Darrin Patrick, 46, who founded The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, Missouri, in 2002, was fired from his position as pastor this week for what his church describes as "deep historical patterns of sin." Patrick has also resigned from his position as vice president of the Acts 29 Network, which plants churches globally.
"Grievously, we need to share with you some very troubling news. In recent weeks, substantive allegations of pastoral misconduct arose against Pastor Darrin Patrick and were eventually confirmed," began church elders in a letter shared with members of The Journey family.
"This required that the board of elders place Pastor Darrin on immediate paid leave and begin a formal process of deeper investigation. The findings of this investigation and further confession from Pastor Darrin, combined with deep historical patterns of sin, led us to the heart-breaking decision to remove Pastor Darrin from office at The Journey and require him to step down from all internal and external leadership positions," the elders continued. more >>
On this Sunday's third episode of "The Story of God" with Morgan Freeman, the actor takes on the topic, "Who Is God?" and visits Pastor Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church to get some answers.
"I believe God is our Father, the Creator, Somebody that gives us purpose and destiny," Osteen, who pastors one of the largest churches in America, responds. "Sometimes it's hard for people to say 'how can I believe in something I can't see?' But it's what you choose to believe, through faith."
A wide-eyed Freeman resistantly listens as Osteen speaks. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes said at an event in Namibia earlier this week that women are not to be submissive to men outside of the family, but rather only to their husbands.
Speaking at the two-day MTC leadership conference in Windhoek, Jakes spoke about women needing to strike a balance between work life and family life, according to Selma Ikela of New Era news.
"The Bible talks about women being submissive, not to men, but to her own husband. … God is setting up an organizational structure for family, it has nothing to do with anything outside the family," said Jakes, senior pastor of the 30,000-member Potter's House Church in Dallas, Texas. more >>
A Wisconsin school district and a group of parents overseeing a weekly "Jesus Lunch" are at odds over the running of the Christian event for students.
Each Tuesday during their lunch break hundreds of Middleton High School students attend a parent-led luncheon at nearby Fireman's Park that includes Christian worship and discussion.
Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District sent a letter Tuesday to parents regarding concerns about the Jesus Lunch gatherings not properly following district rules. more >>
Missourians could not be forced to participate in a same-sex wedding if a proposed referendum is added to the ballot and passed.
Known as Senate Joint Resolution 39, the proposed referendum item passed the Senate in March and is presently being debated in the House.
"That the state shall not impose a penalty on a religious organization on the basis that the organization believes or acts in accordance with a sincere religious belief concerning marriage between two persons of the same sex," reads the proposed amendment in part. more >>
Recent comments made by Donald Trump regarding the United States' relationship with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization hold merit, according to some foreign policy experts.
In multiple interviews, the Republican frontrunner has argued that the United States is doing too much to support NATO and not getting enough in return.