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  • Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey Law or Face Prison

    04/09/2015 1:18:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 74 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 2015-04-09 | Michael W. Chapman
    FULL TITLE: Rev. Cruz: If Gay Marriage is ‘Civil Right,’ Gov’t Will Force Pastors to Obey ‘Unjust’ Law or ‘Obey God and Face Prison’ If gay marriage is legally viewed as a “civil rights issue,” as may happen with the Supreme Court’s ruling on the subject in June, then it becomes a broader religious liberty concern, not just a marriage issue, said Reverend Rafael Cruz, adding that then pastors will have to choose between obeying an “unjust” law and obeying God and potentially going to prison. Pastor Cruz, who is the father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), made his remarks...
  • Funeral for Robert H. Schuller To Be Held at Former Crystal Cathedral, Now Owned by Catholic Diocese

    04/08/2015 6:27:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/7/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created. While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be used for the famous televangelist's funeral. Carol Schuller-Milner, daughter of the former "Hour of Power" host and head of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, announced the details last weekend. "A funeral service for Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20 at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove," noted...
  • Rev. Robert H. Schuller, Crystal Cathedral and "Hour of Power Founder, Has Died

    04/02/2015 2:44:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/02/2015 | Nicola Menzie
    Just hours after his former church congregation issued a call for prayer for his health, family members of the influential Rev. Robert H. Schuller has announced his death at the age of 88.The Associated Press reported via Twitter just at 10:23 a.m. ET that Carol Schuller Milner, Schuller's daughter, had reported his death.Schuller's grandson, who has been leading the church founded by former members of the Crystal Cathedral congregation since 2013, confirmed his passing via Twitter, writing: "My Grandfather Robert H. Schuller passed this morning into eternal life with Christ."Schuller, who lost his wife, Arvella Schuller, in Feb. 2014, passed away...
  • Robert Schuller dies at 88, but his legacy of false teachings lives on...[2 Peter 2:1]

    04/02/2015 11:56:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 138 replies
    Free Republic | 4/2/2015 | Jan Sobieski
    2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. I am sad at the news of fellow Iowan Dr. Robert Schuller and pray for the comfort of the Lord on his family. However, I am very concerned for his soul. Dr. Robert Schuller was a prolific false teacher whose errant teachings destroyed thousands, if not millions (especially old ladies who could not drive to church who clung to...
  • Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral megachurch founder, dies

    ARTESIA, Calif. (AP) — The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early Thursday at a care facility in Artesia, daughter Carol Schuller Milner said. He was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer in 2013. Schuller, who preached in a flowing purple robe and outsized aviator glasses, led an evangelical Protestant ministry that was a product of modern technology. He and his late wife, Arvella,...
  • How Pastor Creflo Dollar Manipulates A Lower-Class Community Into Giving Him Millions

    03/19/2015 8:14:44 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Patheos ^ | March 15, 2015 | Peter Mosley
    The headlines were surprising. Creflo Dollar (yes, that’s his real name), a pastor at World Changers Church International headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, actually had the nerve to ask his congregation and watchers, nationwide, of his program on the Internet, to replace his broken-down private jet with a state of the art model. And the plane Dollar requested, the Gulfstream G650, is not just your run-of-the-mill private jet. It’s, according to a quote on the Gulfstream website, “The biggest, fastest, most luxurious, longest range and most technologically advanced jet — by far — that Gulfstream has ever built.” Indeed, its writeup...
  • IRS Agents Pretend to be Clergymen to Spy in Churches

    03/18/2015 4:46:00 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 17 replies
    No, the title of this article is not hyperbole and yes, the title is accurate. The IRS sometimes has their agents pose as clergymen to deceive church parishioners in attempts to gain information from them surreptitiously. I kid you not. Reverend Patrick Mahoney is the Director for the Christian Defense Coalition and he told the Christian Post that, “It is an absolute disgrace that IRS undercover agents can pose as members of the clergy. It is the role of government to protect religious freedom and the First Amendment, and not to use it to gather information and spy on American...
  • Daughter of former Obama pastor sent to jail in money laundering case (Jeri Wright)

