A Southern California mother has agreed to remove the roadside cross memorializing her dead son after receiving pressure from an atheist organization.
Ann Marie Devaney placed a white Christian cross near an on-ramp to Highway 15 inLake Elsinore, Calif., after her 19-year-old son Anthony was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street there in May 2012. After two years, Devaney has agreed to remove the cross after the American Humanist Association pressured the city of Lake Elsinore, reportedly on behalf of an atheist resident who argues the cross' presence on government-owned highway is unconstitutional.
As NBC Los Angeles reports, Devaney showed up to the site of the cross Thursday to pay her last respects to her son before removing the small memorial. The mother of the teen who struck Devaney's son with his car also showed up to grieve and express that she too did not think the cross should be removed. more >>
Biola University hopes to inspire students to reflect and meditate on the life of Jesus Christ through The Lent Project, a daily devotional designed to create an artistic and religious experience during the Easter season.
Set to last for 54 days, The Lent Project intends to guide believers on a reflective journey leading up to Christ's resurrection using works of art and music from the span of church history, including classic paintings, old Lenten hymns, as well as contemporary music, art and photography from the 21st century.
"The mood of Lent can be beautifully captured through the arts, which are often cathartic expressions of longing, suffering, loneliness, love, death and rebirth," said Barry H. Corey, President of Biola, in a statement. more >>
The Rev. Seth Pickens, senior pastor of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Los Angeles, has come under the scrutiny of members of his congregation after writing an op-ed titled "10 Reasons I Love LGBTQ Folk" for a community newspaper, but he insists that the situation was not as dire as some have perceived it to be.
Teka-Lark Fleming, the irreligious publisher of the Morningside Park Chronicle, the newspaper that published Pickens' controversial op-ed, said she was inspired when she first met the Christian minister and found him to be "a good guy" partly because he was "doing a lot of good work in the community, the way you're supposed to if you're a pastor."
Fleming, who had invited Pickens to submit the op-ed, claims in her outraged response to the subsequent church fracas that Pickens would be subjected to a "tribunal" and grilled about what he believes the Bible teaches about homosexuality and whether he had ever "communicated to anyone that homosexual behavior or homosexual marriage aligns with the Word of God." more >>
After being told by his doctor two years ago that he would not be able to run again, Pastor Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center will run a full marathon Sunday to raise support and awareness for women exploited through human trafficking.
"It's very emotional for me because two years ago, I had a pulmonary embolism that almost took my life. I've lived in fear of this changing my lifestyle forever. The marathon is a way for me to face these fears once and for all in the ultimate test," Barnett told The Christian Post. "I'm a pastor and I probably need more faith but this has tested my breathing and my confidence. I believe running for a greater cause will push me over the top."
Over 100 Dream Center staff along with several human trafficking survivors will also participate in the 5K charity relay and marathon and are urging the Christian Community to help sponsor them. Their goal is to raise $50,000 and as of Thursday morning, over $43,000 had been donated by supporting individuals and churches throughout the country, as shown on Barnett's fundraising page. more >>
Viewers have criticized Hollywood's response to Matthew McConaughey's acceptance speech for "Best Actor" at Sunday's Oscars event, saying those attending the awards show offered only a smattering of applause and support for the actor when he thanked God, calling their collective response "awkward" and "confused."
Upon receiving the award for "Best Actor" for his portrayal of Ron Woodroof in the film "Dallas Buyer's Club," McConaughey took the stage at the 86th annual Academy Awards and started off his acceptance speech by thanking God. "There are three things that I need each day. One of them is something to look up to, another is something to look forward and another is someone to chase," the 44-year-old actor began.
"First off, I want to thank God, 'cause that's who I look up to. He's graced my life with opportunities that I know is not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late Charlie Lawton who said 'when you got God, you got a friend and that friend is you,'" he continued. McConaughey went on to describe his family, including his wife and three children, as the thing he looks forward to, and his future self in 10 years as the thing he chases. more >>
A Christian couple in Sacramento, Calif., who say God told them to "open up a pot shop" where they administer prayer to customers, are now locked in what could be a history-making fight with the Internal Revenue Service over a nearly $875,000 tax bill.
The couple, Bryan and Lanette Davies explained in a TIME report, that they are refusing to pay the bill because Canna Care, their legal "Christian-based" medical marijuana dispensary, is being penalized under a 1982 law that was designed to stop drug traffickers from deducting business expenses.
This law should not be applied to Canna Care or any other legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California, argue the couple, because they are not criminals. more >>