Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas has condemned what he called "bogus ministers" who have riled against police, arguing that officers are "called by God" in their careers.
Jeffress spoke on "Fox and Friends Weekend" about the murder of five officers in Dallas by a man who said he "wanted to kill white peple, especially white police officers" allegedly in response to police-involved shootings, saying the vast majority of officers in America are good people.
"The New Testament says in Romans 13:4 that law enforcement officers are ministers of God sent by God to punish evildoers," Jeffress said. "When you think about it, police officers are just as called by God to do what they do as pastors and priests were called by God. more >>
Clayton King, the leader of Crossroads Worldwide ministry, has been appointed the interim senior pastor of South Carolina's NewSpring Church after the megachurch's founding and senior pastor, Perry Noble, was fired for alcohol abuse and other "unfortunate choices and decisions."
"Perry Noble is no longer the Senior Pastor at NewSpring Church… As for what is next for us, Clayton King is going to step in as Interim Senior Pastor," the church, with a weekly attendance of 30,000, says on its website.
King "has been a friend to NewSpring since the very beginning of our church," it adds. more >>
Pastor Steven Furtick, founder and lead pastor of Elevation Church based in Charlotte, North Carolina, said Thursday that he was crushed after seeing recordings of the deaths of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, and Philando Castile, 32, during separate encounters with police officers this week.
Castile's death was broadcast in a viral Facebook Live video after he was shot by an officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota Wednesday night while Sterling was shot dead on Tuesday by Baton Rouge police officers.
"I'm just saddened by it and wanted to reach out to you and also share with you that the Bible says we mourn with those who mourn and just having a pastor's heart," Furtick said in a Facebook video post shortly after returning stateside from a trip to Australia. more >>
Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>
Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong New York City has proven to be a basketball fan and friends with some of the biggest names in pop culture. Now, Lentz is revealing his love of hip-hop by praising No Malice for his latest song, "Jesus Christ."
Lentz took to Twitter to promote Christian rapper No Malice's song. The rapper, formerly of the duo Clipse, is from the same state as the popular pastor who has mentored the likes of NBA player Kevin Durant and pop star Justin Bieber.
Despite the controversy in his personal life throughout the years, rapper DMX believes he has been called to become a pastor.
"That's definitely the final destination. Or, a destination. You never know how far God is going to allow me to get or how many people He is going to allow me to reach," the 45-year-old rapper born Earl Simmons told the nationally syndicated morning radio show "The Breakfast Club." "Before I go onstage I pray that I'm able to just touch one person. If I'm able to touch just one person then I've done something wonderful with my life, not just that moment."
The rapper has been the subject of controversy in media headlines with numerous arrests, a public battle with drug addiction and fathering 15 children with nine women. While he is unsure of how much influence he would have as a pastor, DMX said he believes God gave him his foundation as a rapper for a divine purpose. more >>