More than 20 members of the Westboro Baptist Church held a protest outside a concert by pop star Lorde in Missouri. It was the controversial group's first protest since the death of the founder, Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., even as counter protesters held up a sign saying "sorry for your loss."
The protest was held outside the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City on Friday, KSHB reported.
The rival protesters wanted to send a positive message to the group that is known for picketing funerals and using the slogan "God hates fags." more >>
While applauding young evangelicals who have taken up causes such as opposition to injustice regarding the poor, the orphaned, and the enslaved, and who have helped increased awareness of such issues as sex trafficking and world starvation, Pastor David Platt said he is concerned about the lack of enthusiasm among some Christians on other issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.
"I'm concerned for lack of zeal, not exclusively, but particularly among young evangelicals on social issues that are just as, if not in some ways much more important like abortion and sexual immorality, and so-called same-sex marriage," Platt, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., preached at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on Thursday. "On some of these issues, younger evangelical Christians [and] prominent church leaders are often strangely quiet."
Platt observed, "We live in a day that we can be passionate in our stand against poverty and slavery, injustice that we need to stay passionately against, but issues that don't bring us into conflict with the culture around us." more >>
NEW YORK — A New York City pastor who leads a congregation in a notoriously seedy neighborhood is determined to transform a shuttered strip club into their new church, and believes a recent witnessing opportunity outside the facility was a sign that God would be bringing "revival" to the city.
"I had an extraordinary conversation with this man who used to be a patron there. He said his life is just a wreck," Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church told The Christian Post, relating a chance encounter he had recently with a driver outside of the Platinum Pleasures strip club in Hunts Point, located in NYC's Bronx borough.
The pastor and his congregation, which numbers 50-70 people, have been meeting for prayer every Tuesday evening on the club's sidewalk ever since Stutzman laid eyes on the "For Sale" banner strung across the building last month. more >>
NEW YORK — The pastor of a new church plant that is officially opening its doors this weekend in New York City's Co-op City is praying that those who are farthest from God will be the ones to walk through their doors.
"We're certainly not going to water down Jesus' message ever. We believe that He's God's Son and we believe that He changes lives today and we believe that He's the only way of salvation," Pastor Mike Tolone told The Christian Post.
Disgraced Geronimo "Pastor G" Aguilar, ex-pastor and founder of the Richmond Outreach Center megachurch in Richmond, Va., is now begging for help to cover his legal fees in fighting seven felony sexual abuse charges as the church prepares to name their new senior pastor on March 29.
Aguilar resigned from the church with three other pastors amid an explosive sex scandal on June 5, 2013. He was extradited to Texas in late May to face the seven felony charges, which include aggravated sexual assaults on two sisters who are younger than 14.
The charges are related to incidents that occurred before he started the ROC ministry, which was found in 2001, according to the church's website. A notice there also announced that they will be introducing a permanent replacement lead pastor on March 29. If convicted, Aguilar will face life in prison. more >>
I've been all over the board about him. My emotions have ranged from anger to apathy to compassion. He's equal parts rational, cold and notorious. He's the Prodigal Son's older brother.
An early reading of the Prodigal's story prompted me to quietly whisper to myself, "I am so glad the Prodigal encountered his father first when he returned home, rather than his brother."
I know, as do you, that had he encountered his older brother first, the Prodigal would have never made it home. His brother would have rejected him and turned him back to the 'far country.' more >>