The Christian-based organization Salvation Army will soon be sending its troops to an unlikely place: a sexuality expo in South Africa. Members will attend the event next month as a way of being a representative of the "Christian understanding of sexuality," say officials with the group.
Carin Holmes, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army, said in a statement that the Salvation Army's presence is planned to be a show of availability, not one of judgment.
"If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo," said Holmes, who is part of The Salvation Army's Southern Africa Territory. "We're not going there to condemn anyone. We aren't going to lecture people…We're going there to be available." more >>
Former megachurch pastor and controversial Christian author Rob Bell is celebrating his 43rd birthday by rallying supporters to join him in topping funds raised by the likes of celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Depeche Mode by pooling together $43,000 to help provide more than 800 million people around the world living without clean water.
"August 23rd is my birthday and this year I'll be turning 43. Now we all know that the older you get, the less of a big deal you make about your birthday. But not me, and not this year," Bell shares in a note mailed out to supporters about the crowdfunding campaign. The same message is included on Bell's my.charity.org profile page.
The What We Talk About When We Talk About God and Love Wins author has joined hundreds of others in lending his support to charity: water, the nonprofit founded several years ago by photographer and committed Christian Scott Harrison (read CP's profile on Harrison). more >>
A District Court judge has given the go-ahead for a lawsuit by a Wisconsin-based atheist organization against the Internal Revenue Service regarding the enforcement of its church politicking ban.
Judge Lynn Adelman of the Western District of Wisconsin ruled Monday that the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison could proceed with a lawsuit against the IRS.
Christian artist Jeremy Camp recently launched his new Speaking Louder Ministries, based off his album Speaking Louder Than Before, and wants to create a whole new realm of worship as an artist and as a believer who has the opportunity to spread the gospel.
"To speak loud enough with our lives that the message of Christ reaches every corner of the world and to reach out to the lost and the hurting with the good news of the gospel. To inspire and give other believers the opportunity to be the heart and hands of Jesus in their community," Speaking Louder's mission statement says on the site.
Camp speaks about this ministry being 15 years in the making as he has finally come to a point in his life where he is ready to let go and surrender all to God night after night in worship. more >>
An Indiana church that once stood up to the Ku Klux Klan after a 1930 lynching is in danger of being destroyed by the passage of time.
Shaffer African Methodist Episcopal Church of Muncie, a historically black congregation founded circa 1893, has several structural problems to its historic building.
Ivy Farguheson, reporter with The Star Press, wrote of the situation Monday as a local group, Whitely Community Council, seeks to raise funds for the church's repairs. more >>
Peter Buffett, Emmy Award-winning composer and son of business magnate and philanthropist, Warren Buffett, says the charity work of America's growing nonprofit sector is fueling a "perpetual poverty machine."
The younger Buffett, who is also chairman of the NoVo Foundation, noted in a recent op-ed in the New York Times that even in the face of growing inequality, nonprofits dedicated to a whole host of charitable causes continue to increase but have done nothing more than make the rich feel better about themselves.
"Philanthropy has become the 'it' vehicle to level the playing field and has generated a growing number of gatherings, workshops and affinity groups," noted Buffet. more >>