"Remember what I told you: 'A servant is not greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also." – John 15:20
Christians, pastors, take heed. In case you haven't noticed, times are a-changin'. Whether at home or abroad, if you follow God's command to speak biblical truth in all things, most especially, it seems, on matters of sex and sexuality, you will be persecuted.
"A servant is not greater than his master." more >>
Some believe that salvation occurs only after a person is immersed in water. Is this true?
Brantly Millegan, for example, at the Catholic University of America, said the following in a recent interview with the Christian Post, "Catholics baptize infants because infants have Original Sin and need Jesus for salvation just as much as anyone else, and baptism is the way they can receive it."
Many of the early church fathers embraced this view of baptism as well. Even though we cherish many of their teachings, they were fallible…some taught that the Holy Spirit was a created being, the salvation of all (including Satan), purgatory, and so on. Therefore, we must look primarily at what the scriptures teach. more >>
In what is being described as a message he delivered shortly before he and eight others were killed in a fiery jet crash Sunday, prominent evangelical preacher and motivational speaker Myles Munroe spoke ominously of dying by accident and being "unnecessary" to his ministry.
In a video clip posted on YouTube described as "Myles Munroe's Message Shortly Before His Death," Munroe told leaders: "The greatest act of leadership is what happens in your absence. If everything you've done died with you, you are a failure. True leadership is measured by what happens after you die."
In the eerie clip that in hindsight seems like a prescient farewell, Munroe, who was speaking from a television studio at the time of the video's recording, challenged his audience to think about what would happen to their legacy if they suddenly died in an accident after leaving the studio. more >>
An appeals court panel has rejected a Wisconsin-based atheist group's lawsuit against a law that gives clergy an exemption from paying income taxes on their housing allowance.
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday against the Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison's lawsuit.
Reversing a lower court decision from last year, the panel unanimously concluded that FFRF "lacks standing to challenge" the housing allowance law. more >>
The Tennessee Baptist Convention elected Memphis pastor the Rev. Michael Ellis Tuesday to lead the 140-year organization, making him its first African-American leader. The convention's 940 messengers voted unanimously for Ellis during its three-day Summit Gathering of Tennessee Baptists. The Baptist & Reflector, the TBC's news journal, reported that his election was met with a standing ovation.
His election signifies the Southern Baptists' continued commitment to diversity and inclusion. The TBC is the state convention for the nation's largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, which elected its first African-American president, Louisiana pastor Fred Luter, in 2012.
Ellis was nominated by former TBC president Fred Shackelford. Shackelford told the Baptist & Reflector that the Memphis pastor "has proven himself as an excellent leader in our state and is a creative leader who is passionate about reaching the spiritually lost." more >>
Two suspects who were recently arrested in relation to the murder of Memphis, Tennessee, pastor Don Smith took selfies while joyriding in his stolen 2010 Buick Lacrosse.
Lashonda Williams, 24, and Roger Reed Jr., 23, were arrested on Nov. 5 in Greenville, 150 miles south of Memphis, for allegedly committing first-degree murder and aggravated robbery, according to Fox 13.
Smith, 57, was the pastor of Prospect Park Baptist Church in the Whitehaven area of Memphis, and was found murdered on Nov 1, where his body was discovered by two men walking their dogs. Police and paramedics were dispatched to the scene but Smith was already dead. The Shelby County Medical Examiner's office said he was killed from a gunshot wound. more >>