Christians should not be shocked when pastors give into the temptation of immorality because sin is just an element of human nature, leading Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore says.
Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, weighed in Friday on the recent news of Pastor Darrin Patrick's dismissal from The Journey megachurch in St. Louis, Missouri, and resignation from the Acts 29 Network because of his participation in inappropriate extramarital meetings, phone calls and conversations with two women.
In a blog post to his website titled "What to do When a Pastor Falls?" Moore explained that it is natural for congregants to feel angry or betrayed when a prominent pastor or pastor they know caves to sin and falls from grace. more >>
NBC's "Saturday Night Live" featured a parody trailer titled, "God is a Boob Man," mocking the Christian film "God's Not Dead 2" and alluding to cases related to religious freedom and gay marriage.
Billed as a production from the makers of films like "God On The Run and Angel in Denim: The Kim Davis Story," the spoof which aired Saturady featured a small-town baker who refuses to make a cake for a homosexual male couple's wedding, which results in a lawsuit about God's sexuality. (See below.)
"They say we're bigots, but Christians are the most oppressed group in this country," Beth (Vanessa Bayer) explains in the "trailer." "But I'm going to prove once and for all that God is straight." more >>
Celebrity pastor Chad Veach is not letting life's circumstances keep him down. In his new book, Unreasonable Hope, the young minister uses his hardest life battle to encourage others to keep trusting God.
Veach and his wife, Julia, had their whole lives change in the course of a day when their 4-months-old daughter, Georgia, was diagnosed with lissencephaly, a rare, gene-linked brain malformation, also known as "smooth brain."
Since then, Georgia's seizure management has been the biggest struggle, at one point she was having 50 seizures a day. Although that's no longer the case, the couple still are facing a lot and are vowing to remain constant in their faith, ministry and family life. more >>
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin signed a bill Wednesday that removes the names and titles of county clerks from marriage licenses, giving legal "finality" to the religious accommodation that Rowan County clerk Kim Davis was looking for.
Davis, who made headlines when she spent over five days in jail last September for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses with her name and title on them because of her Christian beliefs, had called on the state's then-Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear to create a religious accommodation allowing her to drop her name and title from marriage certificates that her office issued.
The accommodation, however, was not provided until Bevin, the new Republican governor, issued an order in late December allowing Davis and other religious clerks to omit their names on marriage license forms. 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 >>
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said he values diversity and doesn't discriminate, as he rescinded an executive order protecting the religious freedom of gay marriage opponents.
Edwards issued the order, rescinding an executive order enacted by the state's former governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, last year meant to protect businesses and religious nonprofits from government backlash over their objection to same-sex marriage.
Edwards' office announced Wednesday that the 49-year-old governor signed an executive order putting in place non-discrimination protections for the LGBT people who apply for state government jobs and contracting jobs with the state. more >>