Nicola Menzie

Christian Post Reporter

Still Qualified to Lead? Ron Carpenter, Mired in Marital Woes, Refuses to Quit Pulpit; Pastor's Integrity '100 Percent Intact,' Says Spokesman

Ron Carpenter, senior pastor of the 19,000-member Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., revealed last October that his marriage has been rocked by his wife's infidelity for the past 10 years, and attributed the turmoil to her unspecified "sickness." Yet, Pastor Ron, as the RWOC family calls him, has no intention of stepping down from the pulpit, not even briefly, because "his integrity [is] 100 percent intact," according to the executive director of the megachurch.

Pastor Ron Carpenter, After Revealing Wife's Adultery and 'Sickness,' Says Bishop TD Jakes to Help Reconcile Marriage

Ron Carpenter, pastor of Redemption World Outreach Center (RWOC) in Greenville, S.C., told his congregation on Sunday that he would be attempting, with the help of Bishop T.D. Jakes, to reconcile his marriage with his wife Hope Carpenter, less than four months after revealing that she had committed adultery multiple times over the past 10 years and was voluntarily seeking psychiatric help.

Parents Sticking With Biblical Baby Names in 2014; Half of Americans Say 'Messiah' or 'Christ' Is OK

In 2014, parents will likely be sticking with the Bible for inspiration in finding suitable names for their babies and one social baby naming website, using data from 3,500 parents and 25,000 votes from their families and friends, is predicting that biblical names will be a hit in this year. Meanwhile, a separate survey reveals that many Americans agree that "Messiah" and "Christ" are acceptable baby names.

Playing Jesus: 7 Actors Who Have Portrayed Christ on Film

Jesus Christ, revered by billions around the globe as the Son of God and savior of the world, has been portrayed in film and on television for well over 100 years. Here are seven actors who have donned a beard and long robes to play the carpenter from Galilee and central figure of Christianity.

Billy Graham, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton 'Most Admired' Among Americans

The Rev. Billy Graham has been picked by Americans for the 57th time as one of their top 10 most admired men, according to Gallup's annual survey that asks respondents to name, in an open-ended format, the man and woman from anywhere around the world who they find most admirable. Leading both lists, however, were President Barack Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

Marvin Sapp Talks Keeping the 'Good News' in Gospel Music; Juggling Fatherhood and Ministry

Award-winning gospel recording artist Marvin Sapp's latest CD, a feel-good album titled Christmas Card, reminds listeners of the reason for the season and includes a "thank you" from the Sapp kids to all who have supported them since their mother's passing. Sapp recently spoke with The Christian Post about his new LP, celebrating the holidays without his late wife, and how he manages being a single dad, pastor, and recording artist.

Joel Osteen Talks Preaching Sin, Materialism, and Gay Marriage

Joel Osteen, megachurch pastor and New York Times best-selling author, was pressed during a recent interview about his stance on homosexuality and asked if he would ever come out in support of same-sex marriage. The Texas minister, who leads America's largest congregation, explained that he refuses to "harp" on such issues and was "for everybody."

Pastor Marvin Sapp Talks Mental Health 'Taboo,' How Wife Saved Him From Suicide Even After Her Death

Marvin Sapp, award-winning gospel artist and pastor, recently shared his heart on the spate of Christian ministers committing suicide and suggested that the issue of mental health was "taboo" in the urban community. The Michigan minister also revealed that if it were not for his late wife's expertise in and advocacy for psychological well-being, he also might have taken his own life three years ago.

Why Do Millions Flock to Joel Osteen's Ministry? Why Is Hillsong NYC a Hit With Superstars and Millennials?

Joel Osteen, known for his best-selling motivational books and "megawatt smile," and Carl Lentz, dubbed by Details magazine as an "apostle of cool," recently sat down with Katie Couric to discuss the "modern face of religion in America." While both Christian pastors are popular, their ministry styles certainly differ. So what is it that draws people by the thousands to their churches – and garners Osteen millions of viewers around the globe?

Nigerian Pastor Who Preaches With Armed Guards Rebuked for Saying 'Catholics Going to Hell,' Calling Pope 'Anti-Christ'

Nigerian televangelist and Pastor Chris Okotie stands by the inflammatory comments he made during a recent church service in which he claimed that "all Catholics will go to hell" and called the pope "an Anti-Christ', among other things. The controversial preacher's remarks were widely reported online by Nigerian media and swiftly rebuked by religious and nonreligious readers.

Billy Graham Near 'Going Home?' Franklin and Will Graham Give Grim Update on Evangelist's Health

Franklin Graham, son of the Rev. Billy Graham and president of his evangelistic association, gave an update on the minister's health to The Christian Post this week, stating that while the elder Graham was not in any immediate danger, a simple cold could turn the tide. Meanwhile, Will Graham, the elder evangelist's grandson, has said he believes the 95-year-old Southern Baptist preacher was ready to "go home" to be with the Lord.