Alex Murashko

CP Contributor

Darryl Strawberry Goes Public as Ordained Minister; No Longer Interested in Baseball Past

Former Major League Baseball All-Star, Darryl Strawberry, whose legendary play on the field was coupled with a well-chronicled battle with addiction and legal problems in his personal life, said he is no longer the man he was before and that his top priority is leading people to Jesus Christ. He is now an ordained minister leading a wide-ranging ministry, including Christian-based recovery programs.

Former 'New Ager' Classic Rock Radio Talk Show Host No Longer Hangs Up on Christians

Working as a phone call screener and talk show host for one of the most listened to rock 'n' roll stations in Southern California for more than 20 years, Frank Sontag confesses that as a "new ager" and someone who had not yet accepted Jesus Christ he didn't really want to hear what Christians, who called into the station to talk about the Gospel, had to say – he hung up on them.

Greg Laurie, Nick Vujicic to Attend Advance Screening of 'Hope for Hurting Hearts'

Ten days ahead of its world premiere screening, "Hope for Hurting Hearts," a movie that tells the story of how Greg and Cathe Laurie, Jeremy Camp, Nick Vujicic, and their families dealt with times of trial, will be shown at Harvest churches in Riverside and Orange County. Pastor Laurie and evangelist Vujicic, who was born without arms and legs, are scheduled to attend the special viewing on Sunday.

Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court's decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.

Pastor Chuck Smith Suffers Setback in Battle With Lung Cancer

Calvary Chapel church movement founder Pastor Chuck Smith, who at one time appeared to be winning his battle with lung cancer, suffered a recent setback, his daughter announced Saturday. Doctors upgraded the severity of his condition after finding cancer cells in fluid in his lungs and he is scheduled to enter the hospital for fluid removal for a second time.

Reaction to Exodus Shutdown From Christian, Gay Communities a Complicated Mix

Reaction to the shutdown this week of Exodus International, the largest Christian ministry devoted to addressing struggles with homosexuality, once primarily by way of reparative therapy and more recently with a shift towards a focus on church responsibility, has been a complicated mix of opinions from leaders from within both the church and gay communities.

Samaritan's Purse Helps 'Salvage' Remains From Colo. Black Forest Fire

Disaster relief teams with the North Carolina-based Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse arrived in Colorado Springs, Colo., this week where the massive Black Forest fire burned more than 14,000 acres, destroyed nearly 500 homes and claimed two lives. Since setting up its Disaster Relief Unit on Wednesday at a local church, the ministry has already received requests for help from 190 homeowners, say officials.