    02/23/2015 2:52:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2/23/15 | Ray Long
    The daughter of Jeremiah Wright, the former pastor to President Barack Obama, was sent to jail Monday by a federal judge who revoked her bond in a money laundering case. Jeri Wright, 49, of Hazel Crest, was convicted last March of money laundering and lying to a grand jury in a case tied to a state grant. Her father was not involved in the case. Federal prosecutors sought to revoke her bond, alleging that she had participated in a ghost payrolling scheme at a private company in Indiana following her conviction. She has not been charged based on those ghost...
  • Sermon from Ellin Jimmerson: 'Joe Arpiao should lose his job'

    02/11/2015 11:50:43 AM PST · by VaeVictis · 15 replies
    Weatherly Heights Baptist Church ^ | July 6, 2014 | Dr. Ellin Jimmerson
    This sermon is titled "What really happen in the Garden of Eden". This is from the female pastor that is conducting gay marriages in Alabama. She uses this sermon talk about the idea of shame and guilt. She states almost every racist slur that exists. Then she moves onto politics from page 4 an on. She compares the incidents at Abu-Ghraib to Joe Arpiao: "Arizona's Sheriff Joe Arpaio forcing his male prisoners to wear pink underwear and swelter in tents. How does one recover from being treated that way? More to the point, isn't there something fundamentally wrong with Lynndie...
  • West Virginia Woman, 19, Charged In Murder of Elderly Pastor

    02/11/2015 12:32:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 14 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 1.10.2015 | nbc
    A West Virginia woman arrested in a bizarre home invasion Sunday night is also accused of murdering a 69-year-old pastor over the weekend, police said. Camille Brown, 19, was charged Monday with first-degree murder. She was already jailed for breaking and entering and disorderly conduct, said Beckley police Detective Morgan Bragg. He said Brown lived about a half-mile away from the home of victim Ronald Browning, a hospital chaplain, but did not know him. "I would have to say this is one of the most disturbing cases I've seen," Bragg told NBC News. "We've yet to determine a true logical...
  • ''The Drop Box': Heart-Wrenching Film About a South Korean Pastor Who Saves Abandoned Babies

    02/08/2015 8:23:47 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    The Gospel Herald ^ | 2/2/15 | Leah Marieann Klett
    The heart-wrenching yet inspiring story of Jong-rak Lee, a pastor who has made his life's mission to save abandoned babies left on the streets of Seoul, South Korea, is coming to theaters on March 3rd by way of a Focus on the Family documentary titled The Drop Box. Since 2009, Pastor Lee has taken society's most vulnerable members--unwanted babies--into his home through a "Drop Box," where the infants could be dropped off rather than left on the streets to die. The Drop Box is equipped with lights and a heater and reads in Korean, "Please don't throw away unwanted or...
  • Megachurch Pastor Ed Young to Baptize Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey;'

    02/05/2015 2:20:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/5/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Full Title: Megachurch Pastor Ed Young to Baptize Copies of 'Fifty Shades of Grey;' Calls Book a 'Perverted Attempt to Trap Readers' ______________________________________________ Just over a week before the steamy "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie opens on Valentine's weekend, controversial founding pastor of the popular Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, Ed Young, says he will baptize copies of the book on which the movie is based, calling it a "perverted attempt to trap readers." "There is a cultural epidemic out there that is wrapped up in complete fantasy. The book, Fifty Shades of Grey, is a perverted attempt to trap...
  • Pastor Brags About Punching a Bright Kid in the Chest Because He Didn’t Take the Lord Seriously

    01/11/2015 11:22:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 15 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 10, 2015 | Hemant Mehta
    ***Update***: The man in the video appears to be Pastor Eric Dammann of Bible Baptist Church in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. I’ve sent him an email requesting more information about why he punched a child. (Via Christian Nightmares and @StickyPkls) … In this clip from a sermon, a Christian pastor explains how he walked up to a smart-aleck kid who wasn’t “taking the Lord serious”… and punched him in the chest. Because that’s how you’re supposed to win converts for Jesus. VIDEO ON LINK
  • Pastor shoots employee in gunfight at Kissimmee church

    12/31/2014 6:27:24 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 30, 2014 | Henry Pierson Curtis
    The pastor of a Kissimmee church shot and critically wounded an employee Tuesday morning in a shootout after he notified the man he was being fired, according to the Osceola County Sheriff's Office.The shooting shortly after 8 a.m. was witnessed by other church workers at Living Water Fellowship on Pleasant Hill Road, said sheriff's spokeswoman Twis Lizasuain.Benjamin Parangan Jr., a member of the maintenance crew for at least eight years, allegedly opened fire when he was told he no longer had a job, Lizasuain said.
  • Dallas Pastor Urges Black Megachurches to Fight Sprawling Planned Parenthood....

