Christianity was launched and set ablaze by the fire of Pentecost, and then sustained by the ever-present power of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Acts describes four major components of life together in the early church: "They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42)
And Acts 20:7 states, "On the first day of the week we came together to break bread." more >>
Speaking to Roda Viva television in Brazil, author and social critic Camille Paglia criticized transgenderism, specifically the availability and popularity of sex-reassignment surgery.
"I think that the transgender propagandists make wildly inflated claims about the multiplicity of gender," Paglia asserted.
The lead pastor of a United Church of Christ in Massachusetts describes what happened when a Christian man disrupted its annual "Drag Gospel Festival" event held to raise money for assisting LGBT asylum seekers in the U.S. and whose promotional poster carried a 12th century icon of Jesus Christ "digitally enhanced" with makeup and earrings.
The festival, as this church describes, is "a Mardi Gras atmosphere, a chance to bend gender, which society is beginning to understand is so far beyond binary, and a chance for children and adults to be who they really are from the inside out." The church's website says: "God is GOOD all the time! That means God is a DIVA… and girl… Jesus is FIERCE!"
The United Methodist bishops in Africa this week released a statement urging all bishops of their denomination to uphold the church's teachings on marriage and sexuality, saying they are "deeply saddened" that the Bible and the Methodist Book of Discipline are being ignored by some clergy.
"We are deeply saddened that the Holy Bible, our primary authority for faith and the practice of Christian living, and our Book of Discipline are being grossly ignored by some members and leaders of our Church in favor of social and cultural practices that have no scriptural basis for acceptance in Christian worship and conduct," the bishops said in a statement released this week at the Council of Bishops' fall retreat in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina.
"We support laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman," the United Methodist Church says. "The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching." more >>
Leaders of the nation's two largest Baptist denominations gathered in Mississippi for a summit centered on racial unity and reconciliation.
Sponsored by Mission Mississippi, the Wednesday event featured Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd and National Baptist Convention, USA President Jerry Young.
As the seventh film in the popular science-fiction series "Star Wars" is set to premiere next month, First United Presbyterian Church in Wisconsin is preparing to host an event weeks earlier to explore what's common between Christianity and the film. Atheists are welcome, the church says.
The De Pere church will host "Star Wars: Faith & The Force" on Nov. 14, about a month before "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" premieres Dec. 18, according to the church's website.
"Today's culture produces many challenges for children and families. Come and discover how Christianity and Star Wars share similar strategies in helping young people discover, connect, and abide in God and the Force," the church says. more >>