The state of Arizona executed double murderer Joseph Wood this week. The convicted killer was injected with a combination of lethal drugs that eventually caused his death; however, it took too long according to some observers.
After being administered the drugs, Wood lingered for almost two hours before dying. Witnesses included reporter Troy Hayden who said the execution was "botched" and that Wood's last words were similar to "a fish on shore gulping for air."
While Hayden complained that the execution was "very disturbing to watch," U.S. Senator John McCain noted that it was "terrible" and amounted to "torture." more >>
A movie adaptation of author Anne Rice's novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, which follows Jesus' life as a young boy, is set for theater release a week before 2016's Easter Sunday.
"I know I'm one very controversial author, but my novel Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt has a special place in my heart. And I'm profoundly grateful for the large audience of Catholics, Protestants and others – that has embraced the book over the years," Rice wrote on her Facebook page.
The Hollywood Reporter announced on Thursday that Focus Features will release the movie, based on the 2005 best-selling book, the Wednesday before Easter Sunday. The plot depicts the life of a 7-years-old Jesus and his struggle with being the son of God. more >>
Kierra Sheard has a lot to celebrate with a chart-topping new album and historic position on BET's "Sunday Best," but the daughter of a renowned preacher and gospel music legend has no problem admitting her struggles.
Kierra, 27, has always had a powerful voice that she has used to sing for the Lord in the choir of her father's church since the age of six. As the daughter of Grammy award winning singer Karen Clark Sheard of the gospel music group The Clark Sisters, Kierra is no stranger to the gospel music industry.
But with four albums under her belt, the daughter of Bishop J Drew Sheard decided it was time to offer the world something more than Sunday morning Praise and Worship songs. Kierra decided that her fifth album, "Graceland", would feature many of her own insecurities and issues on her walk with Christ. more >>
An African-American church in Washington, D.C. that has been in operation for over 100 years will soon be closing down because the property has been sold.
Leadership at the Alexander Memorial Baptist Church of the Georgetown neighborhood recently agreed to a sale of their church property.
"All that remains in wealthy Georgetown are four black churches. Soon, there will be only three," reported Sam Ford of WJLA-TV. "… [T]he pastor and trustees of the 106 year old Alexander Memorial Baptist Church are about to sell the church — set to be turned into condominiums or townhouses — for $6.5 million." more >>
LOS ANGELES — A majority of California Latinos do not see marijuana possession or non-violent drug possession of any kind as a legitimate cause for deportation, according to a poll released by Latino Decisions and Presente.org Friday.
"Latinos believe that the war on drugs is a failure and that our sentencing system is broken," said Arturo Carmona, executive director of Presente.org. "Families shouldn't be torn apart over marijuana possession."
Carmona adds, "It's time to enact common sense policies and stop wasting money over minor marijuana possession charges. It's time to stop allowing the justice system to prey on America's most vulnerable residents. We need reasonable and responsible drug sentencing reform that ends the war on communities of color." more >>
A tawdry and titillating TV trend is underway. Seven, that's right, seven shows are being rolled out featuring one central theme: complete nudity.
Romans 1:21-32, written to an enlightened civilization that completely destroyed itself, lays out a pattern repeated throughout history that has become America's story:Reject truth Lose discernment Experience moral chaos
Here's the deal: the crisis in our culture is a crisis of truth. Unless we categorically and decisively reject the secularist, moral relativism of 21st century America, we are doomed. This is not a scare tactic; this is sober reality. Our hope is that God in His mercy would send a spiritual awakening reversing this trend before it's too late. more >>