A Bronx pastor who is also an NYPD officer has been suspended without pay amid allegations that he raped a 16-year-old teen from his church.
Officer Vladimir Sosa, who is a volunteer pastor at Iglesia Metodista Libre El Remanente in the Tremont section of the Bronx, was arrested early Tuesday in the 43rd Precinct on charges of third-degree rape, criminal sex acts in the third degree, sexual misconduct, child endangerment and sex abuse. He works out of the 46th precinct and has been placed on unpaid leave pending an investigation.
He walked out of court on his own recognizance Tuesday and is scheduled to return on April 17 when he is expected to face a grand jury. more >>
The Episcopal Church and its allies in South Carolina have filed an appeal with the state's highest court in its legal battle over a breakaway diocese's $500 million property.
After being denied a motion to rehear by a lower court, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina announced Tuesday that they are filing an appeal against the Diocese of South Carolina.
"The notice of appeal was filed Tuesday with the state Court of Appeals in Columbia by The Episcopal Church and its local diocese, The Episcopal Church in South Carolina," explained the church in a press release shared with The Christian Post. more >>
I recently read an interesting article in The Christian Post where Pastor Ed Young said anger could be a "gift from God." I thought I'd kindly respond and offer an alternative view:
Dear Pastor Young,
You're wrong. more >>
Speaking on a conservative radio talk show on Monday, the father of 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz explained how God helped his son and the pastors of Houston fight back against Houston Mayor Annise Parker's subpoena of five pastors' sermons relating to the city's transgender bathroom ordinance.
In discussing how federal, state and local governments are continuing to infringe upon religious speech and expression related to traditional marriage, Rafael Cruz told conservative radio host Joe Miller that more pastors and clergy need to take a bold stand against governments' attempts to limit religious freedom and urged religious leaders to fight to protect their "inalienable" rights.
As an example of how effective the church can be in leading protests in the public square, Cruz mentioned how religious leaders in Houston gathered at First Baptist Church after Houston Mayor Annise Parker subpoenaed the sermons of five pastors who were at the forefront of leading the petition against the city's transgender bathroom ordinance last October. more >>
A diocese that broke away from The Episcopal Church over theological differences and the treatment of its bishop has passed a resolution barring gay marriage ceremonies from being performed at its facilities.
The Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina, a church body that broke away from the liberal mainline church in 2012, passed the resolution earlier this month at their convention.
Known as Resolution R-4, the document was titled "A Resolution to Adopt a Standing Resolution on Marriage" and was passed in response to the current debate over marriage definition in the United States. The resolution also states that the diocese will only host weddings for couples (one man and one woman) "whose birth gender identities were respectively male and female." more >>
Speaking to a congregation about the ugly conflicts that plague our world is a challenging task for any pastor. But he is called to search the Scriptures and guide the flock entrusted to him by God in all matters of life.
One such challenging topic was addressed in a recent article by Criswell College adjunct professor of theology Brandon D. Smith: the Islamic State. Smith demonstrated well the classic struggle that every pastor experiences on Sunday morning when preaching about the justice and mercy of God. How does one find a balance? How does a Christian know when to be just and when to be merciful? In the case of ISIS, how should a pastor instruct his flock?
Unfortunately, Smith's advice to pastors about this question turned out to be just as inconclusive and unhelpful as a non-answer would have been. His final analysis: "Non-violence might be the right action, but it might not. War might be the right action, but it might not. Preach that." more >>