With religion changing many lives across the globe, a new app has broken through barriers in terms of providing convenience for worshippers in West Africa who opt for digital transactions.
Asoriba is a new application that allows members to receive devotionals and sermons from their pastor or whoever manages the church's devotional program. Aside from sermons and other related material, notices or memos from the church can also be received through the app.
What's more interesting about the new app that's getting more and more popular in Africa is the feature that allows members to send prayer requests to their preacher any time of the day. more >>
An openly gay Texas pastor who fabricated a story last month accusing Whole Foods of making him a cake with a homophobic slur on it has withdrawn his lawsuit.
Pastor Jordan Brown of Austin's Church of Open Doors admitted "The company did nothing wrong. I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story," the Statesman reported on Monday.
Brown has officially apologized to the store, its employees, his church, and the LGBT community for "diverting attention from real issues." more >>
Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina says he's now being described as "ignorant" and "hateful" as an Evangelical Christian who opposes President Obama's transgender bathroom directive to public schools.
Noble said in a Facebook video posted on Monday that after he spoke out against Obama's directive, people have told him things like "This is why I don't go to church; evangelicals are intolerant," and said that he even got called a "hater."
The megachurch leader responded to those accusations by saying: "I don't believe what our president did was right. And it's not because I hate anyone. It's because I am trying my best to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and live according to His teachings. Now, understand something, I fall short every day. I am casting no stones, and I believe that no one is perfect." more >>
The African Methodist Episcopal Church was unclear Monday on whether the denomination will address recent allegations that one of their high profile preachers, the Rev. Jamal H. Bryant of Northwest Baltimore's Empowerment Temple Church, fathered a child out of wedlock with a woman last summer.
"If there is any action to be taken it will be on the part of the Council of Bishops," Billie Irving, executive assistant to AME's General Secretary Jeffery Cooper, told The Christian Post on Monday.
Calls to Council President Julius McAllister and Bishop William P. Deveaux Sr., who oversees the denomination's second district under which Baltimore falls, were unanswered at the time this story was published. more >>
Theologian John Piper is weighing in on Target's controversial bathroom policy that allows customers to use restrooms and fitting rooms based on their gender identity rather than birth sex, saying he would avoid using a gender-open restroom even if it were marked for men.
In a podcast posted Monday on his website DesiringGod.org, the pastor elaborated on his position, saying he would avoid gender neutral restrooms, if he could.
"If I were there and if I had to [use a gender-open restroom], I would — just like I would stop on the highway if I had to," Piper said. "But I wouldn't if I didn't have to." The Bible scholar explained that he wouldn't use such a restroom in order to maintain a clear conscience, and to acknowledge God. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, preached about the transgender debate in America during his sermon on Sunday, telling the congregation that God already addressed the issue with Jesus' Words in the Bible.
Jeffress said in his sermon that many Christians are confused about how they should respond to the ongoing transgender debate seen in bathroom policies and recent court cases.
"It's not that confusing. In Matthew 19:4, God's Words are applicable. The Bible says 'God made them from the beginning male and female.' Not male, female and question mark. God has determined how many sexes there are — there are two, not three," the megachurch pastor said. more >>