A minority of pastors, just about one in four, believe pastors who commit adultery should face a permanent ban from the pulpit, according to a new survey by LifeWay Research.
In the recent telephone survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors by the Nashville-based LifeWay Research, participants were asked four questions about how to handle allegations of misconduct.
The questions included: Should a pastor step down during a church investigation; when, how, and whether the congregation should be informed about allegations of misconduct; and whether a pastor who commits adultery can return to the pulpit. more >>
A high-profile Baptist minister in the U.K. who last week applied to issue same-sex marriage licenses has been criticized by leading American creationist Ken Ham, who called the decision a "flagrant disobedience of God's Word."
While Ham did not identify the pastor by name, Pastor Steve Chalke of Oasis Church in Waterloo, London, made news when he announced that his ministry will seek to be LGBT inclusive, and applied to issue gay marriage licenses.
Gay marriage was made legal in England, Scotland and Wales in 2013, although individual churches were left with the option to decide on their own whether they would condone same-sex marriage. more >>
A Wyoming judge may be dismissed over stating that she refuses to perform same-sex weddings due to a sincerely held religious objection to the practice.
Municipal Judge and Circuit Court Magistrate Ruth Neely of Pinedale may be removed from the bench by the Wyoming Supreme Court following a recommendation from a state agency that she be punished for her stance.
The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an amicus brief Tuesday in support of Judge Neely, arguing that the effort to remove her from the judiciary "violates both the United States and Wyoming Constitutions." more >>
Social conservatives are voicing their support for Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore following his suspension for refusing to allow probate judges to issue licenses to same-sex couples.
Last Friday, Judge Moore was suspended with pay while charges were brought against him by the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission.
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of former hostage and Iranian-American Pastor Saeed Abedini, reveals that while prospects for restoration in her marriage do not look good, she continues to pray and have hope.
"Some of you have asked updates on our family. I don't have any more update than the last one I provided in March. I love Saeed and our family and am praying for healing and restoration. Things do not look promising right now, but I have not given up in praying," Naghmeh wrote on Monday in a Facebook post about Mother's Day.
The Evangelical Christian bakers who turned down an order for a pro-gay marriage cake in Belfast are back in court seeking to overturn a decision that found them guilty of sexual discrimination, arguing that they could not support what they believe is "sin."
"They could not in conscience provide a product with a message that was inconsistent with their deeply held religious beliefs in circumstances where the evidence was clear that they believed that to do so would be sinful," Barrister David Scoffield QC said, talking about Daniel and Amy McArthur of Ashers Baking Company.