Miles McPherson, senior pastor of the Rock Church and Academy in San Diego, California, responded to the shooting in his city that killed one police officer and wounded another, saying there is a need for the community to stand together and not allow hatred and violence to "divide our city."
"As the son of a police officer myself, I cannot describe the feeling I felt when I awoke to today's news," McPherson, the founder of Do Something World, said in a statement Friday.
The victim of Thursday night's shooting was identified as Jonathan "JD" DeGuzman, 43, a 16-year department veteran and father of two, according to CNN, which also reported that the other officer, identified as Wade Irwin, 32, a nine-year veteran, was in serious condition but is expected to survive. more >>
Instead of judging Katy Perry, her parents are asking the Christian community to pray for the pop star.
Keith and Mary Hudson, Perry's preacher parents, recently spoke at the Church of Grace in Yorba Linda, California, according to Radar Online, which is reporting that the two said they have not given up on their daughter, who claims to no longer practice Christianity. Although the Hudsons have spoken out against Perry's previous music like her 2008 hit "I Kissed A Girl," they are proud of her latest inspirational song, "Rise."
"I want you to pray for my daughter," Keith said. "Don't judge her, pray for her. She's going to be singing 'Rise' for the Olympics this year. We're very proud of it and her." more >>
Two NBA star brothers are spending their offseason sharing their Christian values with budding athletes at their family's church.
Jrue Holiday, the 26-year-old New Orleans Pelicans point guard, and Justin Holiday, the newly acquired New York Knicks swingman, have teamed up with their hometown Shepherd Church in Porter Ranch, California, where they're hosting a basketball camp this week for young athletes age 5-16.
The Holiday brothers have been hosting the camp at their home church for six years, which they believe helps them showcase their church values. more >>
A San Diego police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded on Thursday during a traffic stop as a suspect was taken in custody, local media reported and the department said on social media.
The officers, members of the department's gang suppression unit, were shot during a traffic stop at about 11 p.m. local time in Southcrest, a southeastern neighborhood of San Diego, the San Diego Union Tribune reported.
The officers were taken to hospitals after the shooting. One of the officers was shot multiple times and died and the other was undergoing surgery early Friday, the newspaper reported. more >>
Over 90,000 people are calling for the leadership of Travis Air Force Base in California to apologize to Air Force veteran Oscar Rodriguez after he was forcibly removed from a retirement ceremony for mentioning God during a flag-folding ceremony.
The Family Research Council and the American Family Association have delivered petitions addressed to Major Gen. John C. Flournoy and Col. Raymond A. Kozak urging them to apologize to Senior Master Sgt. (Ret.) Rodriguez and Master Sgt. Charles Roberson, who was celebrating his retirement from active duty in April when Rodriguez was ejected from the facility by multiple uniformed Airmen for mentioning God in a speech.
Hollywood stars Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Kerry Washington have joined over 100 other actors in an online campaign targeted against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
"We believe it is our responsibility to use our platforms to bring attention to the dangers of a Trump presidency, and to the real and present threats of his candidacy," the actors said in a joint statement.
"Donald Trump wants to take our country back to a time when fear excused violence, when greed fueled discrimination, and when the state wrote prejudice against marginalized communities into law," they argued, pleading with American voters not to vote for Trump in November. more >>