The largest Presbyterian Church (USA) congregation in Texas has voted to leave the mainline denomination over theological differences.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which has approximately 4,000 members, overwhelmingly approved a resolution recently that would involve the congregation terminating its voluntary affiliation with the PC (USA).
Eighty-nine percent of the members present at the Congregational and Corporate Meeting held at the church voted in favor of leaving PC (USA). more >>
Halloween is a holiday known for its haunted houses, costume parties, kids trick-or-treating, and various scary imagery on screens big and small. The final day of October is also a time associated with darker ideas, like the Occult, witchcraft, and other unexplained phenomenon.
Many of these images dominate movies and television programs during late October, showcasing to mainstream America spiritual notions known as the "paranormal." According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, when something is paranormal it is "very strange and not able to be explained by what scientists know about nature and the world." The term involves a fairly diverse group of activities and entities, including the Occult, psychics, spirits, and other supernatural phenomenon.
So, should Christians believe in paranormal activity? more >>
The highest court in the United Methodist Church has ruled that a Texas bishop must deliver a ruling on the eligibility of a lesbian candidate for ordination.
The United Methodist Judicial Council decided that Bishop James Dorff of the UMC Southwest Texas Conference must issue a ruling on whether the Conference's board of ordained ministry acted properly in the removal of Mary Ann Kaiser.
Dorff must respond within 60 days of being notified of the decision, the UMJC stated in its ruling of the case regarding the Southwest Texas Conference Saturday. more >>
In an upcoming broadcast of the OWN network's "Super Soul Sunday," bestselling and controversial author Rob Bell talks with Oprah Winfrey about his latest book, What We Talk About When We Talk About God, and why "it may be the most rational move" to acknowledge that there is a God.
Bell, founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Mich., tells Winfrey in a preview clip of the Nov. 3 airing of "Super Soul Sunday" that it is okay to be open. Apparently speaking directly to "all the really smart, studied people who've been to the T.E.D. Conference and have iPhones," Bell said, "It's not crazy to actually acknowledge that there's a God."
Watch the minute-long video excerpt of Bell's talk with Winfrey, in which the influential Christian minister briefly touches on the positive and negative aspects of the Enlightenment era's emphasis on skepticism and rationalism. more >>
NEW YORK -- The president of messianic Jewish group Chosen People Ministries has urged Jewish people to accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah at a conference earlier in October exploring recent Middle East events and Biblical prophecy.
"I believe that Jewish people need to consciously accept Jesus as their Messiah in order to have a place in the world to come," Dr. Mitch Glaser said in his address at Calvary Baptist Church.
"The saving faith grows out of a spirit enlightened understanding of the gospel," he continued. "Often times when I speak about a glorious future for Israel and for the Jewish people, some people misunderstand that, and think that you can have that future without the king – you can't. Yeshua is the key to everything." more >>
Editor's Note: Part of S. A. Tower's Christian testimony includes the fact that she is a former initiated witch, practicing for more than a decade. Her powerful testimony and insightful revelations in the spiritual realm can be read in her book, "Taken From The Night - A Witch's Encounter With God." Below is the first of a three-part series on her observations about Halloween.
It's that time of year again. There's a chill in the air that warrants wrapping up in a sweater, colorful leaves that once cloaked the trees now carpet the sidewalk and crunch beneath your feet.
Neighborhood homes are decorated with pumpkins, bales of hay and yellow mums. Corn stalks and scarecrows hug the porch columns as the squirrel scampers off with a cheek full of Indian corn. Down the street, a horse drawn carriage complete with a coffin has become the focal point of a neighbor's front yard guarded by enormous blow-up gargoyles. more >>