A congregation in Garland, Texas, is mourning the loss of their assistant pastor, who was killed over the weekend when he was struck by a garbage truck on a busy freeway after his minivan stalled.
Austine Ogbiede, assistant pastor of Christ Embassy Church in Garland, was killed instantly around 2 p.m. on Saturday when he stepped out of his minivan on the busy LBJ Freeway to check a flat tire. Upon stepping out of his car, Ogbiede was reportedly struck by a garbage truck in the highway's second lane near 75 Central.
Members of the Christ Embassy Church have now rallied around Blessing Ogbiede, wife of the deceased assistant pastor who is now responsible for taking care of the couple's two sons, ages 3 and 5. "Before he left yesterday, he was talking about his kids," Ogbiede told CBS-11 of her husband. "How he wanted his kids to be raised in the house of God." more >>
Gov. Terry McAuliffe's (D) nominee for the chairmanship of the Democratic Party of Virginia is facing opposition from a state LGBT caucus over his lack of support for same-sex marriage.
Dwight C. Jones, mayor of Richmond and a Baptist preacher, faces opposition from the LGBT Democrats of Virginia even though his record on other issues pertaining to gay rights have been in line with the caucus.
"Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones banned discrimination against gay city employees. He issued a proclamation to mark the city's Transgender Day of Remembrance. His police chief appointed the city's first LGBT liaison," reported Laura Vozzella of the Washington Post. more >>
Critical self-introspection is necessary in order to be an effective leader, Bishop T.D. Jakes said during the 2014 International Pastors and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla.. The megachurch pastor added that an individual's effectiveness can only be measured by how much they multiply their gifts and talents.
"If God gave you two or five talents and He comes back and you still have what he gave you, you didn't lead…if you're not making any change, you're taking up space," said Jakes during the conference Friday.
Aimed at helping leaders strengthen their church infrastructure, Jakes' message focused on reevaluating the qualities that make an individual influential. He also urged attendees to ask themselves three questions when self-assessing. more >>
New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan said in an interview that he has "no sense of judgment" on NFL prospect Michael Sam who announced in February that he is gay, and also commented on Pope Francis' recent remarks that he could be open to civil unions.
"Good for him. I would have no sense of judgment on him. God bless ya … Look, the same Bible that … teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo,'" Dolan said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, when asked for his views on the issue.
Megachurch leader Ulf Ekman of the Word of Life ministry in Sweden has announced that he and his wife Birgitta have converted to Roman Catholicism. The announcement, according to reports, has left some in his congregation "partially stunned."
In his explanation onhis website, Ekman says the conversations he and Birgitta had with Catholics challenged their "protestant prejudices" and led them to the realization that they "in many cases did not have any basis for our criticism of them."
"We needed to know the Catholic faith better. This led us to … realize that it was actually Jesus Christ who led us to unite with the Catholic Church," the pastor stated. more >>
Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church has taken an apologetic tone recently, even during Sunday sermons, while the most recent controversy surrounding the normally unashamedly brash Christian leader entails criticism of the way his book, Real Marriage, was marketed.
"I love you (the church) very much and I want to do the best job that I can, and I'm devastated when I don't," said Driscoll during a sermon about the power of "the tongue." "Jesus gave His best and you deserve the best."
On Friday, after a report that Mars Hill paid a promotional company $210,000 three years ago to make sure that Real Marriage, co-written by Driscoll's wife, Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list, the church released a "Note From Our Board of Advisors and Accountability." more >>