Thousands of mourners gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday for the funeral of Democratic State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, pastor of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, as President Barack Obama delivered an impassioned eulogy for the respected leader he remembered as "a man of God who lived by faith."
Charleston AME Church Holds Bible Study for Crowd of 100 in Basement Where 9 Christians Were Killed: 'This Territory Belongs to God,' Says Pastor Norvel Goff Sr.
After last Wednesday night's Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston ended with nine people losing their lives in a violent act of racial hatred, over 100 worshipers gathered in the very same room just one week later to continue the church's Wednesday night tradition.
Cosmetic surgery procedures are on the rise across the United States, with an estimated 15.6 million procedures in 2014, a 3 percent increase from the previous year. While it remains unknown what percentage of Christians make up the millions undergoing these vanity procedures each year, believers who've suffered from botched surgeries are now declaring the practice sinful, but not everyone agrees.
Boston marathon bomber Dzokhkar Tsarnaev broke his silence and offered prayers and an apology to his victims just moments before receiving the death sentence on Wednesday. Many of the victims and their family members, however, were not moved to forgive Tsarnaev after hearing him speak for the first time.
'Every Business Should Be Gay Friendly,' Says Franklin Graham in Response to Critics of His Wells Fargo Boycott
Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to critics of his decision to discontinue business with Wells Fargo following the bank's TV ad featuring a same-sex couple.
Parents Television Council Calls on McDonald's to Stop Running Ads During 'Family Guy;' Says Show Humorizes Rape, Molestation
The family television advocacy group Parents Television Council is pressuring global fast food giant McDonald's to stop running ads that air during the Fox adult cartoon comedy series "Family Guy," a show which the organization claims trivializes sexual assault against children.
Charleston Shooting: Take Down Confederate Flag, Russell Moore Says; Lindsey Graham, Others Disagree
The fatal shooting of nine unarmed African Americans in a South Carolina church by a white assailant has reignited the debate whether the Confederate Battle flag is a symbol of Southern heritage or a relic of white supremacy. Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore is calling for the Confederate flag to be taken down, but South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is defending it.
Dylan Roof Confesses He Almost Did Not Follow Through With Massacre 'Because Everyone Was So Nice;' Victims' Families Offer Forgiveness
Lone gunman Dylan Roof, 21, who shot and killed nine Christians during a Bible study at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday, purportedly boasted to friends about his plans to "kill a bunch of people," but later confessed to police he "almost didn't go through with it because everyone was so nice to him."
Lone Message on Dylann Roof's Facebook Calls on Killer to Give His Heart to Jesus: 'He Is the Only One Who Can Save Your Soul'
In the wake 21-year-old Dylan Roof being identified as the gunman who killed nine worshipers at a historic black church in South Carolina Wednesday night, a 30-year-old gospel musician posted a message on Roof's since-deleted Facebook page encouraging him to seek salvation in Jesus Christ.
A high school teacher who holds a religious objector status to paying union dues has filed a complaint against a Pennsylvania union demanding a freer hand as to where she can donate her dues.
Donations Pour in to Help Families of Charleston Massacre Victims Cover Funeral Costs; Boeing Pledges $100K
Donations are reportedly pouring in to help families of the victims of the deadly Charleston church massacre cover funeral costs, and aerospace company Boeing is among the big donors with a pledge to give as much as $100,000.
'Repent, Give your Life to Christ;' Relatives of Charleston Church Massacre Victims Forgive Dylann Roof at Bond Hearing
Grieving relatives of the nine worshipers gunned down at a Bible study in the basement of a South Carolina church Wednesday painfully forgave the confessed gunman, Dylann Roof, and urged him to "repent" during his bond hearing Friday. Judge James Gosnell set his bond at $1 million and he remained in custody late Friday afternoon.
Another man in the tri-state area with alleged ties to terrorist group ISIS was arrested during a raid of his New Jersey home on Thursday, and he's accused of conspiring with at least one of the other men apprehended in New York City this week in the same investigation.
