Faith for Just Lending, a new coalition of Christian groups representing different parts of the political spectrum, was formed to advocate for the elimination of unjust lending practices that hurt the poor.
"Payday lending is a form of economic predation and grinds the faces of the poor into the ground," said Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.
"As Christians," he continued, "we are called by Jesus, by the prophets, and by the apostles to care for the poor, individually, and also about the way social and political and corporate structures contribute to the misery of the impoverished. Groups across this diverse coalition don't agree on every issue in the public square, but I am happy to work together on this issue to stand against unchecked usury and work for economic justice, human dignity and family stability." more >>
Sun Ho, the co-founder of Singapore's City Harvest Church and wife of lead pastor Kong Hee, took the stand for the first time on Tuesday in the long-standing case against Kong and five other CHC leaders accused of misusing millions of church funds for Ho's career. The singer claimed that the Crossover project was meant to serve the mission of the church, and not her own career.
The Straits Times reported on Tuesday that Ho, who has not been charged herself, said that the Crossover project was "always about the church."
The six CHC members are being accused of funneling money into Ho's career through sham bond investing in the management company called Xtron, which the prosecution says was operated by CHC's leadership. The six accused face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of having misused the $19.2 million in church funds in question. more >>
President Barack Obama has been urged by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, comprised of 700 pastors, not to "preach" and impose his views in support of same-sex marriage on the Kenyan people when he visits the African country in July.
"We would like to send a strong message to the U.S. president that the homosexuality debate should not become part of his agenda, as it has been his tendency whenever he comes to Africa," Bishop Mark Kariuki of the Evangelical Alliance, told the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper on Monday.
"[Obama] should respect the faith, culture and people of Kenya when he comes in July," he added. "He should not put [homosexuality] as one of his main agenda[s] in the country." more >>
The number of congregations belonging to Presbyterian Church (USA) fell below the 10,000 mark during 2014, according to statistics released by the denomination.
PCUSA earlier this month reported that it had 9,829 congregations in 2014, which represents a decline from the 10,038 congregations it had in 2013.
110 congregations were listed as dissolved and another 101 were dismissed to other denominations. In contrast, in 2014 PCUSA had 15 new congregations organized. more >>
Mark Driscoll, who resigned last October as the lead pastor of the Seattle-based Mars Hill megachurch due to a controversy surrounding his leadership style, delivered a sermon at Gold Creek Community Church in Mill Creek near downtown Seattle on Sunday.
"Such a powerful message by Mark Driscoll to kick off our Repurpose series. Thanks Mark!" the Gold Creek church wrote on its Facebook page, and quoted him as saying in the sermon, "God doesn't need you to impress Him, he needs you to trust Him."
Before the sermon, pastor Dan Kellogg of Gold Creek introduced Driscoll by telling the congregation that he's qualified to speak on repurposing of life as he's in the middle of it, and that he had been "unfairly treated by former staff and the media." more >>
A strong majority of voters in Tennessee want the Holy Bible to be the official state book, according to the results of a recently released poll.
After the state legislature rejected a proposal to make the Good Book the official book for the state, Vanderbilt University released a poll showing that nearly two-thirds supported the idea.