Perry Noble played Wednesday's Powerball lotto, and for him it was no big deal. So when it comes to the debate against Christians — especially pastors — playing the lottery, frankly, the NewSpring megachurch pastor doesn't want to hear it.
"I know, I know — spare me the 'gambling' lectures," writes Noble in a blog post on his website Wednesday. "I remember when the lottery came to SC, Christians lost their mind and began railing about how the anti-Christ was on his way!"
Unlike some spiritual leaders, Noble doesn't frown upon gambling and says it's no different than playing the stock market. more >>
The head of an Episcopal Church group trying to secure control of approximately $500 million in church property from a breakaway diocesan leadership will soon be retiring.
Last year, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit surrounding who rightly owns the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina's name and property.
The Rt. Rev. Charles G. vonRosenberg, bishop of The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, sent an official letter Thursday announcing his plans to retire sometime in the summer. more >>
Life's challenges can sometimes seem as though the deck is stacked against believers — but they can win. That's the message shared in a sermon Monday by Elevation Church Pastor Steven Furtick who reminds believers that, despite their circumstances, they can have victory in the face of adversity.
There is one thing without which believers cannot win, Furtick warns. That thing is the will of God.
While Christians sometimes feel alone in their walks with Christ, He is on their side and it's His will for them to win. "God wants you to win," Furtick proclaims. more >>
Leaders representing 88 million Anglicans have decided to suspend the U.S.-based, theologically liberal Episcopal Church for its pro-gay marriage position.
At a meeting of Anglican Primates hosted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, leaders representing the worldwide body announced Thursday that they were suspending The Episcopal Church.
"The traditional doctrine of the Church in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds marriage as between a man and a woman in faithful, lifelong union. The majority of those gathered reaffirm this teaching," stated the Primates. more >>
Some people are always suspicious of others' motives, constantly doubting their intentions or searching for hidden agendas behind compliments or praise.
Pastor John Piper calls this "habitual suspicion," and in a post shared Tuesday on his website DesiringGod.org, the pastor, chancellor of Minnesota-based Bethlehem College & Seminary, offers four ways to break free of this consuming habit.
"This kind of doubting or suspicion as a habit is unloving and therefore wrong," explains Piper, who provides biblical background ahead of his four recommendations. more >>
A married Pennsylvania pastor and father who reportedly fled the country after being accused of raping and impregnating a teenage girl who was once his congregant, has promised to turn himself in after police launched a manhunt for him on Monday.
West Whiteland Township Police Department in Exton, Pennsylvania, first announced on Monday that they were on the hunt for 33-year-old Jacob "Jake" Malone to answer charges of rape, institutional sexual assault and related offenses.