked the planet was unmarried, yet was self rooted in God and had a purpose that transcended the broken male culture of his day. Jesus, as well as a host of other examples in the Bible, provide the template for our conversations with and ministry to unmarried men. Here are the top three issues, examples and principles we should be addressing with this group of men God wants to use mightily.
A Pennsylvania pastor has been accused of indecent sexual contact with an 11-year-old girl, who authorities believed is the daughter of congregants of the Fallen Timbers Community Church.
Ray Scott Teets, 66, has been charged by state police with "indecent assault, unlawful restraint, interference with custody of children, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with a minor, concealing the whereabouts of a child, child luring, stalking and criminal trespass."
Evan C. Rosa comes up with a great list of five things we may have not known about C.S. Lewis. Rosa communicates and curates ideas for Biola University's Center for Christian Thought.
1. He wasn't an Evangelical.
Despite the deep love Evangelicals have for Lewis, he wasn't one. He was a high-church Anglican who sought out the mere Christian middle ground. Lewis' greatest theological work, Mere Christianity, was probably the single most important contribution to Christian unity and ecumenism in the 20th century. Philosopher Peter Kreeft once told me, it's important that Lewis stood in the middle, as that allowed all sorts of Christians to identify with him and gain from his insight. more >>