    12/30/2014 6:50:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    CHRISTIAN POST ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    FULL TITLE: Dallas Pastor Urges Black Megachurches to Fight Sprawling Planned Parenthood Complex With 8 Foot Concrete Wall Stephen Broden, pro-life activist and pastor of the Fair Park Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, is urging black megachurches to join him in protesting a sprawling 17,000 square-foot Planned Parenthood abortion center with an 8-foot concrete wall he believes was intentionally placed in their predominantly black neighborhood. "Planned Parenthood has built a wall to shield their clients from the presence of God's prayer warriors who pray to end abortion at one of Texas' largest abortion facilities. This death trap is located...
  • Ex-Pastor Who Took Yearlong Break From Faith Asks 'Why Do I Need Religion to Love?'

    12/23/2014 3:57:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/23/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Ryan Bell, an ex-pastor who quit his faith in God for a year following his resignation from the Hollywood Adventist Church and a divorce from his wife of 17 years, is set to decide New Year's Day whether he will remain a believer or become an atheist. While he has distanced himself from zealous atheists, Bell expressed a desire to be "good" without submitting to boundaries. Nearing the end of his yearlong embrace of non-theism, Bell told the LA Times that leaving the faith has allowed him to see "both sides of the coin." The former Fuller Seminary and Azusa...
  • Pastor Dresses Horse in Wedding Dress to Protest Same-Sex Marriage (Mississippi)

    12/13/2014 7:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    WJTV-TV ^ | December 12, 2014 | Danielle Avitable
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)It's not something you see every day, a horse in a wedding dress standing outside the federal courthouse. "I thought it was laughable and I believe he was going for a ridiculous protest and he certainly got one," says Eddie Outlaw, LGBT advocate. Reverend Edward James of Bertha Chapel Missionary Baptist Church dressed his horse, Charlotte, in a makeshift wedding dress to protest same-sex marriage. "The horse is to show the ridiculous idea of two men getting married," says James. James says after a federal decision was made in November to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in the state,...
  • Pastor Kept Woman as Sex Slave for Years, Forced Her to Have an Abortion

    12/13/2014 9:19:39 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Life News ^ | 12/12/14 | Steven Ertelt
    A pastor in England faced a hearing in court in which he is accused of keeping a woman as a sex slave and forcing her to have an abortion. While abortion is legalized in many nations under the auspices of a “right to choose,” the reality is that a large percentage of women who get abortions are forced, pressured or coerced into getting them. In this case, Gilbert Deya, 61, who runs a ministry outfit named after himself, is charged with four counts of rape, one of attempted rape, two of sexual assault and one of battery. His church reportedly...
  • This Pastor, Father of Four Adopted Children, is Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    12/11/2014 8:23:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/11/14 | Kelsey Harkness
    For 36 years, Jim Garlow didn’t know his first adopted child was the result of a rape. But after his wife Carol lost a six-year battle with cancer last year, their daughter, Janie, went in search of her birth mother. In succeeding, Janie also discovered the horrific circumstances of her own conception. The story spurs Jim Garlow, a pastor in California, to fight a state mandate that his church’s employee health plan pay for elective abortions. When Janie’s birth mother was a freshman in high school, two senior boys asked her to go to the movies. Instead, they took her...
  • Pro-choice Pastor Roger Paynter on abortion and “God’s will”

    12/07/2014 9:40:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 24, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Pro-choice Pastor Roger Paynter, in a sermon to his congregation: “… Abortion is not the automatic breaking of God’s will… In general, we should say that God is against the ending of all life, but that in some tragic circumstances, he understands – even allows – and certainly forgives the choices we have to make.” Robert M Baird and Stuart E Rosenbaum, editors The Ethics of Abortion, 3rd edition (Amherst, New York: Prometheus books, 2001) 236
  • Homosexuals File Complaint Against Minister for Not ‘Marrying’ Them

    11/19/2014 10:32:49 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 96 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | November 19, 2014 | Heather Clark
    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Two homosexual men in North Carolina have filed a complaint against their United Methodist minister for refusing to “marry” them, stating that he has failed “to perform the work of the ministry.” Scott Chappell and Kenneth Barner, who attend Green Street United Methodist Church in Winson-Salem, filed the complaint with the Western North Carolina Office of the United Methodist Church late last month, charging their leader, Kelly Carpenter (male), with discrimination. “On October 26, 2014, we asked Carpenter to officiate at our wedding and he has refused to do so, citing church rules from the United Methodist...
  • Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up?

