Christian leaders across the nation reacted in shock at the news over the weekend that Pastor Bob Coy, founder and leader of the 20,000-member Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale in Florida resigned because of what his church described as a moral failure. Some observers are calling the church's loss of its pastor part of an epidemic that needs to be guarded against.
"I was devastated – heart sick – this morning to open my Facebook and the top story shared by a couple ministry friends was the resignation of pastor Bob Coy due to moral failure," wrote Kentucky pastor Ron Edmondson. "I have personally dealt with near a dozen churches in the past couple years who lost a pastor due to a moral issue. One of the leaders in our denomination used the word 'epidemic' recently to describe the number of pastors who are leaving the ministry because of moral failures."
Senior officials of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the U.S., announced that Coy, 58, resigned after "confessing to a moral failing." An official statement on the resignation from the church revealed that Coy confessed his failing to the church's leadership team last Thursday and resigned immediately after that. more >>
A high ranking leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reaffirmed the Church's opposition to same-sex marriage.
Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve, the second-highest governing body for the Church behind the presidency, recently laid out Mormonism's opposition to gay marriage.
"Liberty University is not partnering with Benny Hinn." So reads a statement from the conservative Christian school founded by Jerry Falwell after Hinn, a controversial charismatic televangelist, featured a Liberty University administrator on a recent broadcast promoting his new partnership with a Bible institute owned by the university.
"Liberty transferred the operations of Liberty Home Bible Institute, a non-accredited biblical studies certificate program, to Mr. Dan Reber in 2011," continues the Southern Baptist-affiliated school's statement shared via email with The Christian Post on Friday.
The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ili., has expressed his support for a priest who has refused to give Holy Communion to Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ili.).
Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki stated in an email written to a pro-life activist that he supported Monsignor Kevin Vann, pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church.
"Senator Durbin was informed several years ago by his pastor at Blessed Sacrament Parish here in Springfield that he was not permitted to receive Holy Communion per canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law," wrote Paprocki. more >>
Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era takes an in-depth look at the lasting impact that the ministry and achievements of 24 women have made on U.S. Christianity. These women founded educational institutions, organizations and denominations during the Progressive Era and many of their contributions remain pivotal to American society today.
They range in name from Virginia Moss, Elizabeth Baker, Mary Lee Cagle, Emma Whittemore and Martha Lee to Iva Durham Vennard, Aimee Semple McPherson, Helen Sunday, Evangeline Booth and several others. Their denominations include Methodist, Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Assembly of God, Pentecostal, and others. Among the many institutions and churches these women founded are the Catholic Truth Guild, Apostolic Faith Mission, Door of Hope, Good Will Mission, L.I.F.E. Bible College, Angelus Temple and Beulah Heights Assembly.
According to theologian and author Priscilla Pope-Levison, the 24 women evangelists featured in Building the Old Time religion broke ground and pressed against the tide of the times to follow and fulfill the calls they felt God had placed on their lives. Pope-Levison, professor of Theology at Seattle Pacific University and an ordained United Methodist minister compresses 20 years of research into less than 200 pages and leaves no stone unturned in her effort to reveal the accomplishments, struggles and shortcomings of these "theologically conservative" Christian leaders. more >>
IRVINE, Calif., – Popular author and speaker Francis Chan admitted before 3,500 Christian leaders attending the Catalyst West conference this week that he would do better not caring what people thought about what he would say during his time on stage, and solely rely on God to guide his speech.
"The [Catalyst] leadership has given me the topic 'Obedience Birthed by Proper Identity.' It would be just like God to give me the topic that I've struggled with my whole life," said Chan during the evening session of the first day of the event on Thursday. "I've struggled with insecurity. I still do. It's a fight. This is perfect timing, it's exactly what God has been teaching me in the last week."
Chan, who is the author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell, is working on a church planting movement in the inner city of San Francisco, and has recently launched a nationwide discipleship movement along with Pastor David Platt called "Multiply." The highly expressive Chan is one of several speakers at Catalyst West, part of year-round Catalyst events throughout the country designed to be an immersive learning, worship and creative experience where prominent leaders share their knowledge and challenge participants to become better leaders. more >>