If Christians were asked to present a logical argument for the atoning death of Christ, many would not have a good answer, says California-based blogger Caleb Flores.
In a recent blog post for The Gospel Coalition, Flores notes that many believers have never thought through the reasons for, and the implications of Jesus' death on the cross, which is why people have a distorted view of what Christ did for humankind, he explains.
"Because of the lack of clarity regarding Jesus' death, deceitful doctrines have crept into our churches," says Flores. "The Scriptures have been twisted into cultural clichés and false teachings about why Christ died, and what was accomplished by his death." more >>
The senior pastor of the largest Latino-led church in San Diego has been named president of The Hispanic Mega Church Association, where he will work to bring the country's largest Hispanic congregations together.
Pastor Sergio de la Mora says isolated churches are no longer relevant to the nation and believes in joining forces as a cohesive and collaborative church at large.
"For every nationality, every demographic and every social circle, today is the dawn of a new day. And our responsibility as the local church is to lead this shift in power and influence by leading our families, communities and nation to experience a Heart Revolution," de la Mora said in a statement. more >>
Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen Network's "Preachers of L.A." reality show, admits that he made mistakes in his personal life that led him to fall from grace but after enduring turmoil and criticism, Haddon now feels grounded once again.
The gospel artist has been transparent about his faults on the show by admitting that he left the church he once pastored in Detroit for a life of pleasure in Los Angeles. He also came forward about fathering his first daughter out of wedlock but that is all behind him, he explained.
"I feel like God has given me a second chance at marriage, at life and at ministry. So now I'm determined to do it my way … Do it God's way, but do it with my style," Haddon said in an interview with Centric TV. "I'm solid. I'm sure about myself. I don't need validation from people. I've got God. I've got my focus. I've got my babies, my wife, and I'm good." more >>
Two Catholic academic institutions in California have been told by the state government that their healthcare programs must cover abortions.
Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University were initially given reprieve from being forced to pay for abortions as part of their insurance policies, however, the earlier decision was reversed.
In a letter sent out last month, California's Department of Managed Health Care concluded that "it erroneously approved or did not object to such discriminatory language in some evidence of coverage filings." more >>
An adopt-a-highway sign for an atheist group based in California was recently vandalized, the group claims, with an unknown party attaching a message on stickers that read: "God loves."
The Atheists of Butte County had a sign off of Highway 99 where someone recently placed the message "God Loves" right before their name. Photos of the vandalized signs can be found here.
George Gold, president of the Butte County group, said in a statement earlier this week that the vandalism "shows loud and clear just how necessary our group is." more >>
Megachurch pastor Jentezen Franklin of Free Chapel church partnered with the Los Angeles-based Dream Center to launch a transitional home for individuals between the ages of 18 to 23 earlier this week, where many will have a second chance to improve their lives.
The Dream Center's emancipating youth home located on The Dream Center's campus, called Freedom House, is one of the 200 ministries that will benefit those who have been part of the foster care or probation system.
"More than a transitional home, we are believing Freedom House will be a place where students come to know the love of Jesus Christ, that He is our only hope and our Savior," Franklin told The Christian Post. "…We are just so privileged to be a part of the dream … we can provide resources but we can't do the other things that they do so well, the programs the facility." more >>