As cycles of unemployment, poverty and death have set in on many working class communities across America, are churches overlooking their responsibilities to help alleviate the pain and suffering of plighted working class families?
Although manufacturing jobs once provided the economic stability needed to make life worthwhile in many small, rural and working class towns located far outside the reach of cities and suburbs, the American industrial job market's decline over the last few decades has left many of these communities to face serious problems with unemployment, drug abuse, and alcoholism that foster a cycle of poor decisions that undermine potential economic mobility.
Dr. Kevin Shrum, who pastors at Inglewood Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee, and is also a professor of religious studies at Union University, Henderson, told The Christian Post that there is a "challenge" when it comes to churches "abandoning" the actual residents that make up their neighborhoods today. more >>
Singapore's City Harvest Church Missions Director Pastor Bobby Chaw has just discoverd that people in Japan received a warning on Facebook about prison-facing Pastor Kong Hee despite the fact that he was in the country to help with relief work for earthquake victims.
Kong, who is the CHC founder, has been posting updates about relief work amidst the humanitarian tragedy in Japan following the earthquake and aftershocks in April.
The pastor is also facing an eight-year prison sentence back home in Singapore, pending appeal, for misusing millions of dollars in church donations for the popstar career of his wife and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho. more >>
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently found himself rebutting a tweet from a self-described atheist who mocked a pro-faith message he had posted earlier on the social media site.
The conservative Republican leader had tweeted on Tuesday an image of Uncle Sam praying in a church, with a message calling upon others to do likewise.
The U.S. military doesn't have a compelling interest in preventing service members from displaying Bible verses at their desk, Family Research Council's Travis Weber told The Christian Post after hearing oral arguments in a federal appeals court.
The case involves United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Monifa Sterling, who was court-martialed for disobeying an order to remove three signs from her office desk that quoted the Bible. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces heard oral arguments Wednesday morning in the United States v. Sterling case.
New research shows that most pastors who serve small evangelical churches face financial hardships and many are reluctant to open up about their struggles.
The National Association of Evangelicals released a survey on Tuesday, conducted by Grey Matter Research last July, which interviewed 4,249 pastors and found that most face severe financial troubles as they struggle with expenses and debt and don't earn enough to secure long-term financial stability.
"The vast majority of pastors do not have their own radio or TV show, robust church staff, or megachurch attendance," NAE President Leith Anderson said in a statement. "Rather, they faithfully serve in small churches and face financial challenges stemming from student debt, low salaries and medical expenses. And sadly, they often feel they have no one to turn to for help." more >>
Hollywood actor George Clooney has presented the Aurora Prize, a $1.1 million humanitarian award, to a devoted Roman Catholic woman from Burundi who sheltered thousands of orphans during the country's civil war in the 1990s.
"Marguerite Barankitse serves as a reminder of the impact that one person can have even when encountering seemingly insurmountable persecution and injustice," Clooney said when presenting the award in Yerevan, Armenia, Reuters reported.
"By recognising Marguerite Barankitse's courage, commitment and sacrifice, I am hopeful that she can also inspire each one of us to think about what we can do to stand up on behalf of those whose rights are abused and are in most need of our solidarity or support." more >>