The Church of Scotland's general assembly has voted to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages by making a provision for individual congregations to "opt out" of the Church's traditional view of marriage as between a man and woman.
Commissioners voted by 339 votes to 215 in favor of the move on the first day of the annual general assembly meeting in Edinburg on Saturday, according to BBC.
"We had a debate which made very clear that we were not interfering with our theological definition of marriage and were not going to the place where ministers or deacons could themselves be conducting same-sex marriages," the Very Rev. John Chalmers, principal clerk to the general assembly, was quoted as saying. "It is an entirely different discussion." more >>
A year-long restoration project has officially begun on Jesus' tomb, located in the Church of Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The restoration project was spearheaded by the leaders of three religious denominations who all have some form of control over the site, which is believed to be where Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected, and is therefore a sacred place for many Christian.
This week, members from the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Orthodox churches gathered at the church to ceremoniously begin the intensive, $3.4 million project that will include peeling away layers of the tomb's outside, cleaning them and repairing them, one by one. more >>
Being a true disciple of Christ means learning from God and putting His Word into action, the Rev. Billy Graham says.
Graham, a 97-year-old Baptist minister who founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, explains in a My Answers Q&A that to be a disciple of Christ means to be someone who "believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him in his or her daily life."
While in the Bible disciples actually knew Jesus in person, today a disciple is considered to be anyone who has committed themselves to Jesus. more >>
The United Methodist Church will put a moratorium on its homosexuality debate, delaying at least for the time being efforts to allow for the ordination of non-celibate clergy.
Delegates at the UMC General Conference in Portland, Oregon, voted 428-405 Wednesday evening to adopt a proposal from the Council of Bishops halting Church legislation on human sexuality issues.
Titled "An Offering for a Way Forward," the Council of Bishops' recommendation will involve church leadership appointing a "special commission" to analyze the denomination's official stance on homosexuality, gay marriage, and gay ordination. more >>
Actor Kirk Cameron revealed the backlash he first received when he overzealously tried to convert his Hollywood peers by using apologetics, in a recent YouTube video posted by Living Waters.
In the video titled, "Balancing Apologetics and Evangelism," the outspoken Christian shared his testimony of going from an atheist, whose intellect fought against the idea of God, to an unashamed Christian evangelist.
During the 48-minute teaching, he opened up about the early days after he was first saved when he tried to be an apologist to Hollywood. more >>
One of the most dangerous prayers Christians can make to God is one of availability, asking God to send you wherever He wants you to go, Pastor Craig Groeschel says.
Groeschel, who heads the multi-site Life.Church from his home base in Edmond, Oklahoma, said in his "Dangerous Prayers" series that although many Christians pray to God in reference to what He can do for them, they should actually pray to see what they can do for God.
The megachurch pastor's sermon begins with the "send me" prayer, which says: "God I've been comfortable for way too long … I know you want to use me to show your love in this world. Give me eyes to see the needs of others, and a heart that dares to get involved where you are working. God, my life is yours. Whatever you want, wherever you lead, here I am." more >>