    10/30/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by fishtank · 74 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10-28-14 | Jesse Broadt
    Will the real Joel Osteen please stand up? October 28, 2014 Joel Osteen, Pastor of the biggest congregation in America, Lakewood Church, appears to be an Obama fan, despite the fact that Obama's agenda goes against everything true Christians believe. Those of us who are intelligent and observant were not really surprised, as we have known for a long time that Osteen's “I'm okay, you're okay” milk toast sermons are far from Bible-based and do not reflect in any way the beliefs of his father, John Osteen, who started Lakewood Church and preached the uncompromising message of Christ for multiple...
  • Mark Driscoll, Top Megachurch Pastor, Resigns

    10/16/2014 8:51:32 AM PDT · by Cecily · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | October 16, 2014 | Daniel Burke
    Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high. His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team's top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson. But in a remarkably fast fall from grace, Driscoll resigned Tuesday as pastor of Mars Hill Church, a congregation he founded 18 years ago and turned into a force in the mostly secular Pacific Northwest. In a statement, Mars Hills' board of overseers said Driscoll hadn't committed any acts of "immorality, illegality or heresy" -- sins that have...
  • Pastors to mayor: Don’t mess with Texas pulpits

    10/15/2014 1:14:37 PM PDT · by dware · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.15.2014 | Todd Starnes
    Christians across the nation are mobilizing to defend a group of Houston pastors who were ordered by the city to turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity issues or Houston mayor. Their message is simple – Don’t Mess with Texas Preachers.
  • Lawsuit: Pastor knew he had AIDS, had affairs

    10/14/2014 6:03:16 PM PDT · by Robwin · 32 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | 10/14/2014 | PHILLIP RAWLS
    <p>MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland.</p> <p>But from the very pulpit where he preached about God's love and service to the community, he delivered some stunning revelations: He had had affairs with women in the parish — and neglected to tell them he had AIDS.</p>
  • If Your Pastor Has A $60k A Year Clothing Allowance, You Probably Should Leave That Church

    10/11/2014 9:11:03 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 10-12-2014 | Doug Giles
    Last Thursday evening I had my pastor over to Casa de Giles to enjoy one of my fine cigars with the family and me. During the course of catching up, I found out that several new families from a local South Florida mega-church had left that zoo and had joined our church. The reason why they said they absconded had me gobsmacked – and I’m a hard critter to shock. Having been in the ministry for twenty-five years, I’ve pretty much heard it all and have seen it all, but I wasn’t ready for this curve ball. This time it...
  • 10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor

    10/04/2014 6:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Church Leaders ^ | 10/02/2014 | by Ron Edmondson
    I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they knew to be right, but it landed them in disaster. A pastor friend of mine said recently, “We need healthy churches and we need healthy pastors.” Amen. Agreed. We must stand guard. What are we guarding against? No single post would be perfect. Obviously sin, but I can’t address everything that gets in the way of a healthy pastor. I can only...
  • Virginia students prove why love is the best response to hate (Beck doesn't like 'homophobes')

    09/17/2014 6:09:03 PM PDT · by Viennacon · 40 replies
    Glenn Beck.com ^ | Sep 17, 2014 | Glenn Beck
    Earlier this month, a preacher delivering a homophobic sermon set up camp outside the Carrier Library at James Madison University in Virginia. According to reports, the radical preacher was telling gay individuals they were going to hell, in addition to telling students who identified as Christians they too were headed “straight to hell” for living a life of sin. Instead of reciprocating with hateful rhetoric, however, JMU students responded in an admirable way. As the preacher rages on, one student began to play the guitar while others sang the hymn “How He Loves.” “This is the way you handle it,”...
  • Former NC pastor gets at least 16 months for molesting boys

