His wife, two children and the entire spiritual flock of Pastor Robert McKeehan, 42, are now locked in grief after the leader of Community Bible Church in High Point, N.C., was found hanging in his home in an apparent suicide Friday, according to local police.
A report from the High Point Police Department acquired by The Christian Post Tuesday does not reveal many details about the incident, but confirms that the beloved pastor was pronounced dead in his High Point home after they were called in at 7:53 p.m.
"Upon our arrival we were informed that the listed offender [pastor] was found hanging and was unresponsive. Upon our investigation and first aid by EMS the listed subject was pronounced dead at 8:43 p.m. from an apparent self-manipulated hanging," said the report. more >>
A year ago, I transitioned from my staff position in a Nashville church to go full-time in serving the wider body of Christ. Writing regular news commentaries and hosting a weekly lecture series on the hot-button issues impacting our nation, my God-given assignment is to raise awareness and help awaken Christians to the "impending distress" (I Cor.7:26).
After four decades in ministry, God called me to say farewell to salary, pension and security guarantees. It's scary, but in light of our nation's rapidly decaying cultural landscape and what many perceive as church leaders succumbing to a "spiral of silence"-especially on issues of homosexuality, abortion and religious liberty-I don't believe I have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines anymore.
These words from the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak to me daily: "The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." more >>
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has filed a brief in support of two same-sex couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage. Earlier this year, Herring refused to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban when it was legally challenged.
In his 79-page brief, Herring (D) argued that the U.S. Constitution determines same-sex marriage to be a fundamental right under due process and equal protection. He heavily referenced the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, a landmark case that invalidated the prohibition of interracial marriages.
Herring argued that the Loving case proves that the Fourteenth Amendment protects marriage as a fundamental right, even if the Framers of the U.S. Constitution may have not considered same-sex marriage when creating the amendment. more >>
This ceremony took an amazing turn after the bride busted out with a heartfelt and highly apropos cover of country star Carrie Underwood's touching single "Look At Me." Singing the lyrics as an expression of her own feelings for the awestruck groom, and bringing tears to his eyes, the elegantly clad bride-to-be pretty much nails the whole song from start to finish.
Check-out the look on the grooms face when she starts singing. We can all only hope to be sung to in such a way, or to be able to sing at such a professional level!more >>
A gay priest has become the first to defy the Church of England and marry his long-time partner following Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage. A conservative group has warned that there will be a "crisis" for the church if it fails to take disciplinary action.
"There's no doubt that there is pressure within some parts of the church for the church to change its mind on sexuality," said the Rev. Preb Rod Thomas, chairman of the Reform evangelical group, according to The Telegraph on Saturday.
"If there is not clear discipline then it is the equivalent to saying 'we really didn't mean what we said.' It will precipitate a crisis." more >>
Focus on the Family is planning a special one-night event with the airing of "Irreplaceable," a documentary on the importance of family. The Christian Post spoke with the narrator and lead reporter of the documentary, Tim Sisarich, who spent a full year exploring the idea of family and its importance to Christians and society in general.
The Christian Post: You worked on this project for a full year. What toll did that take on your family?
Tim Sisarich: The project, the filming took about nine months. I'd go away for three weeks and then be home for two weeks. It was hard, but it wasn't nine months straight. It was a real roller-coaster ride of emotions for me. Every time I came home I tried to put into practice a little bit of what I had been learning. And from the beginning of the film to the end of the film, I think I came a huge way. It was an interesting juggling act. more >>