Charleston Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Captured; Pastor, State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Remembered for Commitment to Faith
The pastor of a South Carolina church who was gunned down during a shooting massacre Wednesday night is being remembered by loved ones and colleagues for his commitment to faith and his dedication to spreading the Gospel. The shooting suspect has been identified by police as 21-year-old Dylann Storm Roof of the Columbia area and reports claim he's now in police custody.
The largest Protestant denomination in the United States has passed a resolution stating that marriage is between one man and one woman regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court concludes later this month.
Baptist Scholar Says Mormonism Is Evolving Toward Becoming Christian Denomination With 'Biblical,' 'Evangelical' View of 'Christ and Salvation'
A Baptist theologian, who's spent years studying the works of leading Mormon scholars, said he has noticed a shift in "Mormonism" that can potentially lead to the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints one day being viewed as a Christian denomination, much like what occurred in the evolution of the Worldwide Church of God.
Real estate mogul and reality star Donald Trump became the 12th candidate to jump into the growing pool of 2016 Republican presidential candidates Tuesday when he declared in a 45-minute speech that he wants to be in the White House and promised that he "will be the greatest jobs president God ever created."
Christians Must Stand Their Ground, 'Disobey' Unjust Laws Limiting Religious Freedom, Says Matt Staver in Kick-Off to 4-Day Future Conference
As the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision looms this month, Liberty Counsel Chairman Matt Staver and subpoenaed Houston pastor Steven Riggle said Sunday that Christians and churches should stand their ground and defy "unjust" laws that restrict religious freedoms.
Ohio Grocery Store Pulls 'Sweet Baby Jesus' Beer From Store Shelves Amid Complaints Over Name Describing Chocolate-Peanut Butter Brew
An Ohio-based grocery store chain has decided to pull a beer named "Sweet Baby Jesus" off the shelves amid customers' complaints and has no plans to restock the brew.
Fallen Tree Branch Kills Son of Wesleyan Christian Academy Principal on Jamaica Trip; School Chaplain Sustains Serious Injuries
Lee Rickman, the 24-year-old son of Wesleyan Christian Academy High School Principal Tim Rickman, died tragically Saturday after he was hit by a fallen tree branch during a mission trip on the Caribbean island of Jamaica.
An Army spokeswoman said a chaplain with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment has violated military rules by appearing in uniform in a video to promote his book, Jesus Was an Airborne Ranger, which has now been taken down by the book publisher.
Over 70 Christian Education Leaders Send Letter to Congress Urging Protection From Potential Pro-Gay Supreme Court Ruling
More than 70 leaders in the Christian education field signed onto letters sent to Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., last week advocating for legislation that will protect Christian institutions from from being punished by the government for upholding biblical views on marriage.
The U.S. Supreme Court struck down four state constitutional amendments defining marriage as between one man and one woman in a landmark decision.
Robert Jeffress: Supreme Court Has 'Declared Open Season' on Christians Who Oppose Same-Sex Marriage
Commenting on Friday's landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage a constitutional right, outspoken megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said he believes the court's decision has further "emboldened" and "equipped" liberals to take legal action against Christians who resist same-sex marriage.
President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the South Carolina state senator killed during a Bible study last week at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, and at the conclusion of his remarks, sang the negro spiritual "Amazing Grace."
Ken Ham Criticizes Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' for Likely Evolution Themes; Says There's 'Plenty of Evidence' Dinosaurs and Man Lived Together
Creation Museum CEO and President Ken Ham has spoken out against the upcoming Disney Pixar film "The Good Dinosaur," which he said is likely to have evolution themes. Ham also said that even though some find the idea "ridiculous," there is "plenty of evidence" to show that dinosaurs and man once lived together.
Coalition of African-American Pastors Threaten Civil Disobedience If Supreme Court Passes Gay Marriage Law
A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a ruling on the matter expected this month.
