A United Methodist Church pastor based in Texas will undergo an investigation for performing a same-sex marriage in defiance of the church body's law.
Bishop Michael McKee of the North Texas Annual Conference announced Monday that retired clergyman the Reverend Bill McElvaney would undergo a "supervisory process."
"Administrative and pastoral in nature, this process seeks a just resolution in which God's work of justice, reconciliation, and healing may be realized in the body of Christ," said McKee. "It is my prayer that our members, both clergy and laity, affirm the goals of this process with their prayers and respect for the confidential nature of this process which seeks reconciliation as its ultimate goal." more >>
Chloe Menager allegedly held her 1-year-old son underwater in the bathtub until he drowned in 2012. She has now been found guilty of his murder and faces a lifetime behind bars if a judge so decides. During the trial, Menager spoke of being tormented by demons, though she never said that was her reason for committing the murder.
Two years ago, Pablo Perez flagged down Dallas, Texas officers to get help for his son, who had drowned in the bathtub. When they arrived, they reportedly found Menager in wet, blood-stained clothes and crying into a cellphone.
"I'm sorry, I'm sorry, my baby," Menager said. more >>
Pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Ariz., is once again drawing the ire of women on the Internet for sharing his controversial brand of biblical advice. Women should remain quiet during teaching in the church, he says, and should refuse to say as much as "amen."
In a recent sermon clip from his church posted to YouTube on Sunday, Anderson declared from I Timothy 2:11: "Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection."
He then jumped over to I Corinthians chapter 14 and declared: "Let your women keep silent in the churches for it is not permitted unto them to speak. But they are commanded to be under obedience as also sayeth the law. And if they will learn anything let them ask their husbands at home for it is a shame for women to speak in the church." more >>
Bestselling author Donald Miller has written a blog post arguing that conservative theologians and pastors often use the term "heretic" to defend territories of thought rather than to prevent misguided interpretations of the Bible, and as a result many Christians have stopped thinking.
Those who believe in a literal interpretation of the Bible believe that God created everything in seven days, writes Miller, whose writings generally focus on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, meaning and the human struggle."
There are also conservative theologians who subscribe to a less literal interpretation of the first few chapters of Genesis, looking at it as a story, "a poetic grunt toward a God-created world, which would then jive with science and not make us all look so silly," he adds. But they choose not to speak up "for fear of being labeled a heretic." more >>
A Texas Presbyterian megachurch is asking for prayers as it readies for the trial date for its property lawsuit against the mainline Protestant denomination that its voted to disaffiliate from.
Highland Park Presbyterian Church of Dallas' sent out a statement requesting prayers as they neared the date for arguments in their lawsuit against Presbyterian Church (USA).
The letter sent to the congregation last week by Highland Park Presbyterian's leadership, or Session, outlines the events leading up to the fall trial. more >>
Jonathan Merritt released a column this week to "[set] the record straight on Jesus" and whether he was a friend of sinners without pre-conditions. His column was backed by influential pastor Andy Stanley.
"Got to go with @JonathanMerritt on this one," Pastor Stanley, founder of North Point Ministries in Atlanta, Ga., tweeted.
The senior columnist for Religion News Service was seeking to refute statements made by Calvinists earlier this year that Jesus only hung out with sinners who were seeking forgiveness or sinners who were "already followers." more >>