    09/02/2014 3:35:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    myfox8 ^ | staff
    CONCORD, N.C. — A former Concord youth pastor was sentenced to at least 16 months in prison after pleading guilty to molesting young boys in his care. WECT-TV reported that Robert Price pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a child.
  • Pastor Mark Driscoll's books withdrawn from 180 Christian stores

    08/13/2014 8:34:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    la times ^ | Carolyn Kellogg
    ooks by megachurch Pastor Mark Driscoll have been pulled from 180 Christian stores. LifeWay stores have temporarily suspended sales of his books, including "A Call to Resurgence" and "Real Marriage." "LifeWay Stores and LifeWay.com are not selling Mark Driscoll's books while we assess the situation regarding his ministry," the company said in a statement. lRelated Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had Jacket Copy Lauren Bacall on writing: The most complete experience I've ever had See all related 8 Driscoll founded Seattle's Mars Hill Church in 1996; it has grown to a reported 13,000 attendees and...
  • Hope Carpenter Repents, Apologizes to SC Megachurch...

    08/04/2014 2:45:13 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Jul 30, 2014&#8206; | Nicola Menzie
    Full Title: Hope Carpenter Repents, Apologizes to SC Megachurch for First Time Since Husband Ron Carpenter Revealed Marital Woes _____________________ Hope Hilley Carpenter, wife of Pastor Ron Carpenter, has addressed for the very first time their marital woes that were made public last year before the congregation she and her husband founded over 20 years ago. Mrs. Carpenter repented and apologized to members of Redemption World Outreach Center, but did not cite the specific sins or behavior she regards as stumbling blocks to her husband, family and church community. This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter took a few minutes before his...
  • ‘Rock star’ pastors lose luster

    08/02/2014 9:03:42 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 41 replies
    TomKrattenmaker.com ^ | August 1, 2014 | Tom Krattenmaker
    It’s not easy being a celebrity pastor these days with that pesky Internet around. Consider the struggles of Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Faced with mounting accusations circulating online — plagiarism, misusing church funds to prop book sales, silencing anyone in his church with the temerity to question him — Driscoll has urged his followers to stay off the Web. “It’s all shenanigans anyway,” he explains. Steven Furtick, a megachurch pastor in North Carolina, and Dave Ramsey, an evangelical finance guru, have been taking hits, too, as have the wheeler-dealers on the Preachers of L.A. reality show....
  • Update: Sex Offender Turned Pastor Arrested for Parole Violations

    07/31/2014 7:10:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    arkansas matters ^ | Marci Manley
    LITTLE ROCK, AR - According to the Little Rock Police Department, Jacob J. Taylor was arrested for parole violations. Additional investigations have been started. We will bring you updates as they become available to us. video on link
  • Duane Youngblood: Pastor Who Wrote Book About Overcoming Homosexuality Arrested For molesting...

    07/19/2014 6:09:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    inquistir ^ | staff
    FULL TITLE: Duane Youngblood: Pastor Who Wrote Book About Overcoming Homosexuality Arrested For Molesting Teen Boy Duane Youngblood once wrote a book about how he was able to de-convert from homosexuality, but police say the Pittsburgh pastor was actually sexually abusing a teenage boy over the course of several years. Youngblood, who leads the Higher Call World Outreach Church, was arrested this week and charged with corrupting a minor. The boy, who has since turned 21, told police that Youngblood abused him over the course of nearly three years. The young man claimed that the sexual assaults took place inside...
  • Pastors’ Letter for Planned Parenthood: “God Bless You” as You Have an Abortion

    07/07/2014 10:04:49 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 41 replies
    Life News ^ | 7/7/14 | Carole Novielli
    We broke the news that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s top abortion provider had published a Pastoral Letter to Patients. The outrage of the pro-life community to this heretical letter was so great that the abortion giant pulled it off the Internet.Now I have discovered a 2nd letter called “Pastoral Letter About Your Abortion Decision”. The letter features Planned Parenthood’s RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS COMMITTEEReverend Debbie Pitney, Reverend Steve Carlson, Reverend Ken Henry, Reverend Ben Dake, Reverend Melanie Oommen, Reverend Gregory Flint, Reverend Danna Drum Hastings, Reverend Dan Bryant, Reverend Zane Wilson, Reverend Jonathan Weldon, Reverend Jan Fairchild, Reverend Bruce Cameron, and Rabbi...
  • Former thief finds forgiveness and new life as ordained pastor

