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Community Rallies Around Pastor Facing Deportation To Honduras

The Associated Press | KOURTNEY LIEPELT | Posted 03.09.2015 | Religion

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The wife of a longtime Iowa City pastor facing deportation to Honduras said Friday she is "devastated with this situation" b...

Don't Let Marriage Be a Four-Letter-Word

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 02.24.2015 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

As an ordained minister of a small Lutheran congregation, I am uniquely committed to the social and religious institution of marriage and the role it plays in raising children and in providing life-long companionship.

Baptist Minister In Hot Water Over Comments On Ten Commandments

USA Today / Religion News Service | Ron Barnett | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

GREENVILLE, S.C. (RNS) A Baptist minister is in hot water after preaching a sermon that called the Ten Commandments sayings or promises rather than ma...

The Army Chaplain Who Came Back From War And Lost His Faith

NPR | John Burnett | Posted 01.12.2015 | Religion

David Peters' life was supposed to be one continuous arc of piety and service. But for the U.S. Army chaplain, it's ended up a more circuitous rout...

Pastor Who Spent A Year Living Without God No Longer Believes

Religion News Service | Chris Stedman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion

(RNS) Ryan Bell — the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor who spent 2014 living as an atheist — is ready for his big reveal. After chronicling ...

Pastor Mark Driscoll Is Back With A Flashy New Website

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

UPDATE: Pastor Mark Driscoll's website was temporarily offline on Monday, December 29. It appeared to be working again Monday evening. Pastor Mark ...

A Word to White and Black Evangelicals in America

David Moore | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
David Moore

These marches are not only about recent cases. Some of us have been all too conscious of police abuse our entire lives, and it has been underway for generations. It's just that we have, as a country, come to a different place.

Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini Pens Heartbreaking Christmas Letter

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion

This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini has been separated from his family. Abedini, an American citizen, is currentlyservi...

Kansas Pastor Claims She's Received Death Threats For Officiating Same-Sex Weddings

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.14.2014 | Religion

A Kansas pastor is refusing to give in to hate. Rev. Jackie Carter, a pastor at First Metropolitan Community Church, claims she’s been getting de...

Pastor Spends 5 Days On Streets To Show Empathy For The Homeless Around Holidays

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact

Reverend Eric Johns just completed his "favorite week of the year," and it had nothing to do with stuffed turkeys or watching football. The Buffalo...

Michael Brown's Family Pastor Delivers Sermon Outside Charred Remains Of His Church

Washington Post | Wesley Lowery | Posted 12.01.2014 | Religion

He paced back and forth. He scurried between the front row of Sunday’s makeshift sanctuary. And then he made his way to the podium, propped in an au...

Bible-Based Campaign Aims to Pay-it-Forward This Holiday Season

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2015 | Good News
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Will you make a difference in someone's life this Thanksgiving weekend? Beyond the football, the turkey, family and friends, will you take the time to make someone's day?

'Is It Time To Separate Church And State Marriages?'

Religion News Service | Jonathan Merritt | Posted 12.02.2014 | Religion

(RNS) What’s the surest way conservative pastors can avoid any government mandate to perform same-sex marriages? According to one prominent religiou...

Former 'Angry Atheist' Steps In As Rector Of Houston Episcopal Church

Houston Chronicle | ALLAN TURNER | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

HOUSTON (AP) — As an electrical engineer and a self-professed "angry atheist," Clay Lein had no truck with religion. God, he was convinced, was fool...

Defrocked Mennonite Pastor Who Officiated Gay Son's Wedding: 'My Conscience Is Clear'

The Associated Press | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A retired Mennonite pastor from Pennsylvania who lost his credentials after officiating at his gay son's wedding says he hopes...

Florida Pastor Claims He's Broken Guinness World Record For Longest Speech

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.18.2014 | Religion

This fourth-generation preacher knows how to talk. Pastor Zach Zehnder, of The Cross Church in Mount Dora, Florida, claims he’s broken the Guinne...

Hollywood Pastor's 'World Adoption Day' Effort Gets A $4 Million Crowdfunded Boost

Forbes | Evan Kirkpatrick | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

The first ever “World Adoption Day” is set for November 9th, 2014. The brainchild of entrepreneurial pastor, Hank Fortener, the campaign also incl...

3 Important Lessons From the Mark Driscoll Affair

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 12.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

The board of a church or synagogue does not belong to its pastor or rabbi. It belongs to its members. It belongs to the community. Ultimately, it belongs to God.

Methodist Pastor Frank Schaefer Makes Final Appeal To Hold Onto Ordination

Reuters | BIANCA PHILLIPS | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - A U.S. pastor who was defrocked after officiating at his son's same-sex wedding ceremony, and later reinstated, made an appeal to hang ont...

A California Megachurch Pastor Is Raising Funds For The Homeless By Living On The Streets

Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 10.16.2014 | Religion

A California megachurch pastor is putting his faith to work by getting to know the often-forgotten members of his city. The Rev. Rick Cole, of Cap...

This Minister's Son Preached The Prosperity Gospel While Reportedly Running a Megachurch Ponzi Scheme

Vice | Grace Wyler | Posted 09.17.2014 | Religion

From the fake revelations of revivalist preacher Peter Popoff, to the 80s excess and false lashes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, to Greater Ministries ...

Poorer States Have Best Paid Megachurch Pastors

Religion News Service | Adelle M. Banks | Posted 09.09.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Large churches in the South tend to pay their senior pastors the highest salaries, a new survey finds. That’s one of the conclusions on chu...

Single Mother Clergy Affirm The Importance Of Family

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 08.03.2014 | Religion

(RNS) When Philadelphia’s St. Paul Baptist Church hired the Rev. Leslie Callahan as its first female pastor, in 2009, she was nearing her 40th birth...

Not Interfaith Marriage, Two-Faith Marriage

Abraham Gutman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Religion
Abraham Gutman

Many American Jewish leaders fear that interfaith relationships will be the downfall of the Jewish community. But from the perspective of a Jewish guy that fell in love with a Christian girl, my marriage is not the problem. The Jewish community is.

Al Mohler Is Right About One Thing When He Says, 'No Third Way!'

Ken Wilson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Religion
Ken Wilson

People who are gay come to churches as indivisible beings. Like the seamless garment of Jesus, they cannot be split into parts that can be included and other parts that can be excluded.