New Mormon policy no longer calls same-sex marriage 'apostasy'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced April 4 that church members in same-sex marriages will no longer be considered apostates. The change also clears the way for their children to be baptized.

Southern Baptists should investigate churches that cover up abuse, says SBC president

J.D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, said the denomination’s executive committee should immediately investigate 10 churches named in a report by the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Times-Express, including 2nd Baptist in Houston – one of the largest churches in the SBC.

Pakistani Christians face an uneasy Christmas in the wake of Asia Bibi’s release

For the first time in nine years, Asia Bibi will be with her husband on Christmas. But many of her fellow Christians in Pakistan are afraid of a backlash this holiday season.

Jamie Coots, co-star of 'Snake Salvation,' dies of a snakebite

The Rev. Jamie Coots, a serpent-handling pastor and co-star of the "Snake Salvation" reality television show, died Saturday after a snakebite during a church service. He was 42.

Coots, pastor of the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Ky., was found dead at his house around 10 p.m.

Coots had been bitten at the church, Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe told WBIR television in Knoxville. Sharpe said emergency workers went to the church and to Coots' home but he refused medical care.