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  • Turkey releases pastor Andrew Brunson!

    10/12/2018 7:03:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 92 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/12/2018 | by Joel Gehrke
    American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was swept up in a wave of arrests in the wake a failed coup attempt in Turkey, was released on Friday, easing a major controversy between the United States and the NATO ally. A judge ordered Brunson's release as part of a reported deal in which President Trump will “ease economic pressure” on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s country. Turkey is not dropping the case against Brunson. The prosecutor “demanded up to 10 years in prison for terror charges,” a pro-government outlet reported, but Brunson will be allowed to leave the country. “The Second High Criminal...
  • BREAKING: White House Reaches Deal With Turkey to Free Jailed US Pastor Andrew Brunson

    10/11/2018 4:39:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Faithwire.com ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Dan Andros
    Finally, after an excruciatingly long wait of almost two years, it appears the incarceration of United States pastor Andrew Brunson will finally come to an end. According to NBC News, the White House has brokered a deal to secure Brunson’s freedom: The White House expects North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson to be released by the Turkish government and returned to the U.S. in the coming days, two years after he was detained, according to two senior administration officials and another person briefed on the matter. Under an agreement senior Trump administration officials recently reached with Turkey, Brunson is supposed to...
  • How Do Christians Fit Into The Two-Party System? They Don’t

    10/01/2018 9:11:48 AM PDT · by DeweyCA · 43 replies
    New York Times ^ | 9-29-18 | Tim Keller
    What should the role of Christians in politics be? More people than ever are asking that question. Christians cannot pretend they can transcend politics and simply “preach the Gospel.” Those who avoid all political discussions and engagement are essentially casting a vote for the social status quo. (Skip) Nevertheless, while believers can register under a party affiliation and be active in politics, they should not identify the Christian church or faith with a political party as the only Christian one. (Skip) One is that it gives those considering the Christian faith the strong impression that to be converted, they need...
  • Mega-pastor smears God of the Jews

    09/25/2018 10:56:13 AM PDT · by OddLane · 65 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | September 24, 2018 | WND
    Despite the fact that God expresses His love for the righteous throughout the Old Testament – Jew and gentile alike – in a new book, one of America’s biggest mega-pastors claims the Hebrew Scriptures portray Him as “unapproachable,” living behind a curtain with love reserved only “for His covenant people,” suggesting He is a different deity than the one portrayed in the New Testament. It’s the latest shocking suggestion from Andy Stanley, whose suburban Atlanta congregation exceed 34,000 attendees and a national following. He writes in “Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed on the World,” released last week, that...
  • Shepherds Surrendering the Vote to the Sons of Disobedience

    09/08/2018 1:14:19 PM PDT · by Virginia Christian Alliance · 4 replies
    Virginia Christian Alliance ^ | September 5th 2018 | Rev. William Cook
    Rev. William Cook Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience.Ephesians 2:2 For the past four weeks, I have been working on behalf of Ryan McAdams, a pastor and the leader of the Virginia Prayer Caucus, who has been called of God to run for Congress in Virginia’s Fourth Congressional District. My focus has been on encouraging fellow pastors to show the brief video, “What Difference Does [One Vote] Make?” (video below) to their congregations...
  • Aretha Franklin funeral eulogy slammed; pastor stands firm

    09/03/2018 5:14:42 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 64 replies
    AP and Yahoo News ^ | 2 Sep 18 | JONATHAN LANDRUM Jr.
    A fiery, old-school pastor who is under fire for saying black America is losing "its soul" at Aretha Franklin's funeral stands firm by his words with the hope critics can understand his perspective. Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday he felt his sermon was appropriate at Franklin's funeral Friday in Detroit. He felt his timing was right, especially after other speakers spoke on the civil rights movement and President Donald Trump. "I was trying to show that the movement now is moving and should move in a different direction," he said. "......
  • Ping prayer Teams - 1 million views of President Trump asking for prayer for during meeting

