Afshin Ziafat, a former Muslim who's now a Christian pastor, said at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission's Leadership Summit on racial reconciliation that Christians must reach out to others with love, even when society is expected to hate them.
"Racial reconciliation is not just a good idea because racial equality is a politically correct idea, but it's because the message of the Gospel is at stake. The name of Jesus is at stake. And so the Gospel tells us that it's by grace alone that we can be restored to God," Ziafat, the pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, said on Friday.
The pastor shared his personal story of how he came to faith in Christ during the summit, which took place on March 26-27 in Nashville, Tennessee. He said that his story reflects the call for Christians to get out of their comfort zones and reach out to others. more >>
A female archdeacon belonging to the Church of England will soon be promoted to the position of a senior bishop, breaking new ground in the prominence of women in the Church of England.
The Ven. Rachel Treweek, a former speech therapist ordained in 1994, will become the head of the Diocese of Gloucester.
City Harvest Church Deputy Senior Pastor Tan Ye Peng has claimed that the congregation of the Singaporean megachurch does not feel deceived in the ongoing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds that allegedly went into financing the popstar career of pastor Kong Hee's wife.
"In every aspect, we've never felt that we've done anything unauthorized," Tan said about CHC's "Crossover" outreach program.
"Till today, church members come to me and say, pastor, hang in there. No one says pastor, we've been deceived." more >>
An Iowa Mennonite pastor that was deported back to Honduras last week despite garnering the support of thousands of American citizens, has opened up about his deportation and asserted that he deserved to stay in the country but was instead jailed in deplorable conditions and deported anyway.
After arriving in Honduras Friday, the deported pastor, Max Villatoro, spoke with the spanish-language media outlet Univision about his deportation and the conditions of his detention in the U.S. before he was finally flown out of the country.
The 41-year-old father of four was arrested on March 3 as part of a national Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown on about 2,000 unauthorized immigrants who have been convicted of crimes. more >>
John M. Perkins, a civil rights leader and father of the racial reconciliation movement, criticized pastor Creflo Dollar's former fundraising campaign for a new $65 million private jet as "evil," "heresy," and "exploitation," as he explained the damage prosperity preachers have done to black communities.
Perkins, founder of the Christian Community Development Association, was being interviewed by Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, at ERLC's conference on "The Gospel and Racial Reconciliation," which takes place Thursday and Friday in Nashville.
"The solution [to the damage racism has done to blacks is] God's people, with moral values, confronting and discipling people," Perkins said. more >>
A court has ruled in favor of a private Christian school in California that required employees to have a pastor for a reference.
Judge Henry J. Walsh of the Superior Court of California in Ventura County issued a ruling Monday in favor of Little Oaks Private School.
At issue was a suit brought by two former teachers who argued that they were wrongfully fired for failing to provide a letter from a pastor confirming their membership in a church. more >>