NEW YORK — Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship church and president of The Urban Alternative, recently shared his perspective on why the issue of homosexuality is unavoidable in today's cultural climate, and explained why he believes Christians cannot afford to remain silent or compromise on "God's standard about sexuality and the family."
Pastor Evans, known for his popular books and teachings on how a "kingdom agenda" impacts men, women, families, and society, founded the 10,000-member OCBF in 1976 with wife and ministry partner, Dr. Lois Evans.
Read the transcript of CP's interview with the Dallas, Texas, pastor and bestselling author, or watch the discussion in the video player below. more >>
Mark Crow, founder of the multi-site congregation Victory Church, stepped down from his role as senior pastor earlier this week after confessing marital infidelity.
"Mark will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship with God, and beginning the process of bringing healing to the fractured relationships in his life and family," said the Rev. Dale Swanson, executive pastor of the church, in a statement according to NewsOK.com. "Victory Church is fully committed to providing the counselors and ministers who will guide him through the process of reconciliation with God, and ensuring the best possible outcome for this next season in his life."
Crow, who is also known as a televangelist, author, and international speaker, has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for over 20 years, together they have five children and three grandchildren. more >>
NEW YORK — A recent panel featuring prominent church and academic leaders from various states not only led to a vibrant discussion on social justice and political issues, but also affirmed a rift in attitudes among African Americans on homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
Working from the theme of "reframing the church and state debate," the panel took on matters related to civil rights, same-sex marriage and women's rights. The dominant theme, however, became the issue of same-sex marriage and the Bible's apparent "ambiguity" on homosexuality being a sin, as Dr. Obery Hendricks, professor of Biblical Interpretation at New York Theological Seminary, put it.
Research from the Religion and Public Life Project by Pew shows that support for same-sex marriage among black Protestants has increased sharply over the past few years, rising from 19 percent favorability in 2004 to 43 percent currently. A separate Pew study, published last year, revealed that 79 percent of black Protestants believe it is a sin to "engage in homosexual behavior." The diversity of opinions displayed during the Black Church Panel, as the forum was called, were reflective of such surveys. more >>
Texas Governor Rick Perry was baptized in Little Rock Creek near the city of Independence in a small ceremony last month.
Perry, 64, who has governed the state since 2000, was baptized in the same waters as Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas.
"Gov. Perry has a deep and abiding faith in God," Perry spokesman Felix Browne said in a written statement. "Like many people of faith, the governor wished to reaffirm his commitment in a way that holds great personal meaning." more >>
T.D. Jakes, megachurch pastor, bestselling author and film producer, is teaming up with Oprah Winfrey for another "Lifeclass" event this week to help viewers get over whatever past hurts or tragedies might be holding them back, and inspire them to embrace a "new way of thinking."
"Are you your own worst enemy? Are negative thoughts and self-doubt holding you back from living your best life? Have you had major setbacks in your personal or professional life that have shaken your confidence?" are some of the myriad questions posed to potential participants in the April 30 "Oprah's Lifeclass."
Rob Bell, described as a pastor, author and spiritual leader, has invited supporters to attend the first tapings of his new show picked up by OWN, or The Oprah Winfrey Network.
"May 14th we're taping the first two episodes of my new television show and I'd love for you to be there," Bell shared last week with his 281,000 Twitter and Facebook followers and fans.
The taping announcement for "The Rob Bell Show" requests that participants be in Los Angeles and available from 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. more >>