Pastor Charles Stanley withdrew his name from an award he was slated to receive Thursday at the Jewish National Fund's Jack Hirsch Memorial Breakfast after some of its members accused him of being "against LGBT people," and threatened to skip the event if the Christian pastor was in attendance.
Adam H. Brill, spokesman for the JNF, told The Christian Post that Stanley "was invited to receive the Tree of Life award" for his continued support for Israel.
"[The award was] to recognize the many years of support he and his congregants at First Baptist Church Atlanta have shown toward the Jewish people and Israel," Brill said. more >>
Husband and wife team Roma Downey and Mark Burnett are being recognized on Newsmax's list of top 100 Christian leaders in America this week for their work in television and film, including the hit series "A.D. – The Bible Continues."
Selected based on their ability to "make a real impact on modern lives in 2015," the annual list of Christian leaders celebrates individuals beyond televangelists and pastors. As co-creators of the "Bible" series as well as its NBC spinoff "A.D. – The Bible Continues," Downey and Burnett "have resurrected the Christian entertainment industry," according to Newsmax.
"A.D. – The Bible Continues" premiered on Easter Sunday as the No. 1 television show of the night on the major networks in every key measure — adults, men and women 18-34, 18-49, and 25-54, with over 9.5 million people tuning in. The series also became the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. more >>
Efforts to ban sexual orientation change efforts therapy for gay minors at the state level have experienced mixed results following President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of banning the controversial practice.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration declared its support for banning SOCE therapy for homosexual and transgender minors.
Immediately after the administration's declaration, Colorado's legislature killed a bill aimed at bringing a ban to the state. more >>
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>
South Carolina's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Episcopal Church against a breakaway diocese regarding several church properties in the state.
The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal, issuing an order Wednesday regarding the matter and scheduling arguments for September.
At stake are the approximately $500 million worth of church properties of the Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership voted to leave The Episcopal Church back in November of 2012. more >>
Following hot on the heels of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's announcement Sunday that she is seeking the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., dismissed her as a political dinosaur when he declared Monday that he is running for president and is "uniquely qualified" for the role.
The 43-year-old Rubio, who declared his intentions during a conference call with his top donors Monday, painted the upcoming presidential campaign as a choice between the past and the future and called Clinton "a leader from yesterday," according to the AP. He said he always felt the United States is about tomorrow.