The daughters of church leaders will do more than just find ways to rebel against their parents in the third season of Lifetime's hit docu-series "Preachers' Daughters." Now, the show is taking viewers on a missions trip to Cabo, Mexico where preachers' daughters and granddaughters will help change the lives of the less fortunate while overcoming their own issues with anger, substance abuse, rebelling and dating while strengthening their relationships with God.
Aside from Megan Cassidy, 17, and her father Pastor Jeff Cassidy who serves as Associate Pastor of Worship at Lake Bowen Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, eight of the nine girls featured on show are newcomers to the Lifetime series. Adam Reed, the show's executive producer, spoke about the change of format to the show that went from focusing on four families to nine girls leaving their homes to pursue missionary work.
"When we were talking with the network we all felt the first two seasons of 'Preachers Daughters' were great, and in watching them we realized that we were kind of missing out on something special," Reed told The Christian Post. "We were seeing four preachers' daughters separated from each other but all going through the same and different things. But wouldn't it be interesting to see everybody together?" more >>
The only Christian church in the Indian village of Tadur in Telangana state has reportedly been burned down by Hindu radicals. Pastor D. Srinivas of Parimala Beautiful Church recalled the attack, and noted that hostility against Christians in the country has been on the rise.
"I have been serving as the pastor for the last six years in this village. We used to meet at church members' houses, till last year we built a temporary structure," Srinivas told The International Christian Concern.
"Prior to this incident, on number of occasions, right-wing activists have threatened me and warned me not to continue the church in this village. The Hindu radicals have snatched the Gospel literature from me and destroyed them a number of times in the past." more >>
Several weeks ago, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and American Renewal Project's founder David Lane invited 100,000 ministers to consider running for elected office in 2016. From becoming a city council or school board member, to becoming a county commissioner, mayor, or state legislator, pastors, Lane argues can contribute positively to their communities-- both in and out of the pulpit.
Lane hopes ministers will consider how they can influence and raise up the next generation of America's leaders. "There is great need today for wise leaders like the men of Issachar from the Old Testament," Lane says, references 1 Chron. 12:32 in the Bible.
In response to their invitation, several hundred ministers will attend American Renewal's first Public Policy event for ministers in Baton Rouge on January 23rd. The goal is to encourage and equip pastors by hearing from politicians and political operatives as well as other ministers who have run for political office. Lane hopes to prepare 1,000 ministers this year to run for office in 2016. more >>
Church and ministry leaders join forces with conservative political groups the morning of the 42nd annual March for Life to publicly rebuke House Republicans for its last-minute decision to delay the vote on a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks. Church leaders, unlike policy groups, are seemingly not appeased by GOP's decision to switch support to another pro-life bill that would ensure taxpayer dollars aren't going to abortion providers under health insurance plans offered on the federal exchange.
Texas Pastor Matt Chandler took to Twitter to express strong words of disappointment. The Village Church pastor tweeted "Saddened & disgusted by the pulling of the Pain Capable Abortion act (sic) by the GOP. Hoping it's not a sign of cowardice #Whenpoliticskills."
Focus on the Family President Jim Daly published a statement saying: "Those of us who support the protection of the unborn were heartened to hear of the upcoming vote in the House of Representatives that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks. But now we've learned the bill has been pulled by the GOP leadership over some of the legislation's language. Rather than have a public fight on the floor of the House, leadership has chosen to cancel the vote altogether. We're obviously disheartened and disappointed by this development." more >>
President Barack Obama met on Wednesday with Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini, and their two children in Boise, Idaho. Abedini said that she had been praying a long time for such a meeting, while Obama promised the family to do all he can to bring the pastor home.
"I am extremely thankful the president took the time to meet with our family and told us that securing the release of my husband is a top priority," Naghmeh Abedini said following the meeting.
"The president was focused and gracious — showing concern to me and my children. I know that this meeting could not have occurred without prayer, and I am grateful to the many people around the country and world who continue to pray for Saeed's release. The president repeated his desire to do all that he can to bring Saeed home. That means the world to me and my children and has given me a renewed sense of hope." more >>
Although one of Jesus' most well-known miracles is turning water into wine at a wedding party, Mark Spitsbergen, a clinical science researcher in molecular biology and pastor of Abiding Place Ministries in San Diego, California, believes the acceptance of alcohol in some modern day churches is akin to committing suicide and the Bible doesn't support it.
"We are supposed to be the spiritual leadership of the world, of humanity, and now we are going to condone something that society, at every level of measure, shows the terrible tragedies and pitfalls of flashing light warnings saying 'danger'?" asked Spitsbergen in a recent interview with The Christian Post.
To drink or not to drink has been a controversial debate in church circles for centuries and the recent arrest of Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, for a fatal drunk-driving incident that made national headlines in December has brought the question back to the fore. more >>