A new Public Religion Research Institute/Religion News Survey poll has found that while the majority of Americans believe that God has granted the U.S. a "special role" in human history, there's a large disagreement among age groups on whether being a Christian is important for national identity.
Franklin Graham: It's Time for the Confederate Flag to Be Taken Down, 'Set Aside as Part of Our History'
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham has joined the growing chorus of voices calling for Southern states to put the Confederate flag to rest and leave it in the history books.
'Small Miracle:' Cal State Re-Recognizes InterVarsity as Official Student Group After Stripping Ministry's Recognition for Requiring Leaders to Be Christian
After being officially de-recognized by America's largest university system because it required its student leaders to be professing Christians, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is once again a recognized student group in the California State University system after conversations between the two sides has led to a mutual "understanding."
Christian Activist Who Created Traditional Marriage Pledge Signed by Over 50,000 Americans Says He 'Will Burn' Before Accepting Gay Marriage
Former Baptist pastor and creator of the pro-traditional marriage petition known as the Pledge in Solidarity to Defend Marriage, which was signed by more than 50,000 Americans, said last Tuesday that he's willing to "burn" before accepting gay marriage.
100 Evangelical and Catholic US Leaders Insist Christians Have 'Moral Obligation' to Fight Climate Change, Call It Pro-Life Issue
Close to 100 evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders in the U.S. have united in a message calling on Christians to act on their "moral obligation" to fight climate change, which they also called a pro-life issue, following on Pope Francis' environmental encyclical released last week.
Ken Ham: Bible Teaches Humans Are One Race — There Are No 'Black' and 'White' People, in Response to Charleston Church Shooting
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to the shooting last week that killed nine people at a Charleston church Bible study by claiming that the Bible teaches humans are one race, and there is no such thing as black or white people.
Texas Christian Woman Fined Up to $2k for Feeding Homeless in Park; Argues It's Her Religious Freedom
A Christian woman from Texas, who has been feeding the hungry for a decade, is going to court later this month for legal recognition of the practice as part of her religious freedom. Institutional Religious Freedom Alliance has highlighted her case, saying the scope of religious freedom is far bigger than the issues of same-sex marriage and abortion.
'Grandson' Who Stabbed Virginia Pastor and Wife in Their Sleep Arrested; Couple Making Slow Recovery
Max Chisholm, the 21-year-old Virginia man who allegedly stabbed a pastor and his wife who took him into their home and treated him like a "grandson," was arrested by local police last week after a two-day manhunt. The pastor, Hugh Mayes, is recovering in a hospital while his wife, Carol, was treated and released into the care of her family.
Christian Leaders Respond to 'Literally Satanic' Shooting at Charleston Church; 4,000 Residents Gather for Vigil
Christian leaders and organizations condemned the killing of nine African-American men and women at the Bible study of a Charleston church this week, acknowledging the "sin of racism" in America, even as more than 4,000 residents and leaders of different faiths came together for a vigil in the shaken city.
The Christian owners of a gift shop and bistro in Iowa, who were earlier charged with discrimination and had to pay for a settlement after refusing to hold a same-sex wedding at the venue, say they are now having to close down their business completely.
The Chobani yogurt brand released a 30-second commercial this week that features a lesbian couple naked in bed together as part of its seven-part "Love This Life" campaign, which is being protested against by One Million Mom's for it's attempt to "normalize sin" in ads that are expected to run during children's programming.
Pages from a copy of the first Bible to be published on a printing press might fetch well over $500,000 at an auction held in New York Friday morning.
Bishop E.W. Jackson Calls on Pastors to Bear Arms, Protect Their Flock Amid Fatal Shooting at Historic Charleston Church
The tragic shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Wednesday night that killed nine people at a Bible study has prompted one pastor to encourage clergy around the country to arm themselves for protection.