An Oregon evangelical pastor is facing 37 charges of alleged rape and abuse that involves two children — one boy and one girl.
James Daniel Worley, 37, served as the senior pastor at Powell Valley Church in Gresham and was arrested on Dec. 30 in Multnomah County following a Dec. 16 grand jury indictment. The sex crimes are said to have taken place 10 to 12 years ago.
Worley, who also worked as a Tillamook police officer, is now being held on $500,000 bail. The charges against him include 20 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of sodomy and three counts of using a child in a display of sexually explicit conduct. more >>
Pastor and Crazy Love author Francis Chan answered the question of what makes a boyfriend ready for marriage on John Piper's Ask Pastor John podcast by recalling a time when his older daughter brought a guy home.
He recounted, "My daughter did bring home a guy a few months ago from college and some of my friends asked her, they said 'hey how serious are you with him' and they told me her answer was so weird. They said her answer was 'I just want to hang out with him long enough to see if God answers his prayers.' That's a weird answer but in her mind that was her gauge."
The California preacher went on to describe how in his home, answered prayer is the measure of strong relationship with God. more >>
The need to address revival and the vital role of the Holy Spirit is as relevant today as it has been throughout church history. This article is the first part in a series where principles unfold throughout. It's my hope that readers consider the entire series before drawing conclusions.
The key is to find the biblical balance: "The true saints of God, who have clear heads, and pure, warm hearts, have in all generations had to walk between the two extremes of cold formality on the one side, and wild, ranting fanaticism on the other. Dead formality and the false fire of fanaticism are both Satan's counterfeits, and he does not care into which extreme the soul plunges..." (George D. Watson).
Watson masterfully describes how God's Spirit can be suppressed or misrepresented. To clarify, the Holy Spirit is not some weird, mystical force. He is part of the triune nature of God. The Bible says that the Spirit intercedes, leads, guides, teaches, and so on (cf. Romans 8:26; Acts 8:29; John 16:13). He enables and empowers us to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and to boldly live for Christ. God's Word becomes living and active in the life of the believer who is continually filled with the Holy Spirit. Charles Spurgeon adds, "What can a hammer do without the hand that grasps it, and what can we do without the Spirit of God?" more >>
Matt Chandler, lead pastor of a multi-site church near Dallas, Texas, announced Monday that his most recent MRI brain scans returned positive results and he's been cancer free for over five years.
"Astounded again at God's faithfulness. Another clean MRI today. Hard to believe it's been over 5 years #jehovahrapha," Chandler wrote on Twitter Monday.
On Thanksgiving Day in 2009, Chandler, lead teaching pastor at The Village Church in Highland Village, collapsed in his living room from a seizure that resulted from a golf-ball size tumor in his right frontal lobe. more >>
A pastor with the United Methodist Church has put together a one-woman performance meant to showcase a comedic side to the stories of the Good Book.
Known as the "Bible Cabaret," the production was put together by the "Irreverent Reverend" Jane Voigts, who has a professional comedy background.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Voigts explained that the inspiration for the "Bible Cabaret" came via a friend's suggestion. more >>
On the final Sunday of 2014, congregants of the historic Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. waited patiently for their senior pastor, Rev. Michael C. Murphy, to show up for the 8:30 a.m. service. He never did, and minutes later they found him dead in his office. He was 62.
A spokesman for Washington D.C.'s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner told The Washington Post that Murphy died of an apparent heart attack.
Rev. Leslie Dowdell-Cannon, senior associate minister at the church, told the Post that Murphy was found unresponsive in his office by members before being pronounced dead at a local hospital. more >>