Prominent Christian leaders quickly issued statements and used social media to voice their concerns shortly after a St. Louis grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.
St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury's findings during a Monday evening press conference at 9:22 p.m EST.
"The single antidote that will truly alleviate the tension and angst in Ferguson, Missouri, resides in the peace that only Christ can render," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, the president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela. "The prophetic and conciliatory concept of 'Shalom' — a peace where nothing stands missing or broken — presents the prescription for a community divided by race and fear." more >>
Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, has officially married Sarah Jakes, the daughter of fellow pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes.
The pair took to their social media accounts to debut wedding images weeks after speaking about their nuptials on their respective social media accounts. While Sarah added "Roberts" to her last name on social media, her new husband let his church know that the pair wed in a private ceremony with their blended families.
"We got away. We left town and we went and had a very private, intimate ceremony, because we wanted it to be about us," he told his congregation, according to EEW Magazine. "We really wanted it to be about us and it was a beautiful, beautiful sunset ceremony on a fine beach." more >>
The lawyer representing two Christian pastors and a deacon facing six years in prison in Iran for their faith has reportedly been denied access to his clients ahead of an appeal hearing.
"It is unacceptable that these men have been denied access to their legal counsel ahead of the court hearing. We remain concerned about the lack of due process in their case and the exceptional nature of their punishment. They have committed no crime and are effectively being punished for their faith," said Christian Solidarity Worldwide's Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas on Monday.
"We are deeply concerned for their wellbeing and, in particular, for pastor Irani's health, which has deteriorated significantly during his unjust detention. We urge the Iranian authorities to release these men and the many others who are being held in contravention of the international covenants guaranteeing freedom of religion or belief to which Iran is party," Thomas added. more >>
Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor and bestselling author, will finally have his new self-help show premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network next month, just a few days before Christmas.
A press release from OWN claims that on "The Rob Bell Show," the Christian author "shines a bright light on the topics we most want to talk about but don't know where to begin."
"The special focuses on the universal desire to create a life of meaning, hope, and joy –- making peace with your past, living and thriving in the present right here, right now," adds the press release. "Whether you're spiritual, cynical, religious, or not quite sure, Rob invites you into the questions, wrestling with what it all means and why we find spiritual topics so fascinating." more >>
There will be no open casket viewing of the bodies of renowned pastor and motivational speaker Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, at a national memorial planned for the couple in the Bahamas next Wednesday.
The lives of the Munroes, who died along with seven others in a fiery jet crash in the Bahamas on Sunday, Nov. 9, will be celebrated during a five-hour event at Thomas Robinson Stadium in the Bahamas.
Kevin Harris, spokesman for the Bahamas Faith Ministries founded by Munroe, told The Christian Post Monday that while there will be speeches, music and singing among a number of activities, fans of the Munroes will not be allowed to view the bodies out of respect for the family. He said the family made the decision not to have an open casket after they had identified the bodies. more >>
Florida Megachurch Pastor Jay Dennis consulted with doctors Monday after fainting in a parking lot and suffering a concussion following his daughter's wedding on Friday.
The senior pastor had just concluded taking pictures with his daughter and the bridal party when he passed out. He struck the pavement with such force that the he suffered a concussion. The fall also drove his glasses into his forehead creating a gash just above his left eye that required 12 stitches, a staff member at the First Baptist Church at the Mall informed the Christian Post
Dennis' fall was reported caused by dehydration and other undiagnosed conditions. The fall also agitated a previous back injury, reported Florida paper The Ledger. Church staff told CP there should be more news about his health after his doctor visit Monday . more >>