The New England Patriots were riding high on the heels of winning the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title three months ago, but dreams of a seamless off season have been deflated by controversy. Don Davis, the Patriots' linebacker-turned-chaplain, is looking at the situation from a spiritual perspective and has a message for any Christian player potentially involved in the allegations that has resulted in $1 million worth of consequences for the team.
"Deflategate" and "Ballghazi," are terms used to describe allegations brought against the Patriots who were accused of illegally using under inflated footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts last January. After an investigation was launched into the matter, a 243-page report, known as the "Wells Report," created in part by lead author and criminal attorney Ted Wells, cited that text messages between Patriots locker-room attendant Jim McNally and equipment assistant John Jastremski reportedly linked them to foul play involving deflating Patriots' game footballs.
The report also stated that team quarterback Tom Brady, the Super Bowl XLIX MVP, was "at least generally aware" of rule violations taking place. As a result, the NFL fined the Patriots $1 million, revoked their first round draft pick in 2016 and fourth round draft pick in 2017, while Brady was handed a four game suspension which will begin next season. more >>
One Ohio pastor certainly is obeying Jesus when He warns against burying talents in the Gospel of Matthew.
Pastor Lawrence Bishop II, 48, of Solid Rock Church in Monroe, Ohio, is an experienced bull rider and is known as the "Cowboy Pastor" for turning his church into a rodeo by frequently wrestling and riding bulls during service, a practice he uses to attract new believers.
"You know, the Bible said to compel them to come in, and so that's what we're doing," Bishop told ABC's "Nightline." "It didn't say how to compel them. It just said compel them to come in, so ... this is a tool." more >>
WASHINGTON — With over 5.5 million Americans devoting their lives to caring for loved ones suffering from debilitating health conditions resulting from their military service, televangelist Joel Osteen says it is the church's role to ensure that military and veteran caregivers get the spiritual guidance they need to build their faith.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation, a coalition founded by former Sen. Elizabeth Dole designed to raise awareness about the struggles facing military and veteran caregivers, commissioned a two-year study conducted by the RAND Corporation that found that spiritual guidance is one of the biggest needs facing family members, friends and others charged with caring for disabled veterans in order to help them maintain hope in their life.
Speaking with The Christian Post before a Hidden Heroes military caregivers awareness breakfast on Capitol Hill Thursday morning, Osteen, who is the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, explained that many spouses, mothers, fathers and others who have halted their lives to care for their loved ones cannot easily take breaks from their time-consuming responsibilities to attend a church or seek a pastor's guidance. more >>
A Nigerian pastor was arrested at his church this week over an alleged attempt to export over $3 million worth of narcotic drugs to South Africa from a Lagos airport.
"Prophet" Michael Raji, 60, the resident pastor of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim at Agodo-Egbe in Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly being part of a wanted drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
Raji was taken into custody following the interception of the drugs at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport during pre-shipment examination. more >>
The Church can experience long-lasting racial reconciliation when Christians finally choose to do three particular things that they apparently have been failing to do, according to three Christian leaders who recently took on the issue of how racial unity and the Gospel are intertwined.
In a conference call organized this week by The New York City Leadership Center in anticipation of its October Movement Day gathering, Brenda Salter McNeil, Pete Scazzero and Sherry Jones shared their concerns, suggestions and hopes for the Church in a time when headlines are populated with news of police-involved shootings, of mostly black males.
McNeil is an associate professor of Reconciliation Studies in the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and serves as associate pastor at Quest Church. Scazzero is founder of New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York. His best-selling books, Emotionally Healthy Church and Emotionally Healthy Spirituality, have been used by Christians in the area of spiritual formation. The third participant on race and Gospel call was Jones, who is the president and founder of Sonship Freedom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. more >>
A United Methodist body approved proposed legislation that would, among other things, allow clergy to perform gay marriage ceremonies and local conferences to ordain non-celibate homosexuals.
The Connectional Table voted 26 to 10 in favor of proposed legislation that would allow clergy to perform gay weddings without concern of facing church discipline or to be "openly self-avowed practicing homosexuals."
While the proposal was passed by the Connectional Table, the General Conference, the denomination's top lawmaking assembly, will determine if it becomes official policy when it meets next year in Oregon. more >>