Denomination excommunicates congregation for promoting homosexuality

The denomination known as the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), made up of 875 churches in the U.S. and 300,000 members, has one less congregation on their roster as of Friday, June 28. Last year the denomination handed down a disciplinary action for the First Covenant Church (FCC) in Minneapolis, urging them to replace their pastor,... Continue Reading →

Majority of US pastors see increased giving

The boost in the economy is having a ripple effect on giving to churches, according to LifeWay Research who just released results on a survey of 1,000 Protestant pastors they conducted between August 29 and September 11. Executive director of LifeWay, Scott McConnell, says the full results for financial gifts to church as a result... Continue Reading →

Guilty as charged: Australian archbishop convicted of sex abuse cover-up

South Australia's highest ranking Catholic official was convicted by a judge May 22, 2018 for covering up sexual abuse of altar boys in the 1970s. Magistrate Robert Stone of the Newcastle Local Court handed down the guilty verdict of Philip Wilson. The judge found the testimony of a former altar boy who had been abused... Continue Reading →

Ohio pastors reap economic benefits after a letter blessing Israel

In January 2017, over 100 pastors in North Central Ohio got together to send a letter of apology to the government of Israel for the way the Obama administration treated them and denounced the Obama administration's various betrayals of Israel, including at the UN. They also reassured Israel of their steadfast support of the Jewish... Continue Reading →

Evangelical pastor in India shot dead outside his church by Hindus

As Pastor Sultan Masih was preparing to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the church he co-founded in Salem Tabre, Ludhiana, in India, a phone call lured him outside the church at about 8:45 pm Saturday night, July 15, where two youths believed to be Hindu shot him as they passed by on a motorcycle. CCTV... Continue Reading →

President Trump, Vice President Pence urge release of US pastor jailed in Turkey

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and other evangelical human rights groups started asking Donald Trump shortly after he was elected to approach Turkey to ask President Erdogan to release American pastor Andrew Brunson. In the months following an attempted coup against Erdogan, Brunson--who was in Turkey strictly to carry out Christian missionary... Continue Reading →

Prosperity pastor Kong Hee & partners in crime get reduced sentences

Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of Singapore and his five cohorts who were found guilty in 2015 of conspiring to misappropriate (steal) $50 million from City Harvest Church have had their sentences reduced. A three-judge appellate court panel handed down the reduced sentences on Friday, April 7, approximately 7 months after the defendants presented arguments in September... Continue Reading →

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