The United Methodist Church will review a bishop's decision to support a regional conference's resolution passed in support of same-sex marriage.
The denomination's highest court, the Judicial Council, will review the Desert Southwest Annual Conference's "Marriage Equality Resolution" in April it was announced.
In the recently released docket for the Judicial Council, the reproduced resolution stated that the Conference took a stand in favor of gay marriage, even though the UMC Book of Discipline defines marriage as being between one man and one woman. more >>
The reality of hell is difficult to accept, but we can't fully understand God and His world unless we grapple with it, says N.C. megachurch Pastor J.D. Greear, who has started a blog series on the doctrine of hell, a topic over which he once almost lost his faith.
"For years I've felt that if you were to give me a Bible, a divine eraser, and ten minutes, I would take hell out of the Bible," writes the pastor of The Summit Church in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., in the first of a five-part series for "Between the Times," the official blog of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
"As a young Christian, when I began to learn about hell and its implications, I almost lost my faith. It was that disturbing," admits Greear, but added that a Christian must grapple with it. more >>
Dr. Randy White, host of a new radio program, "Ask the Theologian," says the church today is offering a biblically invalid theology he calls "Twitter theology" – pithy doctrinal sayings limited to just a few words, posted and reposted to create a mumbo jumbo of sound bites.
"Theology is so absent from the church today. Almost everything that a Christian can find in sermons, Bible studies, Christian books, and even seminars and conferences is 'felt-need' oriented," the pastor of First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas, says in an interview published in SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) Today.
White, who is the contributing writer for the SBC publication, says he launched the radio ministry earlier this month in response to this notion of absent theology. He says that the development of good theological thinkers is crucial for a healthy future of the church. more >>
The Imago Dei campaign is the latest among a handful of emerging faith-friendly initiatives attempting to defuse heated conversations among Christians on certain polarizing issues, specifically homosexuality. Although this latest evangelical-led movement holds the view that homosexuality is a sin, its supporters affirm that both "straight and gay" people bear the "image of God" — not exactly a newsflash for some Christians, but definitely a necessary acknowledgment as far as those who lead similar organizations are concerned.
Imago Dei, a Latin term translated "image of God," is the name of a new campaign launched last week by the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference that represents 40,000 churches. Joining Rodriguez in affirming the Imago Dei in all people, including "victim and perpetrator; citizen and undocumented; believer and unbeliever," are listed leaders Jim Daly, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, James Robison, and Mat Staver.
"We want to do away with the polarizing, negative rhetoric that seems to captivate and hold hostage conversations within groups. Even in the public sphere, there's so much venom and polarizing rhetoric, and we want, as Christ-followers, to shine the light of Christ with love. It begins with the Imago Dei," explained Rodriguez. more >>
Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church of Dallas continues to garner attention for his view that President Barack Obama's policies will lead to the rise of the Antichrist.
As Jeffress gathers headlines from media online and offline, a couple biblical scholars have weighed in on the controversial claim.
For whom did Jesus die? For the sins of the entire humanity or only for the elect? This was the topic of a live debate between Messianic Jewish apologist Dr. Michael L. Brown and Alpha and Omega Ministries Director Dr. James White on RevelationTV.com Friday evening.
The issue boils down to what the intention of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit was in Christ going to the cross, said White, who heads the Phoenix, Ariz.-based evangelical Reformed Christian apologetics organization, as the debate began Friday at 9 p.m. EST.
"Jesus' death on the cross was a covenantal death," White said. "God deals with His people in the form of a covenant, and the new covenant was established in the blood of Jesus Christ. ... That has a specific audience, and a specific perfecting effect for those for whom it is made. Specifically, Jesus Christ died in behalf of His elect people and that in so doing He procured eternal redemption in their place." more >>