It was shared multiple times on my Facebook wall, by gay people, and seemed to get traction throughout the country. And it was one of the most unforgettable moments of my entire life. And now I am going to write about it. I was 17 about 13 years ago. I had previously seen a sermon in which Stanley had derided parents who disinherited their children for being gay, and the youth group center had video games and a volleyball court in the back and the other trappings of a place that seems interested in your wellbeing.
Thomas Butts, former pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, passes away at 90
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Today, Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church includes a multimillion-dollar network of charities and businesses, a private school and the Samson's Health and Fitness Center , where he holds court and pumps iron with young people. His message that God wants people to prosper has attracted celebrities, professional athletes and socialites, swelling the membership to 25, The church hosted four U. The rapid expansion of the church has also made Long politically powerful, especially in DeKalb County, home to one of the wealthiest black communities in the country. The church has become a mandatory stop for many politicians — local, state and national - and Long supports candidates of both parties. But his reputation and sprawling enterprises now stand threatened by scandal.
Charles Stanley and his son, Andy - both well-known Georgia pastors - have each caught attention this week for their views on homosexuality. This week, he declined to accept an award from the Jewish National Fund in Atlanta - an event he was slated to attend tomorrow. Criticism swelled over the selection of Stanley due to his Biblical views on homosexuality - pulled from his sermons and many written works -which had become a "concern" for members of the local Jewish and LGBT communities. Catalyst - described on its website as "a community of change makers" - was founded by Andy Stanley and a small group of church leaders, with a focus on reaching pastors under the age of The Atlanta-based organization holds annual events locally, as well as in Orange County, Calif.
Depending on who you follow on Facebook, you might have seen a post shared about a man kidnapped and robbed in Macon, Georgia. The rumors stated that Christopher Keys was kidnapped by two black men, taken to a hotel and robbed of his money, keys and cell phone. Because of this rumor, local news station 13 WMAZ did an investigation into the situation. The rumor shared around Facebook stated that Keys, a married man and local youth pastor, was kidnapped from a local CVS parking lot after shopping and forced to a motel. After he got away, he recovered his phone which was discarded in a Walmart parking lot and tried to call