Members of a small Kansas church are now consoling each other after their pastor and her husband, whom she had been married to for almost 50 years, perished together in their car after it flipped over and caught fire along a local roadway Sunday.
The Miami County Sheriff's Office told Fox4KC that pastor of the Plum Creek United Methodist Church in Osawatomie, Rev. Beth Hodgson, 77, and her husband, Willis Hodgson, 78, died just a few miles away from their 50-member church along Plum Creek Road where their car caught fire after it overturned.
The Christian Post reached out to the church Wednesday morning for comment but no one was available. At the couple's home in Parker, their daughter, Jada Hodgson, said it was a difficult time to talk but said the members of the church "are just loving each other and us (family) and that's all there is at the moment." more >>
Deitrick Haddon, the minister and gospel singer who appeared on the Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of L.A.," is defending women preaching in the pulpit after the debate was sparked on the Oxygen mini-series "Preachers of Detroit."
Although Haddon does not have a starring role on the spinoff to his own Oxygen docu-series, he seemed to join the debate between some preachers regarding women's roles in the church. Bishop Corletta Vaughn is the Senior Pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral and Chief Apostle to Go Tell It Evangelistic Ministry Worldwide, but some may question her defying patriarchal church traditions to become a female preacher.
After Pastor Don William Shelby Jr. of Burning Bush International Ministries Church of God in Christ appeared on Oxygen docu-series to speak against women having a prominent leadership role in the church, Haddon had something to say about it. more >>
A congregation is now grieving after an elderly North Carolina pastor was killed Monday morning when his church's van rolled over him as he prepared to deliver food to the needy.
Police in Hendersonville have called the death of 69-year-old Henry Lineberger, associate pastor at New Beginnings World Outreach Center, a freak accident, according to WLOS.
Lineberger, according to police, was seen changing the brake fluid on the church van at about 9:30 a.m. at the church grounds on Monday. City workers later found the pastor unresponsive underneath the van. The vehicle was reportedly in neutral when they got to the scene and police have theorized that the van rolled because it was on an incline and the pastor tried to stop it. more >>
A beloved pastor in Texas dropped dead before some 200 people including his own sister while preaching at the funeral of a church member last Friday, after ironically warning them of the need to be "ready for death."
Sheila Edwards, sister of the-late Rev. Darryl Edwards, 55, of the Fannin Street United Methodist Church in Goliad, Texas, told the Victoria Advocate that her brother was exhorting on the need to be "ready for death" at the 10 a.m. funeral service for his parishioner, Sally Bland, on Friday, when it took him suddenly.
"He was talking about how you need to be ready for death because you never know the day or hour," she said of her brother's sermon. "And about then, it happened." more >>
Last Friday, the Institute on Religion and Democracy's (IRD) Chelsen Vicari met with Deamon Scapin, the pastor of a new Capitol Hill church plant called Triumph D.C. According to the new church plant's website, Triumph seeks to be "a network of life-giving churches and a movement of leaders to influence a city that influences the world." Deamon, his wife Kristine, and their three children moved from suburban Texas in 2013 to join the revitalized movement of church planting happening inside the Washington D.C. Beltway.
Chelsen Vicari: When did you first recognize the call to lead a church plant in Washington D.C.? And, by the way, uprooting your family from suburban Texas to this crazy, chaotic, awesome city is quite daunting. What were your thoughts and feelings during such a hectic, exciting time?
Pastor Deamon Scapin: That is a huge story, but I'll try to condense it. Just out of college and newly married, we moved from Pensacola, Florida to Texas through a relationship with a spiritual father of mine to be on staff there at a church. At the time, we knew that when we were joining the staff—this was sixteen years ago or so—that we weren't going to be there forever. We were going to Texas for ministry training, development, and experience. At some point we knew we would plant a network of churches that we would have the opportunity to lead. We ended up taking over the 30-year old founding campus over and we lead there for about six years. But my wife and I knew God was leading us to do the work that we had done in Texas in another place. more >>
Pastor and Counter Culture author David Platt said society cannot effectively fight sex trafficking until it examines its own pornography use.
The Alabama megachurch pastor and Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board president writes in Counter Culture that many college students, if asked, would express a desire to end sexual slavery. Yet studies such as a 2008 Barna Research report shows that adults under the age of 25 are twice as likely than Baby Boomers to watch pornography.
"Every time someone views pornography online or on a mobile phone in a living room or office or wherever… they're contributing to a cycle of sex slavery from the privacy of [their] own computer or [their] own smart phone," Platt asserts. more >>