Miles McPherson, pastor of The Rock Church in California, is defending Russell Wilson, the Christian NFL player who has recently been mocked for revealing that God told him to abstain from sexual activity with his singer girlfriend Ciara Harris.
The pastor interviewed Wilson, 26, in front of his congregation at The Rock Church in San Diego on July 5, where the Seattle Seahawks quarterback revealed that God spoke to him about leading his 29-year-old singer girlfriend. After a number of people turned Wilson's testimony into a joke, McPherson decided to write a Rock Church post Tuesday called "3 Things You Got Wrong About Russell Wilson."
McPherson created three questions that some of Wilson's critics brought to his attention, the first being, "Did God really speak to [Russell Wilson]?" more >>
Pastor Sergio de la Mora of the Cornerstone megachurch was a guest speaker at Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California on Sunday, and he preached the first sermon of a new series, "Best News I've Ever Heard," sharing four real benefits of knowing Christ.
"Serving Jesus Christ is not a boring journey… and there are corresponding benefits to serving God," the pastor of the multi-campus San Diego-based megachurch told the Saddleback congregation.
We live in a culture that makes Christianity look boring and irrelevant, "but the truth of the matter is that Christianity is what allows us to see the world through not only God's eyes, but through the eyes of love, compassion and hope for humanity," said the pastor, a second generation Mexican-American. more >>
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy compared opposition to the court's landmark ruling ending legal opposition to same-sex marriage to a 1989 decision that said freedom to burn an American flag is protected speech.
It was Kennedy's first comments since last month's decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, that struck down a ban against same-sex marriage in 14 states. Kennedy believes that while the decision on the flag burning case was unpopular at first, public opinion changed over time.
He made the comments Wednesday at a 9th Circuit Conference in San Diego. Kennedy, 78, often seen as an important swing vote on the Court, is a native of Southern California who formerly ruled from the 9th Circut bench. more >>
A prominent mosque in Sacramento has honored an Evangelical Christian congregation for the first time with its annual award for outstanding acts of interfaith service. The accolade recognizes the church's efforts to help Middle Eastern refugees settle into their new lives in California.
During its fourth annual interfaith Iftar [an evening meal for Muslims to end their daily fast during the month of Ramadan] last Wednesday, the SALAM Islamic Center honored the First Covenant Church of Sacramento with its "Distinguished Award for Exceptional Interfaith and Community Service."
The Sacramento Bee reports that the banquet was attended by 200 community members including local, state and federal officials. SALAM Executive Director Metwalli Amer told the audience that First Covenant has taken outstanding measures to bridge the societal gap for Muslim newcomers to the community who are seeking safety from their conflict-ridden homelands in the Middle East. more >>
Evangelical preacher the Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out against legislation proposed by Democrats in California seeking the remove and replace the words "husband" and "wife" from federal law.
"Where will the assault on biblical marriage end?" Graham asked in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
"They say these are 'gendered terms' that discriminate against homosexuals. You're absolutely right they are gendered terms— because marriage was created to be gendered! The One who created marriage defined it as between a man and a woman," he continued. more >>
Pastor Tony Clark from Virginia delivered a sermon at California's Harvest megachurch on Sunday, sharing two reasons why Jesus allows storms in believers' lives. How Christians come through those storms determines how they worship God, he said.
There are two main reasons why God allows storms in believers' lives, Clark, pastor of Calvary Chapel Newport News in Virginia, told the congregation after Harvest pastor Greg Laurie introduced him to his congregation.
There are "storms of correction," Clark shared, using the example of Jonah from the Old Testament. more >>