Cornelius (Neil) Davis Jr., senior pastor of the 4,200-member Hope United Methodist Church in Southfield, Michigan, has reportedly taken a leave of absence from the helm of his megachurch after allegations surfaced that he walked out on his first wife and two children then subsequently went on to marry again without getting a divorce.
An apparently penitent Davis explained in a letter to his congregation, cited by the Detroit Free Press, that he thought he had divorced his first wife, Jaletta Davis, who served him with divorce papers this summer but died last month, effectively ending her quest to officially divorce him and get alimony.
Davis said he "assumed a divorce had taken place," while noting his marriage to Jaletta was "very rocky and unhealthy," and it involved a cycle of drugs, alcohol and extramarital affairs. more >>
Pastor Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv started a new sermon series called "Stay Positive," and shared in his first message on Sunday eight reasons for believers to be optimistic in life based on what God says in just one chapter in the book of Romans in the New Testament.
"There's an epidemic of negativity around the world," Groeschel said after he introduced the new series, in which the description reads: "Cynicism and negativity may be the easy choice, but they're not the best choice. If you seek what's good, you'll see what's good. Let's embrace the way we're created to think and stay positive."
The pastor said he also needs this message, as he can also easily drift into negativity. The series will look into biblical qualities of optimism, gratitude, encouragement, generosity, enthusiasm and confidence, he added. more >>
God brought good out of Judas Iscariot's betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver, so was he not responsible for his act? It was a choice Judas made, and then his choice made him, says megachurch Pastor Greg Laurie, warning that the same principle applies in choices we all make in life.
In a blog post, Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, refers to an article in The New Yorker magazine titled "Betrayal," which asked the question, "Should we hate Judas Iscariot?"
"Did Judas deserve this fate?" the magazine asked. "If Jesus informs you that you will betray Him, and tells you to hurry up and do it, are you really responsible for your act? Furthermore, if your act sets in motion the process — Christ's Passion — whereby humankind is saved, shouldn't somebody thank you? No, the Church says. If you betray your friend, you are a sinner, no matter how foreordained or collaterally beneficial your sin. And, if the friend should happen to be the Son of God, so much the worse for you!" more >>
Hundreds of Christian conservatives gathered in the blistering heat in Nashville on Constitution Day Thursday, to rally for religious freedom in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling and called on the state to uphold its definition of marriage as being a union between one man and one woman.
As a crowd of over 400 gathered for the "Stand in the Gap for Truth" rally hosted by the Tennessee Pastors Network outside the state's Legislative Plaza, a number of issues, from the Iran deal to same-sex marriage, were discussed by prominent Evangelicals and state lawmakers.
Among the speakers who participated in the event was the husband of jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, Joe Davis, the father of presidential candidate Ted Cruz, Rafael, Bishop E.W. Jackson and former Southern Baptists Convention Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Dr. Richard Land. more >>
I recently gave away thousands of my books in my library. I only have a few left. In the exercise of deciding which few books I would keep, I asked myself a hypothetical question: What if could keep only 25 of the books?
I began the process thinking it would be a simple exercise. I was wrong! I had great trouble narrowing the list to 25. Here are some of the parameters I used.
I didn't hesitate to choose books that were simply personal preferences. more >>
The head of the 80 million-member Anglican Communion has announced that the global body's leadership will meet next year to consider a restructuring of the Communion to allow for sharp disagreements on issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby announced Wednesday that the 37 primates from across the world will meet in January over the future of the Communion, including matters like sexual ethics and environmentalism.
"I have suggested that we need to consider recent developments but also look afresh at our ways of working as a Communion, paying proper attention to developments in the past," stated Archbishop Welby. more >>