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 >>
Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz was featured on Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show" on Thursday, where he debated the compatibility of religion and science with famous astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
While partly a comedic segment, the two offered their views on whether scientific discoveries harm religious belief, with Lentz stating that religious people shouldn't be afraid of science.
While praising the Republican presidential frontrunner for his work in medicine, former NBA basketball star Kareem Abdul Jabbar slammed Dr. Ben Carson for "perpetuating a racial stereotype" of "clinging to superstitions or religion."
"Carson perpetuates the black stereotype of someone who's too confused or frightened by all that complicated science so he or she ignores it, clinging to superstitions or religion," Abdul-Jabbar claimed in a Time magazine column Wednesday.
The NBA hall of famer and Muslim convert challenged Carson on issues such as climate change, human sexuality, economics, poverty, and called his decision to run for president "bad for African-Americans." more >>
It can be the hardest thing for a person to do in response to one who has wronged them. And has been referred to in poetry as being divine.
Forgiveness is something integral to the Christian religion, as believers are supposed to forgive each other as God forgives us.
Is it not always easy. In fact, it can be very hard to put forth the effort to move past a wrong committed against oneself. more >>