The only way for Christians to get into Heaven is through God's grace, Pastor Rick Warren explains in a message posted on his Daily Hope website Monday.
While some Christians might think good works or dedication to their faith guarantees automatic entry into the afterlife, Warren argues that no person has "a chance of getting into Heaven by [their] own effort."
"You'll never be good enough to get into a perfect place. You stopped being perfect a long time ago," Warren, who is the senior pastor of Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, adds. more >>
Nancy Reagan, the former actress who was fiercely protective of husband Ronald Reagan through a Hollywood career, eight years in the White House, an assassination attempt and her husband's Alzheimer's disease, died on Sunday at age 94.
The cause of death was congestive heart failure, said a spokeswoman for the Reagan presidential library. She died at her Los Angeles home.
"She is once again with the man she loved," her stepson Michael Reagan wrote on Twitter. more >>
In a moving message shared with audiences Thursday at the Catalyst West conference held at California-based Mariners Church, Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio recounted his traumatic bout of depression and how he recovered by being still and trusting in God.
Giglio, whose annual Passion Conferences has hosted nearly a million university students since 1995, recalled his emergency room visit after he fell ill one night in the fall of 2008. His symptoms were baffling. "I'm 50 years old and I can't feel my face," he told an emergency room attendant. "My legs are convulsing, and I can't breathe!"
It was a dark period in the pastor's life and his symptoms went on for months. "[For] four months I was in a pit …," he told attendees of Catalyst West, a next-generation leadership conference. "I had these symptoms unlike I had experienced or ever heard about before." more >>
Pope Francis has written a letter to a juvenile gang member jailed in Los Angeles, California, asking that the young man pray for him.
The pope responded to a letter written by Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr., who, at age 16, received a prison sentence of 11 years for involuntary manslaughter due to his involvement in a Los Angeles gang.
PLOS ONE, a popular peer-reviewed open access scientific journal published by the Public Library of Science decided, Thursday that it would retract a paper it published earlier this year that credits the "Creator" with the design of the human hand.
The paper, titled: "Biomechanical characteristics of hand coordination in grasping activities of daily living," was written by a team of four researchers. Three of them are affiliated with Huazhong University in China while one, Le Xiong, is affiliated with Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.
PLOS ONE's decision to retract the article came after a global coalition of scientists revolted against the journal for embracing what they say is the theory of intelligent design reflected in the article. more >>
Even though HBO slammed Manny Pacquiao for what it says are "offensive and deplorable" comments about gay people, the cable network refuses to lose money by canceling the boxer's fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9.
"We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event," HBO said in a statement this week, according to USA Today.
"However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Pacquiao's recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable," it added. "HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn't approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion." more >>