Best-selling Pastor Is Off to L.A. to Write More books

GRANDVILLE, Mich. (RNS) Megachurch pastor Rob Bell, whose best-selling book raised evangelical eyebrows by questioning traditional beliefs on hell, knew it was time to address the “giant, glowing, loud” elephant in the room on Sunday (Sept. 25) morning. What’s going...

Black Baptists Decry Disrespect Directed at Obama

WASHINGTON (RNS) A black denomination that began 50 years ago in support of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. has decried the “disrespect” shown to President Obama since he took office. Citing slurs and remarks such as “you lie, “boy” and “tar baby,” the Progressive...

Head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference Dies

(RNS) The Rev. Howard Creecy Jr., a Baptist preacher chosen early this year as the new president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, died suddenly Thursday (July 28) at the age of 57. His death means the civil rights organization founded by the late Rev....

Pastors Lobby for Poor in Heated Deficit Talks

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 4,000 pastors told Congress that churches would not be able to fill the gap facing social service providers if deep cuts are made to the federal budget to bring the deficit under control. Christian leaders from across the country, led by...

Lesbian Minister to Face Methodist Church Trial

(RNS) United Methodists will begin a trial Tuesday (June 21) against a Wisconsin minister who’s accused of breaking church rules by celebrating a same-sex marriage and being in a lesbian relationship. The Rev. Amy DeLong, 44, of Osceola, Wis., could be defrocked if...