A United Church of Canada minister who is also a self-avowed atheist will remain ordained while the denomination continues its process of possibly defrocking her.
The Rev. Gretta Vosper, an openly atheist minister, is presently undergoing an investigation by the Church to determine if she can remain an ordained clergy or will be put on the UCC's Discontinued Service List (Disciplinary), which is tantamount to being defrocked.
In keeping with a recommendation from a Church committee, the sub-Executive of Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada announced on Thursday that the General Council will hold a formal hearing on Vosper. more >>
Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall says the band hopes their new album, The Very Next Thing, will encourage Christians to step out of their comfort zone and seek God's plan for their life.
When talking about the title track of the album, Hall said just as the Bible does in Scripture, the band also wants to remind people that there is a next step for everyone.
"All through Scripture we see that all of us believers are in a different stage of next, there's a next step for us, and that's something that we ought to be doing. We're a great generation which is great in many ways, but it's lazy in many ways too," Hall told The Christian Post. more >>
A pastor in South Africa has reportedly hanged himself after he accidentally sent pictures of his genitals to his church's WhatsApp group chat along with a message indicating that he was looking to cheat on his wife.
According to the South African news website Live Monitor, Pastor Letsego of Christ Embassy church in Limpopo recently intended to send pictures of his genital along with the caption "Wife is away, it's all yours tonight" to his mistress. The problem was that he sent the nude pictures and incriminating caption to members of his church instead.
After realizing that he had made an embarrassing mistake, the pastor left the group chat and became unreachable for congregants of the church to express their shock and anger over the pictures and message. more >>
America won't be saved by a "political awakening," said Pastor Ronnie Floyd, who was among over 40 Christian leaders that came together at The Gathering to pray for a spiritual transformation in the nation.
"Many of us, as believers, at times if we're not careful, we're more committed to some kind of political awakening," said Floyd at the solemn assembly hosted by Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, Wednesday night.
"That's not the answer to this nation. The answer to the nation is the next great awakening with the Holy Spirit of God. And He wakes up the Church and He shakes the Church," added Floyd, who's the senior pastor of Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention. more >>
Israel Houghton had quite the rough ride in the media this year after announcing his divorce to his long-time wife and then months later his engagement to new girlfriend Adrienne Bailon. The popular worship leader is now back out ministering and many Christian music supporters welcomed him back as he led a song last week at Code Orange Revival sponsored by Elevation Church in North Carolina.
"It was such an honor joining with the @elevationworship team tonight at@elevationchurch for #codeorangerevival singing one of my favorite songs 'O Come To The Altar' Such a great refreshing couple days here. Thank you@stevenfurtick for being my friend," Houghton wrote on Instagram.
VidAngel, a company that enables the filtering of adult content from TV and movies, is facing a lawsuit from some of the biggest names in film: the Walt Disney Company, Lucasfilms, 20th Century Fox, and Warner Bros. The four industry giants claim that the video streaming service is infringing on its copyrighted material.
According to the lawsuit, Disney and the plaintiffs are suing for copyright infringement and for violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The plaintiffs also contend that the Utah-based movie filtering service does not have authorization to use its films and has failed to pay for the licensing of titles.
The irony is that VidAngel, a company intending to help families filter unwanted content, is being sued by Disney, a film and TV entity known to produce some of the more family-friendly material. more >>