First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, a 2,600-member Pennsylvania congregation, may depart from Presbyterian Church (USA) over the denomination's increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
In June, First Presbyterian's leadership decided to begin the process of discernment to possibly seek dismissal from PC(USA).
In a letter sent out to members on June 16, the Session for First Presbyterian explained the decision to begin the discernment process, with leadership supporting dismissal from the Mainline denomination in a vote of 19-1. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian church in Florida, has said in a message to his supporters that although many Christian leaders often disappear when they fall from grace, he believes the Gospel message allows him to be seen at his "most embarrassing worst."
"What typically happens when a Christian leader falls is that they disappear and only reappear when they're strong and shiny again. No one ever sees them in their broken and weakened condition. When we do this, we send the message that Christianity is only for good and strong and clean people," Tchividjian said in a Facebook post.
"But believe it or not, Christianity is not about good people getting better. It is, rather, good news for bad people coping with their failure to be good. The message of the Christian faith is that because Jesus was strong for us we are free to be weak," he added. more >>
Speaking from the text of an imprisoned Paul and Silas in Acts 16, Russell Moore addressed how Christians should engage culture without losing the Gospel witness.
Moore, who spoke at the ERLC National Conference in Nashville Wednesday, emphasized that the Apostle Paul provided plenty of clues on how to operate in a hostile world. He declared that Paul refused to leave under command of the Roman authorities at Philippi for the sake of the Gospel and not merely individual wants, desires, or personal advancement.
"What we have seen in American society is that the illusion of a Christian majority is gone. An illusion that never measured up to reality as defined by the Scriptures," declared Moore. He stressed that churches in America now have to "articulate things they used to assume." more >>
Prominent evangelical Christian leader John Piper has suggested that God allowed Mars Hill Church to collapse as a "tactical defeat" in the overall war between good and evil.
Mars Hill was an influential multi-site megachurch that officially dissolved at the end of 2014 amid controversies surrounding its founder and lead pastor, Mark Driscoll, over alleged plaigarism of books and his admitted "divisive" leadrship style.
Piper, author at DesiringGod.com and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis, Minnesota, explained in a podcast last Friday that God was like a general. more >>
Evangelical pastors who lead churches in cities known for their strong support of homosexuality have stressed the need to preach the Gospel lovingly toward the LGBT community.
At an event held Wednesday evening organized by the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, two pastors spoke about what it's like to serve at churches located in regions of the country known for advocating the LGBT agenda.
Matt Carter, pastor at Austin Stone Community Church, which hosted the ERLC event, told those gathered that watering down the Gospel is not the answer. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the United States, says churches should not abandon the debate on gay marriage and overall sexual ethics.
Speaking at an event in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, Moore asserted that "to capitulate on those issues" on sexual ethics "is not an option for a Gospel people."
"There are some people in our context right now who because these issues of sexuality and the sexual revolution are so controversial and so often confused, where people will often say to those who hold to even the most basic definition of a Christian sexual ethic 'you're a bigot,' the proper response is to simply be silent," said Moore. more >>