Concerns over theology and politics lead likely presidential candidate to back out of major Southern Baptist conference.
[ posted 4/24/2015 02:13PM ]
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Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon turned pundit, has backed out of plans to speak at a major gathering of evangelical pastors this summer.
Carson, who will likely run for president, had been scheduled to appear in June at the annual Southern Baptist Pastors Conference ...
Conservatives announce alternative to Mennonite Church USA: Evana.
[ posted 4/24/2015 11:01AM ]
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In a move reminiscent of the splintering of Presbyterians, Episcopalians, and Lutherans in America, a new network of churches is organizing itself as a conservative alternative to the Mennonite Church USA (MC USA).
This month, the group announced its name: Evana, a combination ...
Update: Faith Christian Church has resigned from ECFA.
[ posted 4/7/2015 10:00AM ]
Update (Apr. 8): Faith Christian Church, a controversial Arizona church accused by former members of being a cult, has resigned from the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA). The resignation was voluntary, according to the ECFA website.
The religious ...
(UPDATED) LifeWay responds to Southern Baptist resolution on 'the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife.'
[ posted 3/25/2015 10:45AM ]
Courtesy of LifeWay
NASHVILLE (BP) — LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife."
Majority of presbyteries vote to no longer limit marriage to a man and a woman.
[ posted 3/18/2015 04:03PM ]
The Presbyterian Church (USA) will now define marriage as a "unique commitment between two people," rather than a lifelong covenant between a man and a woman as an act of Christian discipleship.
Last June, the PC(USA) general assembly voted to change the language ...
Ten-year-old girl from Mosul becomes Christian broadcaster SAT-7’s most-watched interview ever.
[ posted 3/17/2015 10:44AM ]
Muhga Ghalab paused carefully as she spoke on the role of mothers in maintaining social cohesion.
“We must teach our children to love, but we are not doing so,” said the dean of Islamic Studies at al-Azhar University, one of the Muslim world's most respected ...
Author of seven books, she supported orientation change for gays and lesbians.
[ posted 2/20/2015 11:10AM ]
Courtesy, Baker Publishing
Leanne Payne, the author of seven books on pastoral care who held healing conferences in North America, Europe, and Australia, died on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18. She was 82.
Payne founded Pastoral Care Ministries (PCM) in the early 1980s, which held healing conferences at ...
(UPDATED) Here's what 409,000 people pledged to fast from for the next 40 days.
[ posted 2/17/2015 10:32AM ]
[Updated Feb. 23 with final total from Ash Wednesday week.]
Nearly one in five Americans observed Lent last year. This year, more than 400,000 tweeted about their fast.
Food and technology remained the most popular categories that tweeting Americans reported giving up ...
Diocese of South Carolina not required to give properties and name back to national Episcopal Church.
[ posted 2/5/2015 11:38AM ]
Courtesy of Diocese of South Carolina
In the "land and building wars" long fought within mainline denominations, the denomination usually wins. But this week, a South Carolina judge ruled that bishop Mark Lawrence and 36 South Carolina parishes had the right to leave The Episcopal Church in 2012 and ...
Call-to-prayer controversy at university chapel prompts debate over sharing sacred space.
[ posted 1/16/2015 04:06PM ]
Duke University’s reversal of today’s plan to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer from its historic chapel tower has reinvigorated a debate over shared worship space.
The Durham, North Carolina-based school had authorized Muslim students to recite the three-minute ...
(UPDATED) Alex Malarkey's mother, grandmother, and publisher weigh in on retraction of best-selling book; John MacArthur first raised concerns two years ago.
[ posted 1/15/2015 06:03PM ]
Update (Jan. 21): Tyndale House Publishers revealed more details today about the publishing and retraction of its bestselling The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, stating it was "saddened to hear that Alex [Malarkey] is now saying that he made up the story of dying and ...
World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.
[ posted 12/30/2014 06:00AM ]
Did you catch all of the most-read CT articles from 2014?
Here's a look back at what readers kept clicking:
20) The 160-Year Christian History Behind What's Happening in Ukraine
19) Fox News' Highly Reluctant Jesus Follower
Of all people surprised that I became ...
Here are the Christian conversion stories that CT readers shared most.
[ posted 12/29/2014 10:30AM ]
For two years now, CT has devoted a premium slot in its print magazine—the back page—to a compelling story of Christian conversion. Muslims and Mormons, football players and French atheists, even an alcoholic Baptist have all contributed to our Testimony series. ...
Did you catch all the religion news that CT readers found most interesting this year?
[ posted 12/22/2014 07:00AM ]
What do Mark Driscoll, Tim Keller, Meriam Ibrahim, and the KJV have in common? All were subjects of the most-read Gleanings posts of 2014.
Here are the top 20 stories that kept readers clicking:
20) How 727 Megachurches Spend Their Money
Leadership Network and Vanderbloemen ...
Magazine argues for splitting civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay examines which Americans agree.
[ posted 12/2/2014 07:19AM ]
Should pastors stop signing marriage certificates at the weddings they officiate? In response to same-sex marriage, should churches get out of the wedding business?
A prominent conservative Christian magazine, First Things, thinks so. As do the more than 300 pastors and ...