The Texas Supreme Court has decided that a property dispute between the Episcopal Church and a breakaway diocese leadership should be reheard at the lower court level.
The Court ruled in a five to four decision last Friday that the case should be sent back down to a lower court for reconsideration. Given that in the initial lower court ruling the Episcopal Church was declared the rightful owner of the property, many TEC leaders expressed "disappointment."
The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., recognized by TEC as the bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, wrote in a pastoral letter that the "continuing Episcopalians" should persevere. more >>
The head of one of the largest Pentecostal denominations in North America has denied a news report that the practice of speaking in tongues has been declining among Pentecostal churches.
Dr. George O. Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, told The Christian Post that a recent Associated Press story on the decline of speaking in tongues was "totally inaccurate." "The practice of speaking in tongues is very integral to who we are. It was one of the generating factors 99 years ago in our being formed and it's still the encouragement for every believer to speak in tongues," said Wood.<
"Of course not everyone who is attending Assemblies of God church does speak in tongues, but this is who we are." more >>
Award-winning Christian music artist Toby McKeehan, better known as TobyMac, paid tribute to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this past week. He visited the school where he graduated in 1988, shot some hoops, hooked up with some old friends, and thanked his alma mater for promoting his upcoming tour.
"It's an honor for me," TobyMac said about his partnership with the school in a statement. He described it as "pivotal in my life … it offered me a foundation for my spiritual life and for some of my friends that I have done my whole life with."
The singer started his first band, DC Talk, at Liberty with two of his college pals in 1987. Along with Newsboys current vocalist, Michael Tait, and Audio Adrenaline current vocalist, Kevin Max, TobyMac made albums that mixed genres such as hip-hop, soul, and gospel. Before the band's breakup in 2000, they even experimented with grunge and alternative. more >>
Eighteen Christian artists and bands, including TobyMac, MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman, and the Newsboys, will rock the "Night of Joy" concert at Orlando's Walt Disney World next weekend, while 17 more – including Lecrae, Relient K, and Switchfoot – will jam out at nearby Universal Studios Orlando.
"This is our 31st year to host Disney's Night of Joy at Walt Disney World," Disney's Public Relations Manager, Charles Stovall, told the Tampa Tribune. Disney has "put together a stellar lineup of Christian music and Disney fun for this year," he added.
"Night of Joy" concerts will dominate three Disney World stages – Cinderella Castle Forecourt, Galaxy, and Rockettower Plaza. On the evening of Sept. 6, the concert will feature Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith, Mercy Me, Skillet, and Audio Adrenaline, among others. more >>
Editors' Note: In a season where every day seems to bring a new assault on traditional Biblical views, there are nonetheless a whole new generation of young pastors preaching orthodox biblical Christianity and seeing their churches grow exponentially because of it. The Christian Post has picked but a few of scores of pastors enjoying the favor of God in this way, in an effort to find out what about the Gospel resonates in today's generation.
Pastors interviewed are under 40, most, but not all, in urban settings and are attracting Christians over a wide age spectrum, including millennials and Generations X and Y. These pastors uphold traditional biblical views of family and morality, yet attract young people and are gaining national reputations.
Today we spotlight David Platt, 34, pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Ala., where up to 4,500 people attend on any given Sunday. Platt has authored several books, including "Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God," and "Follow Me: A Call to Die, A Call to Live." He is also the founder of Radical, a resource ministry, dedicated to serving the church by "making disciples of all nations." Platt is a nationally renowned speaker often requested at leadership and conference events. more >>
As many Christian ministers look to reach out to groups not usually found in church, one Episcopal priest in Maryland has focused on seeking the lost among the biker community.
The Rev. Steve McCarty, vicar at St. Andrew's Church in Clear Springs, has been holding monthly mass for motorcyclists since June 2012.
McCarty, a Harley Davidson rider himself, told The Christian Post that his interest in outreach to this community stems in part from his own connections. more >>