    08/09/2018 7:33:44 PM PDT · by JohnThree3to16 · 20 replies
    Powerful prayer in the middle of a meeting President Trump asks for prayer from a pastor before beginning a sensitive subject. Whether you are a believer or not there is no doubting the genuine prayer
  • Willow Creek Elders and Pastor Heather Larson Resign over Bill Hybels

    08/09/2018 1:38:31 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 04 Aug 2018 | Bob Smietana
    In the summer of 2008, Bill Hybels stood in front of thousands of pastors and other church leaders gathered at Willow Creek Community Church and admitted his megachurch had failed. “We made a mistake,” he told the crowd gathered for the 2008 Global Leadership Summit (GLS). A detailed Willow study had found that the church had helped many people find new faith in Jesus, but had failed to teach them how to practice the spiritual disciplines needed to grow their faith. He vowed the megachurch would do be better in the future. Ten years later, Willow Creek’s leaders confessed even...
  • Pastor Andy Stanley on Why He Quit Saying 'The Bible Says' While Still Loving the Bible

    07/03/2018 10:30:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    North Point Community Church Senior Pastor Andy Stanley recently explained to popular radio host and Messianic Jewish author Michael Brown why he's quit using the term "the Bible says." In an episode of Brown's podcast "Line of Fire" that aired Monday afternoon, Stanley explained why, although he considers the Good Book inerrant, the term "the Bible says" doesn't work with those he's trying to evangelize. "Once upon a time that was very effective in our country. Those days are long gone. But unfortunately, church leaders still want to leverage 'the Bible says,' which is great for people who take the...
  • Jesus Alone, Is the head of the Church...but he delegates his authority to men

    And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church,(Ephesians 1:22) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. (Ephesians 5:23) But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.1 Corinthians 11:3) He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the...
  • Candles in Thursday evening’s ‘Reclaim Jesus’ White House March Destined to Sputter Out

    05/22/2018 7:47:43 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/22/18 | Judi McLeod
    So is the ‘Reclaiming Jesus Campaign’ really about religion or hate-inspired politics? A group of pious pastors are marching on the White House Thursday evening to “Reclaim Jesus from President Trump”. They will rally with lighted candles on White House grounds claiming that “America First is heresy against Christ.” But wait a minute, isn’t it the job of sincere, ordained pastors to bring souls to Jesus, rather than to go about reclaiming them?
  • Will Cupich “Accompany” Reluctantly Divorced Spouses?

    04/25/2018 7:17:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Rush Insitute ^ | March 19, 2018 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    Cardinal Cupich has been holding seminars on implementing Amoris Laetitia. These “New Momentum Conferences” will “provide formative pastoral programs.” I wonder whether these seminars will include anything for reluctantly divorced persons. No one else seems to be doing anything for abandoned spouses. Perhaps Cardinal Cupich and his friends will step up to the plate.The public, including many Catholics, has the impression that no-fault divorce allows two sensible and mature adult people to agree to end their marriage. We imagine that the state must not interfere in this mutual decision. No one should cry over the spilt milk of a “dead...
  • Where does a pastor get his authority?

    01/07/2018 1:17:40 PM PST · by tiredofallofit · 501 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 1/7/2018 | Robert Messner
    But that chain of authority is often not so clear in the church world, especially amongst non-denominational evangelicals. If a man or woman steps up behind a pulpit and speaks to us authoritatively on matters of theology, why do we automatically accept this authority? Is it because we like what we hear? Or do we validate the authority because the pastor’s interpretation of the Bible jives with our own understanding? But who are we to even make that judgement? Why is our interpretation of the Bible any better than the person sitting next to us on the pew? And if...
  • Progressive Evangelical Pastor Says He Shouldn't Have Imposed His Pro-LGBT Announcement on Church

