The teaching pastor who took over for controversial author and Pastor Rob Bell at Mars HIll Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, announced Sunday that he will soon be leaving the church and explained that "being a pastor is not really who I am."
Kent Dobson, who assumed the teaching pastor position at the 12,000-member megachurch when Bell left the congregation and moved to California in 2012, told the congregation during Sunday's service that he will be stepping down from his role in the coming months to pursue a "greater mystery."
He told the congregants that he has never felt right serving in the role of pastor because he has always been "drawn to the edges of religion and faith and God." He has even stated a few times that he doesn't know "what we mean by God anymore?" more >>
A coalition of about 100 African-American pastors are scheduled to meet with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday and are reportedly going to announce their support for the real estate mogul's presidential bid.
The New York Times reports that Trump's campaign announced this week that the Republican frontrunner will meet with the group of black pastors at 1 p.m. Monday at the Trump Tower in Manhattan.
According to the Times, the meeting will precede an announcement from the pastors that they will be endorsing Trump for president. The event will be televised on the Now Network's Roku channel, mobile app and website. more >>
This Thanksgiving holiday, Bishop T.D. Jakes remembers the dying words of his mother in a touching op-ed for FoxNews published Tuesday. The 600-word piece opens with the death of his mother, Odith Jakes, whom the pastor "cradles" in his arms as she draws her final breaths. But, as mothers often use every chance they can to give their children helpful advice, she spends her last moments admonishing Jakes and his brother and sister to "stick together."
And that message has indeed stuck with Jakes throughout the years, as he writes in the op-ed, "That gentle reproof has always underscored my intuitive understanding of family."
Since Jakes' father, Ernest Jakes, Sr., had already passed, his mother's death meant the pastor and his siblings had become orphans. In the touching tribute, Jakes expresses his thankfulness for family as he writes, "I am thankful for the gift of family that pays itself forward with each generation. As I have freely received love, I am able to give freely." more >>
Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church was talking with his college roommate, Pastor Kenneth Wagner, on the telephone as his wife, Amanda, lay dying after an attack during a home invasion two weeks ago.
Wagner, who is pastor of United Church in Delaware, is first mentioned in the affidavit of probable cause against Amanda's suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21. A copy of the document was shared with The Christian Post by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office on Tuesday.
On the morning of Nov. 10, when his 28-year-old wife was fatally shot in the head, arm and back, Blackburn told detectives that he left his home at about 6 a.m. to go to the L.A. Fitness gym located at 4015 Shore Drive in Indianapolis. more >>
A Tennessee congregation blessed a working mother of three on Sunday when they presented her with a $1,400 as tip for delivering 10 pizzas to their children's Bible study.
Audrey Martin, a single mother of three children younger than 5, recently lost her apartment and has been working for Domino's pizza in Rocky Top for about four months. Although Martin was not scheduled to work on Sunday, she went into work just to help out and wound up encountering a "miracle moment."
Martin was assigned to deliver an order of 10 pizzas to the Covenant Life Church for their children's Bible study. Upon entering the church, Martin was asked by the church's pastor, Rev. Tony McAfee, to come up onto the sanctuary stage during the adult service. more >>
With his father-in-law by his side, Amanda Blackburn's grieving widower, Davey, reacted just like Jesus on the cross to his wife's alleged killers Wednesday when he declared "Father forgive them for they don't know what they are doing."
A copy of the affidavit of probable cause against Amanda's suspected killer, Larry Jo Taylor Jr., 18, and his accomplice, Jalen Watson, 21, released Monday by the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, painted an agonizing picture of what Pastor Blackburn's wife suffered on the morning of Nov. 10 while he was away at the gym.
The autopsy conducted on Amanda on Nov. 12 revealed: "(She) sustained a gunshot wound to the back of her head. She also had a gunshot wound to the lower left arm which traveled up to her biceps. She also had a through and through gunshot wound which entered and exited her upper back." more >>