    06/30/2014 1:50:58 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 25 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Dana Williamson
    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (BP) -- When George Aguilar broke into and vandalized a Baptist church, the last thing he expected to find was love and forgiveness. But that November night in 2004 changed the 20-year-old man's life forever. That year, Aguilar, a native of El Salvador -- who at age 10 came to live with his father in the U.S. as a legal resident -- found himself without a place to live. He moved in with some young men in Tulsa who were involved in stealing items and converting them to cash. An impressionable young man who lost his job...
  • So. Baptists Elect Arkansas Megachurch Pastor Ronnie Floyd as President

    06/10/2014 7:30:28 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/10/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    BALTIMORE, Md. – Southern Baptists elected Arkansas Pastor Ronnie Floyd on Tuesday to be the new president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. Floyd was elected by messengers during the Southern Baptist Convention's 2014 Annual Meeting, beating out SBC presidential nominees Dennis Manpoong Kim of Maryland and Jared Moore of Kentucky. Over 3,000 messengers voted and Floyd won on the first ballot, receiving 51.6 percent of the votes. Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of The Southern Baptist Theological seminary, had praised the Arkansas pastor, whom he nominated, as "dependable" and "faithful" and someone who will "lead all Southern Baptists...
  • Pastor arrested for killing 55-year-old father in fight while on ministry trip in Las Vegas

    06/08/2014 8:26:26 AM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    mail online ^ | Joshua Gardner
    A California youth pastor has been charged with murder after a fight with a Las Vegas man last year ultimately led to his death. Robert Cox of Manteca, California was just passing through Sin City last June when he stopped for a late dinner with his church group en route to Texas. There he encountered 55-year-old Link Ellingson. A scuffle broke out in which Cox pushed Ellingson over, causing him to hit his head. After a six-month coma, Ellingson died from brain hemorrhaging. Now, police are holding the beloved pastor responsible for his death even as members of his family...
  • JOEL OSTEEN & GAY MARRIAGE: ‘It’s Not Part of My Core Message’ (VIDEO)

    06/03/2014 7:29:34 PM PDT · by kingattax · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 3 June 2014
    During a conversation with Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen, HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill asked whether gay marriage is against the fundamental “rules” of Christianity. Osteen responds by talking about how he doesn’t like to focus on that.
  • Joel Osteen gets his own satellite radio channel

    06/03/2014 10:19:19 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    Fort Bend Herald ^ | 3 June 2014
    Texas pastor Joel Osteen is getting his own channel on SiriusXM satellite radio, which will air his sermon at Yankee Stadium this Saturday live nationally.
  • California Baptist Church Changes Views On Homosexuality After Pastor's Gay Son Comes Out

    06/02/2014 5:30:06 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 62 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 6-2-2014 | Antonia Blumberg
    A Baptist church in California has voted to welcome the gay community despite going against the Southern Baptist Convention's views on homosexuality. The New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, CA faced a difficult decision in early 2014 when lead pastor Danny Cortez told the congregation that his son, Drew, had come out -- and that he himself no longer agreed with the church's teachings on homosexuality.
  • How I Predict Divorce Based on the Wedding Cake

    05/30/2014 7:00:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 67 replies
    Kevin A. Thompson ^ | Apr 12, 2013 | Kevin A. Thompson
    As a pastor who regularly performs weddings, I can tell that some couples are more likely to divorce than others. It’s not most evident in pre-marital counseling or private comments made before the service. I can’t see it as the vows are said or rings exchanged. It’s not even in the kiss. As a pastor, I can predict the likelihood of divorce based on how the wedding cake is exchanged. I’ve been performing wedding ceremonies since I was 18. One of the first ceremonies I performed was pretty routine. Everything went without a hitch until it came time for the...
  • New Stanek poll: How often does your pastor preach against abortion?