    11/22/2017 6:10:34 AM PST · by Gamecock · 61 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Nov 17, 2017 | Michael Gryboski
    A progressive evangelical pastor whose 2015 pro-gay marriage announcement led to a steep decline in his church's membership now says that he believes he should have given his church more input on the announcement than he did. Pastor Stan Mitchell, founder and head of the Nashville area-based GracePointe Church, garnered national headlines in early 2015 when he said that his church would support and recognize gay marriages. Since the announcement, GracePointe has seen a steep decline in worship attendance, membership and financial giving. In an interview with The Christian Post on Thursday, Mitchell explained that he felt his position of...
  • 3 Ohio pastors facing life in prison; indicted for trafficking young girls for sex

    11/19/2017 10:07:40 AM PST · by Eddie01 · 33 replies
    Cleveland News 19 ^ | Nov. 17, 2017 | Staff
    <p>TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex.</p> <p>A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, of Cleveland, the Rev. Anthony Haynes and the Rev. Kenneth Butler on conspiracy to sex traffic children.</p>
  • 3 Ohio pastors indicted on child sex trafficking conspiracy

    11/15/2017 6:20:19 AM PST · by Morgana · 38 replies
    WOWK 13 NEWS ^ | Nov. 15, 2017 | WOWK
    TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A third Ohio pastor has been indicted on sex trafficking charges, and prosecutors say all three men worked together to entice underage girls with money in exchange for sex. A federal grand jury in Toledo has indicted the Rev. Cordell Jenkins, the Rev. Anthony Haynes and the Rev. Kenneth Butler on conspiracy to sex traffic children. All three men pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
  • 50 pastors sign letter of support for Roy Moore

    11/13/2017 2:39:49 PM PST · by ForYourChildren · 17 replies
    AL.com ^ | 11/13/2017 | Leada Gore
    Kayla Moore, wife of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, shared a letter on Facebook over the weekend indicating support from more than 50 Alabama pastors. Not all the pastors said they gave permission for their name to be be used, however. Moore's wife Kayla posted the letter to her Facebook page Sunday after days of controversy surrounding her husband and allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old in 1979 when he was 32-years-old. Three other women said Moore pursued them as teenagers. The letter was posted before a fifth woman, Beverly Young Nelson, came forward with additional charges Monday....
  • Cleric Alleges Cameroon Bishop Killed for Resisting Gay Priests

    08/05/2017 6:52:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/5/17 | Ngala Killian Chimtom
    At a memorial Mass this week for a Cameroon bishop who died under mysterious circumstances, a cleric who's taken over as the administrator of the diocese charged that the authors of the murder were in the church, "pretending to sympathize," and that the bishop died for standing up against gays in the priesthood.YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Ever since the body of Bishop Jean Marie Benoit Bala of Bafia, Cameroon, was discovered in a local river about four miles from where his car had been abandoned, questions have abounded about his death - was it suicide, as the police allege, or a...
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Housing Allowance for Clergy

    10/10/2017 6:26:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/9/17 | AP
    A housing benefit that saves clergy $800 million a year in taxes has been deemed unconstitutional by a federal judge. Under the law, housing allowances paid as part of clergy salary can be subtracted from their taxable income. Religious freedom advocates fear the ruling could force many churches in poor areas to close.MADISON, Wisconsin - A federal judge in Wisconsin has struck down as unconstitutional a law that gives clergy tax-free housing allowances, in a ruling that could have far-reaching ramifications for religious leaders, who could be facing new taxes which will threaten their ministry. Under the federal law passed...
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee descendant leaves pulpit after backlash

    09/05/2017 4:28:13 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 53 replies
    CNN ^ | September 5, 2017 | Eliott C. McLaughlin
    A descendant of Gen. Robert E. Lee has stepped down as pastor of his North Carolina church after facing blowback from parishioners and others for his comments denouncing racism and lauding the Black Lives Matter movement. As a minister and newspaper columnist, Robert W. Lee IV, the fourth great-nephew of the Confederate general, has spoken and written countless words, but the five sentences he uttered during MTV's Video Music Awards last week were just too much for some members of his congregation. ... Lee, who was pastor at Bethany United Church of Christ in Winston-Salem, has long supported removing monuments...