The Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa has voted to recognize same-sex marriages and will start ordaining gay ministers without a celibacy clause. The DRC has been criticized by other Christian denominations, including by the Roman Catholic Church, for going against biblical doctrine.
South Africa's 24-hour news service eNCA reported that the vote took place last week, and a 64 percent majority of the church's synod voted in favor of supporting gay marriage.
DRC moderator Nelis Janse van Rensburg explained the decision, arguing that: "It is historical because with this decision we actually are at a point where there can be no doubt that the Dutch Reformed Church is serious about human dignity." more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham is said to be in better shape today than he's been in for a while as his 97th birthday approaches, and his son, Franklin, is sharing how Hollywood's depiction of eternity has inspired what's being promoted as his father's final book.
Graham will be 97 on Nov. 7, and Franklin, who's president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has said that his father is doing "pretty good."
"I think he's probably doing better now than he has in months, he's just got energy," Franklin told Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. " … This Sunday I walked in and I said 'daddy, this is Franklin," and he said, "oh son, where have you been? It's good to see you.' He'll want to talk about different things, so he's doing pretty good." more >>
Prolific author and pastor Max Lucado has released a book meant to help guide Christians who might be feeling stagnant in their walk of faith. Titled Glory Days: Living Your Promised Land Life Now, the book centers on helping to address this faith crisis within American churches.
Out of 1,000 churches only 11 percent of Christians feel driven by their faith, Lucado wrote in the opening chapter, according to a survey by REVEAL Research.
During an interview with The Christian Post, Lucado said that such studies prompted him to write Glory Days. more >>
Pastor Matt Chandler of The Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas, who is teaching his congregation the meaning and relevance of the Apostles' Creed through a series of sermons, explained how the phrase, "He ascended to Heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father," in the faith statement affects Christians' lives on Earth.
Jesus predicted His ascension, Chandler told the congregation, referring to John 14:12, which reads: "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and even greater works than these will He do, because I am going to the Father."
As the pastor explained in his previous sermons in the series, one way reading of the creed helps Believers is that it causes them to reject popular narratives of culture. more >>
While Madonna is seen blaspheming Christianity in her Rebel Heart Tour by using a cross as a stripper pole and dancing suggestively on a table set up to look like The Last Supper, the 57-year-old singer insists that Pope Francis would enjoy her performances and jabs at the Catholic Church, from which she was excommunicated.
The singer's tour is rife with religious symbolism, including a giant cross (that's being used as a stripper pole) and a re-creation of the Last Supper on which she provocatively dances.
When she was asked by Rolling Stone magazine about her feelings toward Pope Francis, since both high profile individuals were in Philadelphia at the same time last month, Madonna asserted that he would enjoy her performances and laugh about her views on the Church. more >>
I've been uploading some sermons from 1st Peter to my website, and I wanted to use this article as an opportunity to reflect upon one verse that I find incredibly challenging.
For me, 1 Peter 1:22 may be one of the most difficult commands not only in this letter, but in the entirety of Scripture.
Here's what Peter says: "Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart." (ESV) more >>