The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, a PAC seeking to draft retired neurosurgeon and conservative darling Dr. Benjamin Carson into the 2016 presidential race, raised more money than all prospective GOP candidates and Democrat Hillary Clinton in the last three months.
Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show that the Ben Carson PAC raised $2.4 million beating out the more prominent political figures despite Carson's lack of political experience, according to TIME.
John Philip Sousa IV, a descendant of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" composer who serves as the PAC's chairman, told Newsmax that the money is an indication that conservative voters are looking beyond the beaten path for a presidential candidate. more >>
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback joined religious leaders at the Jewish Community Center near Kansas City on Thursday for an interfaith prayer service to honor the three victims killed in Sunday's tragic shooting, allegedly carried out by suspect Frazier Glenn Cross, a white supremacist.
Holder said at the interfaith prayer service that Sunday's shooting was an "affront" to America's diverse identity. "Every alleged hate crime, no matter who the intended target, is an affront to who we are … as both a country and as a people. These acts cannot be ignored."
"Although our hearts are truly broken, all Americans stand with the people of Overland Park, of Leawood, and of Kansas City. We are united in our condemnation of this heinous attack and our commitment to see that justice is served," he added. more >>
A Michigan pastor allegedly embezzled several thousand dollars from his former church and spent the money on vacations with his wife.
Gary Petersen, who formerly pastored at Wellspring Church in Hudsonville, Mich., has been accused of opening up an American Express credit card connected with his church in 2006 without the knowledge of other church leaders. In 2010, investigators allege that Petersen spent $1,400 on the credit card to pay for a cruise for him and his wife in Rome, Italy. He is also accused of spending $1,500 at a resort in Avon, Colo.
Petersen left his position at Wellspring Church in September and now pastors at The Rock Church in Grandville, Mich. more >>
If you have ever wondered what sequence of events inspired the lyrics of the timeless Christian hymn "It is Well" by writer Horatio Spafford, theologian John Piper unveils the tempestuous story behind it during a hauntingly beautiful rendition of the song on Jimmy Needham's new album "The Hymn Sessions."
In a video performance of the song posted on Vimeo, Piper reveals the devastating tragedy that inspired the powerful song in the late-1800s.
"In 1871 the great Chicago fire virtually ruined Horatio Spafford. It was almost the biggest trial of his life but not the biggest," began Piper at the 3-minute mark in the video. more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Commencement ceremony for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the school's news service announced Wednesday.
The Republican governor will make his address on May 10 at 10 a.m. on the campus's Williams Stadium. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said in a statement posted by the Liberty University News Service that Jindal is a "rising star on the national political scene."
"Governor Bobby Jindal has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene – and his rise has not yet waned. Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday. I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life's story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear." more >>
Bill Gothard, an influential conservative Christian leader in the homeschooling movement, has released a statement denying allegations that he sexually harassed women and teen girls. He insists in the statement that his behavior toward those whom he favored, such as holding hands or touching the feet or hair of young ladies, was never carried out "immorally or with sexual intent."
In his statement publicized via his Twitter account Thursday night, Gothard addressed ways in which he believes he failed in his leadership of the Institute in Basic Life Principles, which he quit last month more than 50 years after founding the nonprofit organization.
"For many years I have been building the Institute but losing my first love for the Lord," Gothard, 79, writes in the statement, which appears in full at the end of this report. more >>