Embattled Pastor Kong Hee of the Singapore megachurch City Harvest, who is facing court charges of misusing millions in church funds, ministered at the Oasis Church in Los Angeles, calling it one of the "greatest" and "most responsive" churches in the city.
"What a privilege to minster at OCC's newly renovated 100-year-old Cathedral that it has recently purchased," Hee wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday, sharing numerous photos of the church, which is led by pastors Philip and Holly Wagner.
The pastor of a Southern Baptist church in California that broke with the denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without judgment and announcing that he no longer regarded it as a sin has been invited to the White House with his son.
Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, and his 15-year-old son Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to a reception with President Barack Obama at the White House on June 30, a fundraising page for the family's trip expenses stated.
The Christian Post called New Heart Community Church to learn more of the details of the family's trip, but its office is closed on Wednesdays. more >>
The sister of 30-year-old convicted felon, husband and father Jeremy R. Meeks, made famous by women swooning over his mug shot posted to Facebook Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with weapons possession, claims that he's been a practicing Christian for seven years.
His mother has also declared him "sweet" and innocent of the charges as the wild attention he has received for his looks has sparked a heated debate online about second chances, fair trials, religion, beauty bias and the justice system.
"McMug's [Meeks'] sister tells TMZ ... the only reason he carries guns is because he used to be in a gang and needs to protect himself. And she says, he's been a practicing Christian for seven years," TMZ noted. Meeks also has a 3-year-old son. more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and pro-gay groups have urged San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the pro-traditional marriage "March for Marriage" event on Thursday in Washington, D.C, citing inclusive quotes by Pope Francis. The Vatican leader has repeatedly said, however, that he is not changing the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Pelosi wrote to Cordileone, in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pelosi, a Catholic, asked Cordileone not to participate in The National Organization for Marriage's "March for Marriage" event, which she claimed some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons." more >>
California's Brawley Union High School denied a Christian student's speech three times because he wanted to express his Christian faith, but the student decided to assert his freedom of expression by openly speaking about his belief at the graduation ceremony.
"In coming before you today, I presented three drafts of my speech, all of them denied on account of my desire to share with you my personal thoughts and inspiration to you: my Christian faith," Brook Hamby, who was his class's salutatorian, said, according to The Blaze.
"In life, you will be told, 'No,'" added Hamby, who has been a mock-trial star, s cross-country runner and U.S. Senate page. "In life you will be told to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and desire to do what is right." more >>
"Insanity" is popularly defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yet, people have a tendency to do just that, whether it is with relationships, jobs, or destructive behavior. "Sanity" does not come, however, by simply dropping bad habits and relationships or swearing off certain behaviors. As Dr. Henry Cloud puts it, one has to take off the old and put on the new.
Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and author of the long-standing bestseller, Boundaries, presents in his new book, Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again (Howard Books), "ten key realizations about behaviors and thought patterns that hold us back and keep us from our goals."
"What we know about the brain is it's sorta like the old spiritual advice. What the Bible tell us is, there's two sides to getting better. We've gotta put off the old, but we have to put on the new. There's no such thing, really as stopping doing something without replacing it with a different direction and a different way of behaving," Cloud told The Christian Post in a recent interview. more >>