I've been all over the board about him. My emotions have ranged from anger to apathy to compassion. He's equal parts rational, cold and notorious. He's the Prodigal Son's older brother.
An early reading of the Prodigal's story prompted me to quietly whisper to myself, "I am so glad the Prodigal encountered his father first when he returned home, rather than his brother."
I know, as do you, that had he encountered his older brother first, the Prodigal would have never made it home. His brother would have rejected him and turned him back to the 'far country.' more >>
A Pennsylvania pastor supports the legalization of medical marijuana that could benefit one of his church members by significantly reducing the multiple seizures she suffers every day.
Brett Hartman, senior pastor of New Covenant Fellowship Church in Mechanicsburg, Pa., believes that medical marijuana, given in an oil form low in THC, could be the solution for Anna Knecht, 11, who has dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy.
"Anna's condition isn't getting better and so we're kind of like, 'let's make sure our representatives know this. Let's make sure that maybe we don't have to go through all the bureaucracy,'" said Hartman, reports Fox 43 News. more >>
An panel from the United Methodist Church has agreed to hear an appeal from a Pennsylvania pastor who officiated his son's same-sex wedding. The appeals committee plans to hear the case of defrocked pastor Frank Schaefer this coming summer.
Jen Ihlo, president of the UMC Northeastern Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, said in a statement that the appeal will be tried under the authority of the Book of Discipline and will take place on June 20.
The "practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching," according to the UMC Book of Discipline. "Therefore, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church." more >>
A Florida pastor is keeping his promise after "flippantly" telling congregants during a Sunday sermon that he would foot their bill, should they get his church's logo tattooed on their body. So far, at least one dozen members of the pastor's congregation have gotten the blue and green logo emblazoned on their body.
Zach Zehnder, pastor of The Cross Mount Dora church in Mount Dora, Fla., says he is ultimately pleased, and surprised, by the decision of his congregants to get the church's logo tattooed on their body. "Every tattoo has a story. The landscape of faith has struggled to keep up with the times. So if we can create a way to start a conversation, it doesn't get better than that," Zehnder told My Fox Orlando in a recent interview.
The pastor said that during a recent sermon about acceptance in the Christian church, he "flippantly" offered to pick up any congregant's tab who decided to get a tattoo of the church logo, consisting of a green and blue circle around a cross. The purpose of Zehnder's suggestion, although a joke, was to start a conversation about acceptance in the church, including acceptance of those who are different due to body art or piercings. more >>
NEW YORK – Victims of the East Harlem explosion last week that claimed the lives of eight people are still in shock and disbelief, a New York pastor serving as their prayer coordinator said.
"The general sentiment of those who were affected is one of shock, being stunned, disbelief, grief, sadness. We as the Body of Jesus Christ have come alongside them to console them as Jesus Himself does," the Rev. William Devlin, the Clergy Emergency Prayer Coordinator for Victims of the East Harlem Explosion and the Pastor of the Infinity Bible Church, said in an interview with The Christian Post on Wednesday.
Two mixed-use residential and commercial buildings in East Harlem, Upper Manhattan, collapsed on March 12 following a massive explosion due to a gas leak, resulting in eight deaths and a number of people injured. more >>
With the recent announcement that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is in hospice care, some are wondering about the fate of the notorious hate group he created.
Estranged family members are among those who have weighed in on the future of the Topeka, Kan.-based church that is unaffiliated with any Baptist denomination.