Zach Freeman

Zach Freeman

  • Pandemic prompts preachers to craft shorter sermons

    In the switch to online worship during the coronavirus pandemic, congregations are trimming services down to as little as 30 to 40 minutes, with recorded videos, streamlined videoconference gatherings or in-person services abridged to mitigate virus spread. Sermons have been one place to condense in the name of efficiency....
  • More Churches Are Announcing Doors Closed Until 2021

    When many churches shut down in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, hardly anyone believed they would stay closed until the end of the year. However, that is now a growing trend for several houses of worship. Andy Stanley, the pastor of the multisite North Point Community Church in Atlanta, Ga., recently announced that the 30,000-member church plans...
  • Well Known Pastor Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 3 Girls For Many Years

    A well-known Morgan Park church pastor and former Chicago Fire Department official is charged with three felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of three victims under the age of 18. Apostolic Assembly Church of Lord Jesus Christ pastor Jerry Jones, 71, is accused of grooming the girls for...
  • Kids Are Coming Home From Church Camps With COVID19

    Parents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are upset after children tested positive for the coronavirus after going to a church summer camp. Keystone Church in Keller, Texas, took a group of 300 teens to Latham Springs Camp in Aquilla, about 75 miles south of Fort Worth, from July 6-10 and had plans in place to...
  • Alabama Pastor Holds A Revival During A Pandemic Now 40 Members Have Tested COVID19 Positive

    More than 40 people have coronavirus after attending a week-long revival at a small north Alabama Baptist church last week, pastor Daryl Ross said today. Only two male members’ cases were serious, he said. “One respiratory, he almost got put in the hospital, but he’s OK,” Ross said. “The...
  • ‘We’ve Been Essential For 2,000 Years’ Says California Pastor

    Harvest Rock Church is openly defying California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order not to have indoor church services in Los Angeles County amid the coronavirus pandemic. Service was still held on Sunday at the Pasadena location and during prayer, the lead pastor gave a message specifically to the governor, who...
  • Tennessee Pastor Loses His 30 Year Old Son To COVID19

    Pastor David Settles will eulogize his 30-year-old son Saturday after Darius Settles died last week after he tested positive for the coronavirus. “The virus is real,” said Settles, adding that his son had no preexisting conditions prior to the illness. “It’s not a hoax, and it’s not a joke. It’s real. Even with...
  • Reopening Church Doors Too Soon Has Cost This Pastor His Life From Covid19

     A Biloxi church has went back to virtual services after several members of the congregation tested positive for coronavirus, including the church’s long-time pastor, who died. Leadership at Biloxi River Baptist Church decided to revert back to online church services after several in the congregation tested positive for COVID-19....
  • Church dismisses pastor who came out as transgender in Sunday sermon

    June Joplin, the Canadian Baptist pastor who came out as transgender in her Sunday sermon June 14, has been dismissed from her pulpit at Lorne Park Baptist Church in suburban Toronto. Member Anne McKye, speaking on behalf of the church’s executive council, wrote a letter to the congregation July 20 reporting...