Denominations are, at their very core, structures that help support and enable a diversity of Christians. They are not Christianity, they merely make space for different varieties of faith to flourish. If we can simply understand denominational labels as descriptors, rather than terms of value -- who is right and who is wrong -- we can see beyond the walls that separate us and begin to see the beautiful diversity there is among Christians.
Pastor 'blind' to son-in-law's abuse A senior Pentecostal pastor says he still struggles to accept the guilt of his son-in-law, who sexually abused a boy when he worked for the same church. Publ.Date : Wed, 15 Oct 2014 00:15:19 -0700 -Brazil's presidential contenders fight for growing Pentecostal vote Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists could be political power brokers. Publ.Date : Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:24:01 -0700 -Take it up with abuser, parents told The pastor who oversaw a Pentecostal church primary school told parents the church had done all it could and they should take it up with the abusive teacher. Publ.Date : Tue, 14 Oct 2014 04:39:06 -0700 -NZ pastor 'dodged' child abuse claims: son Leading pentecostal pastor Brian Houston has described his father Frank Houston as "a desperate man treading water" when child abuse allegations surfaced in 1999. Publ.Date : Wed, 08 Oct 2014 22:45:02 -0700 -Fight for growing Pentecostal vote in Brazil RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's rapid religious transformation is reverberating through the country's tight presidential race, where abortion and gay marriage have emerged as hot-button issues and Pentecostal televangelists are political power brokers. Publ.Date : Wed, 01 Oct 2014 07:55:56 -0700 -Church dismissed father's plea as 'spam' The father of a man abused as a boy by a Pentecostal pastor says the pain of victims is less important than the church's preoccupation with money. Publ.Date : Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:16:13 -0700 -Pastor overlooked suspicions about paedophile son-in-law, inquiry told A Pentecostal pastor may have overlooked suspicions about his paedophile son-in-law because of their family relationship, a royal commission has heard. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was told church members raised concerns about a relationship between youth pastor Jonathan Baldwin✓ and a teenage boy. Publ.Date : Wed, 15 Oct 2014 01:03:56 -0700 -Brazil's evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world's largest Catholic nation. Marina Silva, an environmentalist running neck and neck in polls with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, is a Pentecostal Christian who often invokes ... Publ.Date : Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:34:54 -0700 -Son says pastor a 'desperate man' amid abuse allegations A leading Pentecostal pastor has described his father as "a desperate man" when child abuse allegations surfaced in 1999. Publ.Date : Wed, 08 Oct 2014 23:25:08 -0700 -Inquiry hears of 'don't get caught' policy A royal commission has been told that Satan is the real enemy for Pentecostal believers, not child abusers. Publ.Date : Wed, 15 Oct 2014 19:48:11 -0700 -