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 >>
A large congregation in Texas that voted to terminate their affiliation with Presbyterian Church (USA) over theological differences has selected a new senior pastor.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas announced last Sunday that Reverend Bryan H. Dunagan will fill the position.
"The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is thrilled to introduce our next Senior Pastor, the Rev. Bryan H. Dunagan, a native Texan who has been serving as the Teaching Pastor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia," reads the announcement on their website. "...the PNC has done considerable work on your behalf searching, praying and seeking God's guidance at every turn." more >>
The president of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, spoke at a special service in California's Saddleback Church to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, thanking Pastor Rick Warren and his congregation for helping rebuild the East African nation through their ministry called The PEACE Plan.
"We remember the more than a million lives we lost in the genocide. We honor the strength of survivors, as well as the resilience of Rwandans, that has kept our nation alive," Kagame said at the event Saturday.
The 1994 genocidal mass slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutu by members of the Hutu majority "destroyed Rwanda's social fabric which had been deliberately damaged over decades," the president said, according to a release by his office. "Our work as a new nation in the last twenty years, has been about restoring social cohesion and the dignity of Rwandans." more >>
South Carolina megachurch pastor Perry Noble believes his upcoming set of sermons titled "Overwhelmed" will be his best series since he knows firsthand the struggle of dealing with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts.
Noble released his book Overwhelmed earlier this month in which he writes about overcoming mental illness. Following the release, members of his NewSpring Church frequently asked how they could overcome stress and anxiety as well. Now, Noble hopes to answer those questions and speak in depth about similar issues that Christians deal with but don't address.
"I really do believe we are going to see lots of life change and people seeking help because, for the first time in their lives, they are going to discover that it's okay to not be okay, but it's not okay to stay that way," wrote Noble on his blog. more >>