Faithful throughout the world participated in Ash Wednesday services yesterday at the start the Lenten season, and hundreds took the opportunity to join one Methodist congregation in its "Drive Thru Ashes" event.
Munholland United Methodist Church of Metairie sponsored a "Drive Thru Ashes" event in which hundreds of drivers received the ashy cross upon the forehead.
"This event is about taking the church into the community and meeting people where they are. Many of the people who came through yesterday were on their way to or from work or unable to attend services at their church," said the Rev. Tim Smith of Munholland UMC to The Christian Post, explaining that this was the second year the congregation has hosted the event. more >>
Wheaton College announced Wednesday that it will create a scholarship in the name of former political science professor Larycia Hawkins, who has agreed to forgo her tenure and leave the school after being suspended in December for asserting on Facebook that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
At a press conference formally announcing a reconciliation agreement between the school and Hawkins in Chicago, Wheaton President Philip Ryken announced that the Illinois evangelical institution will honor Hawkins by establishing an endowed scholarship for peace and conflict studies in her name.
The scholarship will allow interns to pursue summer projects pertaining to peace and conflict studies. more >>
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has admitted that the Episcopal Church's suspension in January by the Anglican Communion for supporting gay marriage is fair, but said that it will not change their stance on the issue.
"We're not changing — so there shouldn't be an expectation that in the next three years the Episcopal Church is going to change," Curry said at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. earlier this week, according to an article on the Institute on Religion & Democracy blog Juicy Ecumenism.
"This is who we are," Curry added. more >>
Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham denounced President Barack Obama's recent visit to a mosque in Maryland, declaring that "Islam cannot save anyone."
For the first time in his presidency, Obama visited a mosque on Wednesday, delivering remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Graham wrote that the trip and the media coverage of it were "an attempt to recast what [Obama] said was 'a warped image of Islam.'" more >>
All too often people speak pessimistically about themselves, and in doing so, unintentionally invite negativity into their lives. But a new book by Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen reminds readers that words have power, and aims to help people kick the habit of speaking negatively and to invite good things through the power of the tongue.
"You have to invite the right things into your life," Osteen tells viewers during a segment on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Tuesday.
In his latest self-help title The Power of I Am, Osteen teaches readers how to create a narrative of positivity in their lives using the two words "I am," followed by positive affirmations. In the opening chapter, he writes, "What follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live." more >>