Mars Hill Church officials deny that anything out of the ordinary was done when a video of a recent sermon by Pastor Mark Driscoll was edited to exclude a portion about Jesus and "mistakes" he may have made during His life on earth. Also, the pastor of the church's communications' team says the original video of the unedited complete sermon used to compare the two versions was stolen from a restricted password protected site.
The controversy began when psychology professor and blogger Warren Throckmorton accused the Seattle-based church of having an internal leadership conflict over the segment and deleting six minutes of Driscoll's argument that Jesus potentially made mistakes, though He never sinned.
"It is standard operating procedure at Mars Hill to take the first two sermons that Pastor Mark Driscoll preaches each week and edit the best possible version of the message for distribution to the other Mars Hill locations, and our online audience. Partly because it is necessary to edit the sermon to conform to time restraints," Anthony Ianniciello, executive pastor of Media & Communications, stated in an email to The Christian Post. more >>
Following the conviction of a former church volunteer for sex abuse charges and a former pastor's admission that he did not report sex abuse claims to authorities, Covenant Life Church lead pastor Josh Harris announced Sunday that he had asked the board for a leave of absence and would consider stepping down.
The pastor of the former flagship church for Sovereign Grace Ministries also announced on Twitter Monday that he had resigned from his position at the Reformed ministry, The Gospel Coalition.
Last Tuesday, during the trial of Nathaniel Morales, 56, former CLC pastor Grant Layman testified that he withheld incriminating information from the police about the perpetrator's abuse. On Thursday, Morales was convicted of sexually abusing three young boys between 1983 and 1991. more >>
TYSONS CORNER, Va. – A Floridian pastor who gave remarks at an anti-pornography conference believes that the American Church must do more to combat pornography and its harmful effects upon the faithful.
Jay Dennis, senior pastor at First Baptist Church at the Mall in Lakeland and creator of the "One Million Men Porn Free" program, told The Christian Post on Saturday that he believes many churches are "afraid" to deal with the issue of pornography.
"I think a lot of pastors and churches are afraid that they are going to rock the boat and they're going to be criticized," said Dennis. more >>
A megachurch pastor confessed to covering up sexual abuse claims during this week's trial of a youth leader accused of molesting several boys. Nathaniel Morales, 56, was convicted Thursday of sexually abusing three young boys between 1983 and 1991.
Covenant Life Church former pastor Grant Layman admitted on Tuesday while testifying about allegations against Nathaniel Morales that he withheld incriminating information from the police about the abuse.
Public defender Alan Drew asked Layman if he had an "obligation to report the alleged abuse?" more >>
Three women have come forward in the case involving the former director and owner of a rehab facility linked to the Rock Church in San Diego, California, alleging groping, sexual comments and intimidation.
Three of the plaintiffs in the civil lawsuit described their experience with David Powers, who used to run ABC Sober Living, while they stayed at one of his facilities, Soledad House, during a press conference last week.
A new lead pastor for Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale was announced Wednesday to replace founding pastor Bob Coy following his resignation after admitting to moral failure last month. However, Outreach Pastor Chet Lowe was more specific about Coy's demise, when he told the congregation during a worship service in April that the pastor had committed "adultery with more than one woman" and "sexual immorality, habitually, through pornography."
Pastor Doug Sauder, who has been a member of the Calvary Chapel staff for the last 14 years, will lead, direct, and schedule the teaching pastor team for the mega church's 10 campuses throughout Florida.
"By unanimous decision of CCFL's board of directors and senior leadership team, pastor Doug Sauder was asked to serve in the capacity of CCFL's lead pastor, a request that he has accepted. "… He has concurrently served in a variety of pastoral roles, including that of leading weekend and mid-week services as well as serving as the president of 4KIDS of South Florida," reads a statement on the church's website. more >>