Indiana's marijuana-smoking church has been incorporated as a tax-exempt religious organization by the Internal Revenue Service according to the church's founder.
Bill Levin, the founder of the First Church of Cannabis, a controversial group looking to test the limits of Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act by indulging in the smoking of marijuana during "church" services said the IRS notified him earlier this week about the group's tax will allow donors to deduct their contributions.
"It means people in higher tax brackets will be more generous with the church," said Levin to News and Tribune. "There have been people who want us to succeed but they've [been] waiting [on] our 501©3 exemption." more >>
Pop star Justin Bieber says even though he is not religious, developing his Christian faith has given him a sense of spiritual contentment and greater feeling of purpose in life.
The singer, who was reportedly baptized in New York City last Summer, said that developing his relationship with God is the "coolest thing" he's experienced but insisted that he is not "pushing anything" on his fans. The post was shared with his 28 million Instagram followers on Tuesday and it garnered nearly 1 million likes within 24 hours.
Soap operas may be known for bringing dramatic storylines to television audiences for decades but one small screen actress who got her big break on this type of programming believes God gave her the platform to use as a form of ministry.
Chrystee Pharris,39, had roles on multiple television shows like "The Steve Harvey Show," "Sister, Sister," and "Moesha," before making a name for herself by portraying Simone Russell on the hit NBC soap opera "Passions" in 2001 where she spent three years. It was on "Passions" that a young Pharris began to see how she could utilize her platform to spread the word of God.
After only one month on the show, Pharris noticed a young woman who also worked on the show crying. Although the budding actress barely knew the young woman, the Lord prompted her to pray with her. more >>
A Christian jeweler in Canada has become the latest target of LGBT hate mail and "nasty" phone calls even though he agreed to make custom engagement rings for a lesbian couple, simply because he posted a sign that displayed his biblical view opposing same-sex marriage.
Esau Jardon, the co-owner of Today's Jewellers in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland, recently told CBC News that he was forced to take down his store's Facebook page after it was flooded with angry comments from LGBT advocates who opposed a sign that was posted in the store stating: "The sanctity of marriage is under attack. Let's keep marriage between a man and a woman."
The store's sign came to attention after a lesbian woman named Nicole White had put a downpayment with the store on custom made engagement rings for her and her fiance, Pam Renouf, who plan to get married in 2016. more >>
The Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, told The Christian Post that a recent three judge panel decision against the Obama Administration's immigration policy executive action mean many immigrants will continue to suffer as political leaders struggle to resolve their differences on immigration reform.
A panel from an appeals court has denied the Obama Administration's request to lift an injunction barring the president's controversial immigration executive order from taking effect.
In a 2-1 ruling, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of the Appeals denied the Justice Department's request to lift an injunction given to Texas and 25 other states suing the Administration over the executive action. more >>
Reports have emerged "Mortal Kombat X" will be delayed on PS3 and Xbox 360 once again.
NetherRealm's fighting video game, "Mortal Kombat X" is experiencing another delay as its scheduled release on last gen consoles, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 has been pushed back to the end of the year.
Initially scheduled for launched on PS 3 and Xbox 360 in June 2, NetherReal and Warner Bros. Interactive have canceled the launch, with Gamestop personnel informing customers of the delay, and the gaming websites changing the release date for Dec. 31. more >>