The Roman Catholic Church in Germany elected on Wednesday a new leader in Munich, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who has reportedly challenged the Vatican on major doctrine, such as divorce and sacraments, and is a close aid of Pope Francis.
Reuters reported that 60-year-old Marx, along with many in the German Church, have called for Vatican doctrinal reform to allow remarried and divorced Catholics to be readmitted to the sacraments.
Marx apparently clashed in 2013 with Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Vatican's doctrinal chief, after the latter criticized the diocese of Freiburg for suggesting that people who have remarried could be allowed to receive the sacraments, which goes against the Catechism of the Catholic Church. more >>
With church attendance dropping and the youth losing interest in faith, leaders from all over the world are scrambling to find ways to better engage those who are disillusioned. British-born ministry 3DM proposes an interesting solution to that very problem and already saw great success in the European Union, planting over 500 churches in just five years.
Last month The Christian Post attended a Discipleship and Missions Workshop in Foxboro, Mass. held by the innovative ministry. The event basically functioned as a preview for those in the New England area interested in what it had to offer that could help their ailing congregations. 3DM aims to reshape church culture to something that closely resembles the 1st-century church by returning it to an extended family model.
The ministry uses its own tools and language to do so. More about its Huddles, Missional Communities and Shape Language can be read about in Part 1 and Part 2. The Christian Post had the opportunity to sit and speak with 3DM Central members Eric Pfeiffer and Kristine Blaess. Here's what they had to say about the way we do church, and if their tools could help to keep people inside and outside the faith engaged with the body. more >>
The Swedish Evangelical Alliance has responded to former megachurch leader Ulf Ekman's decision to convert to Roman Catholicism, praising him for all his efforts in bringing the Word of God to Swedes and people around the world, but also highlighting the "crucial dividing lines" between Catholics and Evangelicals that can not be ignored.
"Ulf Ekman, despite all the controversies along the way, is undoubtedly the most dynamic and influential Christian leader we have had in Sweden during the past half century. His international significance goes far beyond what most Swedes understand; countless people around the world thank God for the ministry of Ulf Ekman," Stefan Gustavsson, general secretary of the Swedish Evangelical Alliance, stated, as reported by IRD President Mark Tooley on Tuesday.
"In other matters, there are crucial dividing lines which can't be avoided," he added. more >>
A New York pastor's rifle raffle is causing contention and controversy in the upstate New York community in which he lives. Pastor John Koletas of Troy's Grace Baptist Church is giving away a free modified AR-15 to a congregant that attends their service March 23, he announced Thursday.
The New York Pastor's rifle raffle was created to support the right to bear arms as protected by the 2nd Amendment, gun owners and hunters whom Rev. Koletas believes have been unfairly maligned by the media.
"We're honoring gun owners and hunters," Koletas told the New York Daily News. "And we're being a blessing and a help to people who have been attacked, viciously attacked, by socialists and anti-Christian people— the politicians and the media." more >>
"Preachers Daughters," is back for a second season on Lifetime with two new families and more drama that will surely shock many critics with excessive drinking, cursing, smoking, partying and coming to Jesus moments all packed into one hour episodes.
However, the preachers and their daughters featured on the docu-soap insist that the series is not coming back for another season in order to shame the church, but to help people. While the Coleman and Koloff families are back for another season, the Perrys will not return, which the show's executive producer Adam Reed explained was a decision made by the production staff and network.
While Reed told The Christian Post that the production team and the network, "collectively felt that a lot of (the Perry family's) story had been told" last season, the Elliott and Cassidy families have come onto the show promising viewers a new perspective from preachers' daughters. more >>
While affirming traditional marriage, Pope Francis said the Roman Catholic Church may be open to supporting certain cases of civil unions, particularly when it involves benefits such as healthcare. He made the comments in an extensive new interview with an Italian newspaper on Wednesday.
"Matrimony is between a man and a woman," the pope said in an article by the Corriere della Sera, translated by Catholic News Service, but added that "diverse situations of cohabitation [are] driven by the need to regulate economic aspects among persons, as for instance to assure medical care."
"It is necessary to look at the diverse cases and evaluate them in their variety," the Vatican leader added. more >>