New PCA church seeking wanderers in Savannah

The Rev. Nicholas Batzig knows there are plenty of churches to choose from in the Coastal Empire. But that hasn’t stopped him from starting a new one. After all, not all churches are created equal, he said. “A lot of people say it doesn’t matter which church you go to as long as you’re sincere,”... Continue Reading

Chinese police crackdown on fast growing Mega-Churches

Towering eight stories over wheat fields, the Golden Lamp Church was built to serve nearly 50,000 worshippers in the gritty heart of China’s coal country. But that was before hundreds of police and hired thugs descended on the mega-church, smashing doors and windows, seizing Bibles and sending dozens of worshippers to hospitals with serious injuries.... Continue Reading

A Gift of A Sanctuary

As the pastor of a fledgling church, the Rev. Drew Bennett knows that new congregations live a gypsy life, borrowing places to meet. It is usually years before purchasing a permanent site is possible. Bennett is pastor of Church of the Redeemer in Winter Haven, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, and his congregation... Continue Reading

Appellate court difficult to read on cross case

A panel of federal appellate judges wrestled on Dec 9 with the complex and conflicting legal claims over the fate of the Mount Soledad cross in the latest legal showdown in the long-running case. The 29-foot-tall cross in La Jolla has been the subject of litigation since 1989. After nearly 45 minutes of arguments, it... Continue Reading

Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in NYC, featured in USA Today

In a story featured in the Thursday, December 17 issue of USA Today, Tim Keller, PCA minister and Senior Pastor at New York City’s largest protestant church, is one of several pastors featured in an article about Multi Site churches. The article explains how Tim and others have to dash between 2 or more sites... Continue Reading

English Bishop Rips Beloved Christmas Carols as ‘Nonsense’

A leading Church of England bishop has slammed a number of the world’s favorite Christmas carols, saying some have “nonsense” words that are embarrassing and others reek of “Victorian behavior control.” Bishop Nick Baines of Croydon said “all sorts of fantasies have grown up around Christmas” that leave many people thinking of the celebration as... Continue Reading

Members flee Church of Sweden in droves

The Church of Sweden (Svenska Kyrkan) is bleeding members at an increasingly rapid pace, at the same time as membership rolls in Islamic, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox Christian assemblies are on the rise. Between November 2008 and October 2009, nearly 72,000 people, or roughly 1 percent of the church’s 6.8 million members, asked to leave,... Continue Reading

Church of Scotland lacking ministers will ordain lay members as ministers

The Kirk plans to ordain lay members because it cannot find ministers for one in six of its parishes.. Senior officials at the Church of Scotland yesterday confirmed what they called a “bold experiment” to turn parishioners into fully-fledged preachers for the first time since the Reformation. The move breaks with the centuries-old tradition of... Continue Reading

Barna Study suggests mainline churches may be on the precipice of big decline

When Baby Boomers were born, the Protestant landscape of America was dominated by the six major mainline denominations. (Those bodies are typically considered to be the American Baptist Churches in the USA; the Episcopal Church; the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Presbyterian Church (USA); the United Church of Christ; and the United Methodist Church.)... Continue Reading

Lutheran group considers leaving ELCA over gay vote

Taking another step toward schism, a national Lutheran group angered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s August vote to allow gay clergy said that it is developing a proposal for a new denomination for congregations and individuals interested in leaving the ELCA. “We don’t feel we have a choice,” said Paull Spring, a retired... Continue Reading