The Alabama megachurch Church of the Highlands celebrated the life of their Greystone Campus Pastor Keith Lindsey Saturday after he succumbed to a year-long battle with cancer last week.
Lindsey's death was first confirmed in a message posted to social media by Church of the Highlands Senior Pastor Chris Hodges Thursday.
"With a saddened heart, I wanted to let you know that our Greystone Campus Pastor, Keith Lindsey, went to be with the Lord early this afternoon after a yearlong battle with cancer. Pastor Keith was an incredible man whose legacy of love for God and people will continue to impact generations to come through every one of us who had the honor of knowing him," Hodges wrote to members of the Birmingham-based church. more >>
Pope Francis and other Catholic bishops are praying for the release of Fr. Tom Uzhunnalil, an Indian priest thought to have been crucified by the Islamic State last month, in hope that radicals will be moved to change their ways.
"Dear brothers and sisters, in the hope given to us by the Risen Christ, I renew my appeal for the freeing of all kidnapped persons in armed conflict zones," the pope told the crowds in St. Peter's Square on Sunday at the Vatican.
"In particular, I wish to remember Salesian priest Tom Uzhunnalil, who was abducted in Aden, Yemen last March 4," he added. more >>
For many Christians, suicide is a taboo act that will keep a believer out of Heaven. Known by many as the "unforgivable sin," it's a complicated issue that's been widely neglected from theological discussion within the Church.
In a portion of his new book Unanswered, a volume intended to shed light on several hot-button topics that loom large within the Church, apologist and New Testament scholar Dr. Jeremiah Johnston debunks misconceptions about suicide and mental illness — two issues secretly plaguing today's Church.
"Twenty-three percent of pastors right now, according to a reliable LifeWay study, are chronically depressed," Johnston told The Christian Post last week. more >>
For Christians to experience change in their life, they need to start with changing their body, evangelical pastor Rick Warren wrote in a devotional this week.
The founding pastor of the 32,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California wrote that any change, whether it be "financial, vocational, educational, mental, or relational," begins with the physical because "your body affects your behavior."
"Your muscles affect your moods and your motivation. Your physiology can actually affect your psychology," Warren writes, pointing to Romans 12:1, which calls on Christians to offer their bodies as a living sacrifice to God. more >>
The brother of kidnapped Indian priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who previously was believed to have been crucified by ISIS, has said that he is still unsure what happened to his brother, but is leaving everything in God's hands.
"I am waiting for clear good news. Until then, I will stay at home," 73-year-old Mathew Uzhunnalil told Catholic News Service in an interview published on Thursday.
"A lot of people are coming here (to the house) and even hold prayer meetings (for the safety of the priest)," he added. more >>
A complaint against a United Methodist Church clergywoman who recently admitted to being involved in a same-sex relationship will move forward.
According to the UMC's Book of Discipline, ordained clergy cannot be involved in a same-sex relationship or marriage, even in places where such unions have legal recognition.