"Preachers of L.A.," the controversial new docu-series airing on the Oxygen network, revolves around the ministries and personal lives of six influential Christian pastors in Southern California. Get a glimpse of the reality show with these 10 behind the scenes photos.
"Preachers of L.A.," airing Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET, follows Pastor Wayne Chaney, senior pastor of Antioch Church of Long Beach; Bishop Ron Gibson, pastor of Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside; Deitrick Haddon, minister and contemporary gospel artist; Jay Haizlip, senior pastor of The Sanctuary in Orange County; Bishop Noel Jones, senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena; and Bishop Clarence McClendon, senior pastor of Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles.
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The Crystal Cathedral building in Orange County, Calif., is set for notable renovations to "reflect God" and make it suitable for Roman Catholic service and worship, Bishop Kevin W. Vann announced, and revealed that two firms have been selected to collaborate on the project.
"The Crystal Cathedral is an established international landmark and is much lauded for its architectural inspiration and iconic stature…Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have the experience and ability to respect the building's original design inspiration while creating a fitting and functional spiritual home for Orange County's 1.3 million Catholics," Vann said at the eighth annual Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday.
The Catholic Diocese purchased the 3,000-seat building in 2012 from the protestant Crystal Cathedral Ministries, which founded it, and is set to rename the famous building as "Christ Cathedral" when it reopens for Catholic worship in 2015 or 2016. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, said in their first interview with the media since their son's suicide more than five months ago that they knew all along that the day would come when they would become spokespeople for mental illness.
The Warrens told CNN's Piers Morgan during a taped broadcast of his show that aired Tuesday evening that they kept their son's lifelong struggles with mental disease out of the public eye for the sake of his dignity.
In response to Morgan's question about whether he should have done more as "Rick Warren, America's pastor" about the issue of mental health before their son, Matthew, took his life, Warren replied, "We've always known since Matthew has lived his entire life with mental illness that one day we would be spokespeople for mental illness. Kay and I have known this for years and years. more >>
Vandals and arsonists have made a California church the target of two fires and racially charged graffiti in the past month.
Two weeks ago, on Sept. 9, Bakersfield firefighters arrived at Cain Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and put out a fire that had started at a nearby wooden storage shed and spread to the back wall of the church.
Then more recently on Monday this week, someone lit the contents of a trash dumpster behind the church on fire, and flames spread and scorched the back of the building, according to Bakersfield Now. more >>
A principal at a California Christian private school will keep his job after asking for forgiveness for deleting and changing students' grades, including raising the grade of his own daughter who was attending the school.
"I confessed this as a sin to my leadership and my colleagues. I have been forgiven, disciplined and reconciled," John Hynes, the principal at Grace Brethren High School in Simi Valley, wrote in an email to parents earlier this month.
Last Tuesday, Grace Brethren High School parents received an email from Raymond Blackwell, the school's executive director, notifying them of Hynes' actions and explaining that he intended to keep Hynes on staff. more >>
Biola University in La Mirada, Calif., is set to launch a center mixing Christianity and the arts due in large part to the vision of renowned philanthropic couple Howard and Roberta Ahmanson, who are considered among the top influential evangelicals in the U.S.
"This new center will seek to celebrate the role and promise of the arts in understanding our world and in representing a version of truth and beauty to a world that stands in need of a reminder," said David P. Nystrom, Biola's provost and senior vice president. "We hope the Center will prompt us to recognize the beauty and brokenness of our world, and to foster within us affection for it while recognizing that it stands in need of the healing that is the promise of God."
The Center for Christianity, Culture, and the Arts, which plans to have an opening celebration next Friday, grew out of Biola University's first "Year of the Arts" in 2011-2012. As Visionary-in-Residence for that year, Roberta Green Ahmanson contributed to bringing a wide variety of artists and thinkers to the Biola campus. more >>