As a pastor, I always struggled with the best way to do announcements. Whatever we did, it never felt right.
Over the years, I've noted what other churches have done — and I'd do announcements differently than I ever did back then.
Here are some suggestions for doing announcements well: more >>
The Rev. Billy Graham has issued a written warning to America's churches: "Prepare for persecution."
The renowned preacher and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association penned a commentary that was posted on his website last week and is slated to appear in the November edition of Decision magazine.
In the magazine, Graham notes that the American church has been largely unfamiliar with persecution, writing that this "immunity to persecution that Christians in our country have experienced in the past two or three centuries is unusual." more >>
Friends and family members gathered to mourn the loss of Pastor Ron Christian at the Christian Love Baptist megachurch in Irvington, New Jersey, after authorities confirmed they found the 51-year-old dead inside his office Friday morning.
"Nobody can say anything bad about my pastor. Not one bad word," a grieving member stated shortly after noon inside the church where shocked mourners shared memories of their deceased pastor.
Anthony Ambrose, chief of detectives for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, told NJ.com that Christian was discovered unresponsive around 6 a.m. at the Lyons Avenue parish. They did not suspect any foul play and will know the exact cause of death once an autopsy report is complete. more >>
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office on Thursday returned a warrant request by investigators of the Detroit Police Department in the alleged shooting of 25-year-old semi-pro football player Deante Smith by his estranged pastor inside a local church on Oct. 18.
In a statement to The Christian Post from Maria Miller, Wayne County assistant prosecuting attorney and director of communications, she noted that the warrant request was returned with a request for "further investigation" by the DPD. No further explanation was made.
Emotions have been running high among Smith's family and friends as they charge that his death at the hands of Keon Allison of City of God Church was sparked by an affair the pastor allegedly had with Smith's wife, Tykia. more >>
Two leading Christian voices, whose lives span almost a century each, were honored Friday by the trustees of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
During the ERLC board meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, last month, members unanimously approved John Perkins, 85, for the John Leland Religious Liberty Award and J.I. Packer, 89, for the Richard Land Distinguished Service Award.
"This is somebody who has been fighting for religious liberty, religious freedom for 70 years," ERLC President Russell Moore told the trustees. "[Perkins] has evangelized the country in a way I can't even imagine. And as he's done that, he's consistently spoken of the necessity of the people of God to speak to both righteousness and justice at the same time. As he was doing that, he was someone who ended up in jail in Mississippi back in the days of Jim Crow, beaten and yet never would allow himself to be driven into bitterness." more >>
Former bishop of The Episcopal Church of Maryland, Heather Cook, 59, who caused the death of a 41-year-old father in a drunken hit-and-run incident two days after Christmas in 2014, said "sorry" as she was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday.
Cook, who was relieved of her position with the church earlier this year, made history in 2014 when she became the first female bishop and second-highest ranking official of the Episcopal Church of Maryland.
Less than a year after she made history, however, life started going downhill when she hit Thomas Palermo, the married father of two and software engineer as he cycled in Baltimore on Dec. 27, 2014. more >>