Pastors are not immune to sexual temptation, in fact, their positions as ministers place them right in the path of danger, says Christian writer Jeff Fisher.
Fisher knows this topic all too well as his former pornography addiction caused him to lose his ministry position at one point. In a blog post written for Church Leaders, Fisher notes five reasons pastors are much more vulnerable than the average Christian to sexual temptation, beginning with the fact that they are in a place of power.
"The pastor is an authority, he is looked up to, he is on stage and he is usually highly regarded. Broken people with damaged lives come regularly to talk with the minister, many of them desperate for a word or attention," Fisher says. more >>
Los Angeles Pastor Touré Roberts shared a picture on Instagram Friday of him and Sarah Jakes embracing each other, proclaiming in Spanish "I had a great time in Atlanta with this beautiful woman! I cannot wait for her to officially become my wife!"
The warm message was one of two that the Purpose Awaking author shared with followers while attending T.D. and Serita Jakes' Women Thou Art Loose conference Thursday and Friday with his daughter, Ren.
Thursday night Roberts posted another Instagram picture of himself standing with his daughter and Sarah Jakes along with the message "Having a great time at #WTAL with two of the most special ladies in my life! My leading lady and firstborn lady." more >>
Rapper Young Jeezy's "Holy Ghost Remix" has been removed from some Internet platforms after Bishop T.D. Jakes expressed issues with part of his sermon being added to the track.
Jeezy used a part of Jakes' February 2013 sermon titled "Don't Let the Chatter Stop You" in his "Holy Ghost Remix" featuring fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. After Bishop Jakes expressed an issue with being featured in the song, the record was removed from streaming platforms like SoundCloud and YouTube.
Jakes, the senior pastor of The Potter's House megachurch in Dallas, Texas, is featured in the introduction of the 36-year-old rapper Young Jeezy's song where he states, more >>
Dr. James Dobson and his son, Ryan, have collaborated on a new video series titled "Building a Family Legacy" that is being simulcast in churches across the U.S. through Oct. 5.
The series combines Dr. Dobson's classic Focus on the Family videos with four new films by him and Ryan. It also includes the new film, "Your Legacy," and is designed to equip parents and grandparents to "build a lasting legacy of faith in their families," notes the press release.
"It's harder now to raise kids than it's ever been because the culture is at war with families," Dr. Dobson said. "I feel 'Building a Family Legacy' contains the most important message of my career. There is nothing more important than parents passing on a generational legacy of faith and values to their children." more >>
The grandson of televangelist Robert H. Schuller, Bobby Schuller, has been named lead pastor of Shepherd's Grove Church, the new name for Schuller's original congregation, which moved to a new location after selling the Crystal Cathedral building and campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County.
Schuller will also follow in his grandfather's footsteps with an hour-long religious television program called "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller." The new program will be similar to the "Hour of Power" show made famous by his grandfather but the younger Schuller plans on reaching a different audience.
"When I came to the remaining Crystal Cathedral congregation in March of 2012, my goal was just to help the ministry as things were winding down to a close. Then more people started attending, and the church grew. It soon became clear that God had other things in mind for the ministry, and that he wanted me to pastor the church," Schuller said, according to Christian Newswire. more >>
The 2005 Louisiana church molestation case that inspired the plot for the first season of HBO's "True Detective" series involved a so-called youth pastor sexually abusing his own daughter and the lead pastor dedicating children to satan.
Details of the case, which involved pastor Louis Lamonica Jr., and youth pastor Austin "Trey" Bernard of Hosanna Church in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, were revealed in a new VICE media documentary, "The Real 'True Detective.'"
Lamonica's initial confession to local police opened up the case in 2005. The detectives who worked the case, captain Stuart Murphy of the Tangipahoa Sheriff's Office and Tom Tedder, a special agent with the FBI, discussed it in greater detail with VICE and revealed some horrifying details. more >>