Unfortunately for Mormons who might have based their theology off a hit Broadway show, no one from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will receive his or her own planet after they die.
In an article released from church authorities last week, the LDS church sought to dispel the myth that church members would receive real estate in outer space after death.
"[Human] limitations make it easy for images of salvation to become cartoonish when represented in popular culture...Latter-day Saints' doctrine of exaltation is often similarly reduced in media to a cartoonish image of people receiving their own planets...while few Latter-day Saints would identify with caricatures of having their own planet, most would agree that the awe inspired by creation hints at our creative potential in the eternities," it stated. more >>
A mediation process between a breakaway Texas megachurch and the mainline denomination it once belonged to over disputed church property has failed to produce a result.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas announced Friday that its settlement talks with Presbyterian Church (USA) over their legal property dispute did not conclude in a resolution.
In a statement posted on their website last week, Highland Park Presbyterian acknowledged the failure regarding talks with the PC (USA) regional body, Grace Presbytery, which is the association the church belonged to before voting to disaffiliate. more >>
A North Carolina congregation has permanently installed the controversial "Homeless Jesus" sculpture that had been previous rejected by other churches in the United States and Canada.
St. Alban's Episcopal Church of Davidson received the sculpture as a donation and installed "Homeless Jesus" on their property last week.
The Rev. David E. Buck, rector at St. Alban's Episcopal, told The Christian Post that the donated sculpture came "in honor of a former deceased member, Kate MacIntyre, who had been the Davidson Town Public Arts director." more >>
The former head of the Roman Catholic Church whose resignation last year made headlines across the globe has denied that he was forced into retirement.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI recently stated that the claims by some that he was forced to resign were "absurd," reported Philip Pullella of Reuters.
"There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my resignation from the Petrine ministry," said the former pontiff in remarks published Wednesday by the Vatican Insider. more >>
The skeptic inside of us may knee-jerk away from going to see "Heaven Is for Real." However, may I suggest fighting that impulse and instead, taking yourself to see an extremely powerful movie that, in the end, is a movie about our own questions regarding life and the life-after.
The movie is about our humanness because nearly all of us question where it is we go when we die. We may not be part of a pastor's family, and surely most of us have never had a near-death experience, but we go about our lives doing much like the Burpo family portrayed in the movie, doing the best they can at making sense of things in day-to-day living, until the unexplainable happens.
Whether the real life, 4-year-old Colton Burpo went to the actual heaven during his emergency surgery in 2003, has not really been my concern since I caught a pre-release screening at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville last Sunday. What I was impressed with most, and still marvel at, is that the life of an ordinary pastor and his family living in Nebraska were so authentically captured in a Hollywood film. That's not a given. more >>
Leah Remini made the decision to leave Scientology seven months ago and has been close-lipped about it until now. She finally broke her personal silence and explained why she chose to leave the organization: her family.
"[My daughter Sophia] was getting to the age where the acclimation into the Church would have to start. I started thinking of my own childhood and how I grew up resenting my mother because she was never home," Remini told Buzzfeed in a new interview. "In my house, it's family first – but I was spending most of my time at the Church. So, I was saying 'family first,' but I wasn't showing that. I didn't like the message that sent my daughter."
Remini said that she decided she wanted to enact changes within the Church that would make it possible to put family first. As a lifelong member, she thought she could count on her friends and fellow Scientologists to help. Maybe some of them even shared her passion, she thought, but nothing was further from the truth. more >>