An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
A Florida pastor is keeping his promise after "flippantly" telling congregants during a Sunday sermon that he would foot their bill, should they get his church's logo tattooed on their body. So far, at least one dozen members of the pastor's congregation have gotten the blue and green logo emblazoned on their body.
Zach Zehnder, pastor of The Cross Mount Dora church in Mount Dora, Fla., says he is ultimately pleased, and surprised, by the decision of his congregants to get the church's logo tattooed on their body. "Every tattoo has a story. The landscape of faith has struggled to keep up with the times. So if we can create a way to start a conversation, it doesn't get better than that," Zehnder told My Fox Orlando in a recent interview.
The pastor said that during a recent sermon about acceptance in the Christian church, he "flippantly" offered to pick up any congregant's tab who decided to get a tattoo of the church logo, consisting of a green and blue circle around a cross. The purpose of Zehnder's suggestion, although a joke, was to start a conversation about acceptance in the church, including acceptance of those who are different due to body art or piercings. more >>
NEW YORK – Victims of the East Harlem explosion last week that claimed the lives of eight people are still in shock and disbelief, a New York pastor serving as their prayer coordinator said.
"The general sentiment of those who were affected is one of shock, being stunned, disbelief, grief, sadness. We as the Body of Jesus Christ have come alongside them to console them as Jesus Himself does," the Rev. William Devlin, the Clergy Emergency Prayer Coordinator for Victims of the East Harlem Explosion and the Pastor of the Infinity Bible Church, said in an interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday.
Two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings in East Harlem, Upper Manhattan, collapsed on March 12 following a massive explosion due to a gas leak, resulting in eight deaths and a number of people injured. more >>
With the recent announcement that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is in hospice care, some are wondering about the fate of the notorious hate group he created.
Estranged family members are among those who have weighed in on the future of the Topeka, Kan.-based church that is unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination.
An Iowa pastor diagnosed with Stage 3 esophageal cancer in January is now asking for prayers to help pay for his new $850 a month health insurance he signed up for under Obamacare.
Tony Angran, pastor of the Solid Rock Church of God in Centerville, Iowa, explains in a WHO TV report that when he was diagnosed with the disease in January he had health insurance. Moments before he started chemotherapy at a local health facility, however, he was informed that his insurance wouldn't cover the costs of his cancer treatment because of an existing heart condition.
"One of the workers came and said, 'I need to talk to you,' and so I went and talked to her and she says, 'We found out that your insurance does not include chemo,'" Angran told WHO TV. more >>
John MacArthur, influential author, pastor and seminary president, recently announced during the Shepherds' Conference held at Grace Community Church plans for a biblical inerrancy summit to bring a new generation "in line with the truth."
MacArthur believes the "true doctrine of inerrancy is under attack" and "anything that undermines the absolute inerrancy of Scripture destroys the foundation of all Christian truth."
"Trusting the Bible is everything," he stressed to The Christian Post. more >>