    05/27/2014 9:14:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 34 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Jill Stanek
    I have a new poll question up: How often does your pastor preach against abortion annually? Most pro-lifers I know complain their pastor doesn’t talk about the abortion issue enough. So how often is that? Vote on the lower right side of the home page. (Is your pastor resistant? Have him/her read what Franklin Graham thinks.) In the last poll, 90% thought Emily Letts’ “abortion video” damaged the pro-abortion brand… Emily Letts poll - abortion video hurt pro-choice movement As always, make comments to either the previous or current poll here, not on the poll site.
  • Oklahoma Megachurch Founder Admits Infidelity, Resigns

    05/02/2014 6:08:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 48 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/2/2014 | Gina Meeks
    The Rev. Mark Crow, founder of the multisite Victory Church in Oklahoma, resigned Tuesday “after confessing to marital unfaithfulness,” said Executive Pastor Dale Swanson in a statement. “The Victory Church family and staff are praying for Mark, that the same grace we all experience and draw comfort from in our own spiritual journey, will be ever present in Mark’s transition to healing and wholeness,” Swanson continued. Crow, a televangelist who is well-known because of his connection to Oral Roberts University, founded Victory Church with his wife, Jennifer, in 1994. “Mark will be focusing his full attention on his personal relationship...
  • The Story of Alex Jones (Pastor and 50 former parishioners accepted into Catholic Church)

    03/20/2014 10:43:33 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/ ^ | August 14, 2010 | Stanley D. Williams
    Alex Jones, a successful Evangelical-Pentecostal Pastor in Detroit, struggled for years to understand Catholicism. Then he led over 50 members of his former Church into Roman Catholicism.
  • Greg Laurie on Why Bible Prophecy Makes No Mention of America (premillennial caucus)

    03/20/2014 8:01:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 234 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 15, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    Bible prophecy related to the end times mentions many nations, including Libya, Iran, Iraq Ethiopia, and possibly even China and Russia, but not the United States of America. In an article on his blog, Pastor Greg Laurie gives three plausible reasons for the nation's exclusion. "Where is the United States? Why are we not in the last-days scenario?" asks Laurie, pastor of Harvest Church in Riverside, Calif. One reason why the United States is not mentioned in Scripture is perhaps because the nation "might be devastated by a nuclear war," the pastor writes. "It is a horrible scenario and one...
  • Fred Phelps, former head of Westboro Baptist Church, died, family member says

    03/20/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 158 replies
    WIBW ^ | Mar 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member. Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight. Timothy Pheps works at the Shawnee Co. Jail. Ironically, another son who is a member of the church, attorney Jonathan Phelps told us Thursday morning, "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine." That, of course, could have been a spiritual reference. Over the weekend, we learned that Phelps was reportedly "on the edge of death." In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged...
  • Pastor dies after confessing infidelity to congregation

    03/16/2014 10:03:14 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 111 replies
    UPI ^ | March. 14, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    -snip- After telling the congregation at the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Bishop Bobby Davis died. "After the service on Sunday the bishop's family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago," church elder Judy Stovall told the Connecticut Post. "He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness." Before he died, church members were screaming at Davis to show him their support. "We were shouting, 'We forgive you, we love you,' but the stress of...
  • Fred Phelps, Westboro Pastor, Ex-communicated, "at death's door" (NOT SATIRE)

    03/16/2014 9:08:52 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 70 replies
    Patheos.com/The Friendly Atheist ^ | 3/15/14 | Hemat Mehta/Patheos
    You know Fred Phelps. You loathe Fred Phelps. You despise everything he stands for, like his family members’ infamous protests at soldiers’ funerals with their awful “God Hates Fags” signs. They’ve been a symbol for many years of the religion-based animosity against the LGBT community — to the point that they’ve been labeled a “hate group” and even the most fundamentalist Christian groups denounce his church’s activities.... /snip/... Tonight, on Facebook, Nate (one of Fred's sons, excommunicated from the church) posted this: I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was...
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. “on the edge of death,” son says

    03/16/2014 11:14:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 3/16/2014
    The estranged son of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church said his father is "on the edge of death." Fred Phelps Sr. became famous for organizing picket lines of brightly-colored signs carrying hateful messages against tolerance during the funerals of military personnel and famous figures. His actions led to at least two federal and several state laws restricting protests during military funerals. In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years, said the senior Phelps was dying in hospice care in Topeka, Kan., and that he had been ex-communicated...