The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear arguments on the constitutionality of Texas' abortion regulations that require abortionists to obtain hospital admitting privileges and clinic owners to upgrade their facilities to meet basic health and safety standards.
On Friday the Supreme Court announced it would hear the case, Whole Woman's Health v. Cole.
In July 2013, then Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed into law House Bill 2, which banned abortions after 20 weeks gestation and required abortion clinic owners to upgrade their facilities to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical centers. Upgrades included widening doorways to enable paramedics to bring in stretchers to transport patients to the hospital, and having equipment that can properly sterilize surgical instruments to ensure the health and safety of patients. more >>
A historically African-American denomination whose president recently took part in a summit on racial unity hopes the event will be a beginning to many conversations on reconciliation.
The National Baptist Convention, USA took part in a summit on racial reconciliation last week in Mississippi alongside the Southern Baptist Convention.
If I could choose one more course for ministry training and preparation, it would be "Courageous Leadership." I hear from so many pastors and staff who are trained well in the classical disciplines, but who are ill-prepared for the real world of church ministry.
Though there have certainly been more difficult times in the course of Church history for pastors, leading a church today is much tougher than it was 20 and 30 years ago. There have been some demographic and cultural shifts that reflect this reality. But some of the challenges can only be understood in the context of spiritual warfare.
So, what are some of the specific reasons pastors and church leaders must be more courageous today? more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick of the popular Elevation Church in North Carolina says Jesus wouldn't want him to reveal how much money he earns or donates.
Speaking with WCCB-TV's anchor Morgan Fogarty in his first media interview in eight years, Furtick, 35, who's received criticism for not disclosing his salary and owning a $1.7 million mansion, says revealing his personal finances would rob him of God's blessings.
"There is a lot of interest in the church's finances. Your finances and your lifestyle. Do you ever think, I'm going to release these records to shut everyone up?" asked Fogarty in the interview. more >>
Democratic presidential debates are generally a time for voters to see who they will nominate for the general election.
However, in recent weeks, many have spotted sightings of a mysterious — and in the opinions of some — creepy middle-aged guy amongst the candidates.
Various photos have emerged showing this unknown person alongside Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, adding to the intrique. more >>
A 28-year-old pregnant pastor's wife, mother and pastor's daughter who was shot in the head during a home invasion in Indianapolis on Tuesday died Wednesday despite a desperate attempt to save her life with medicine and prayers.
Amanda Blackburn, the departed wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church, is also the youngest daughter of Pastor Phil Byars of First Baptist Church, Elkhart in Bristol, Indiana.
She and her husband had moved to Indianapolis in January of 2012 to start Resonate Church with the help of megachurch Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. more >>