A body within the United Church of Canada has passed a proposal calling for the liberal denomination to review the questions it poses during ordination in light of controversy surrounding a clergywoman who came out as an atheist 14 years ago.
The Ontario-based Hamilton Conference approved the proposal on Sunday that seeks to have the UCC's General Counsel order a "broad based and theological review" of ordination standards.
In a copy provided to The Christian Post by the Hamilton Conference, the proposal alludes to the Rev. Gretta Vosper, an outspoken atheist who will soon face review by the UCC over the "effectiveness" of her ministry. more >>
Stars of Oxygen's "Preachers of L.A." reality series recently blasted TLC for exploiting then abandoning the Duggar family who star in the network's "19 Kids and Counting" reality series amid the molestation scandal that has rocked the family in recent weeks.
The Duggar family rose to fame on TLC's "19 Kids and Counting," but on Tuesday, the future for the embattled Christian family's television series remains in limbo after allegations arose that the eldest Duggar son, Josh, molested five girls when he was 14.
Discussing the resulting firestorm of criticism against the conservative Christian family, pastors Deitrick Haddon, Jay Haizlip and Wayne Chaney from "Preachers of L.A." appeared on Extra TV where they said TLC should have supported the family. more >>
Former Mars Hill megachurch pastor Mark Driscoll has been making a series of public appearances fueling speculation that he's planning a permanent comeback to the spotlight with a new church plant after his resignation from the Seattle-based church in October, where he was accused of plagiarism, misogyny and emotional abusiveness. Some former church members are warning, however, that he isn't ready to be back in the pulpit.
During an appearance on May 17 at Mill Creek's Gold Creek Community Church in Washington, the church's pastor, Dan Kellog, welcomed Driscoll and made a suggestion that has the former Mars Hill community stirring over what could be their former pastor's future plans.
"I know you're probably not going to stay in the area," said Kellog. "You're going to go somewhere and start a church?" more >>
A Nevada School has apologized for not allowing a preacher's 12-year-old daughter to include the Bible verse John 3:16 in a homework assignment.
In response to a letter of complaint sent by the Texas-based Liberty Institute, Somerset Academy of the Shelby County School District replied with an apology.
Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, is set to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday and urge Congress to free her husband, alongside representatives of the three other Americans wrongfully imprisoned in Iran. Abedini wrote in prepared remarks that she cannot bear any longer to tell her two children their father is still not home.
"I am here today as a single mother who is trying to be strong for her children, and as a wife who humbly admits, I need your help. I cannot bear to look at my children's longing eyes one more time and explain to them why their daddy is still not home. I cannot bear to see their hopes crushed again. I cannot imagine my husband spending yet another day in an Iranian prison. I need your help. I cannot do this on my own," Naghmeh Abedini said in her remarks.
Pastor Abedini has been in an Iranian prison since his arrest in 2012 while working on a non-sectarian orphanage project. more >>
A narrow red stain that has remained for years beneath a painting of a crucified Christ at the Saint John the Evangelist church in Newport, Rhode Island, has led the church's pastor to speculate on its possible meaning and the presence of Jesus.
Providence Journal reported on Monday that the 140-year-old Episcopal church has recently been attracting attention for the strange rust-colored stain, which in the right light appears to be coming directly from Jesus' crucified feet from the 12th Station of the Cross painting.
The mark has been there for years, but the church's leadership has resisted trying to turn it into a "roadside curiosity." more >>