At least 160 people were injured and several homes and historic buildings were damaged Sunday morning when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit northern California with downtown Napa bearing the brunt. The Christian group Salvation Army is providing aid to victims.
The earthquake, which was felt over a large portion of northern California, including San Francisco, struck 4 miles northwest of American Canyon in Napa County at around 3:20 a.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The strongest shaking was experienced in Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties, and over 100 aftershocks were reported after the earthquake, the largest to hit the Napa Valley area since the Loma Prieta earthquake about 25 years ago, the USGS added. more >>
A megachurch based in San Diego is eyeing the usage of a shuttered performing arts center, which may involve paying El Cajon approximately $1 million over five years which the city hopes will help reopen the facility and revitalize the community.
The Rock Church of San Diego and city officials are in negotiations over usage of the closed East County Performing Arts Center.
El Cajon City Council recently gave the nod for negotiations over the usage of Arts Center, in the hopes that it will aid in supporting the city's downtown economy. more >>
E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic admits that she questioned God about her infertility after failed attempts to get pregnant with her husband, Bill Rancic.
Rancic's troubles with infertility caused the Los Angeles-based journalist grief and anger, but although she initially could not come to terms that she would not be able to conceive, she eventually realized God's plan for her life.
"My faith is strong and Bill and I go to church every Sunday, but I remember going to church and getting angry. I was asking God, 'Why aren't you giving us a child?'" Rancic recalled in an interview with Daily Mail. more >>
Actor Kevin Sorbo who starred in the Christian film, "God's Not Dead," says he did not have reservations about taking on an atheist role for the movie but he admits that he does not understand the logic behind atheist's lack of beliefs and why they are "so angry."
Sorbo, who is most famous for the '90s TV series "Hercules," played an atheist professor in the film whose belief system is challenged by one of his Christian students. He recently sat down with Access Hollywood Live to discuss the film's success and his take on skeptics.
"I'm a Christian myself and had to play an atheist. I see the anger of these (atheist) guys on TV and it's like 'wow, how do you get so angry at something you don't believe in?" said Sorbo. more >>
Justin Bieber has embraced his on and off again Christian faith recently as he was seen attending Pastor Judah Smith's Bible study at the City Church in Los Angeles with former girlfriend Selena Gomez on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old pop star has also taken to his social media accounts lately to post faith-inspired tweets and Bible verses on Instagram. According to U.K.-based The Mirror, Bieber is reportedly slowing down his party lifestyle after being involved in an altercation with actor Orlando Bloom following a night of partying in Ibiza, Spain last month.
"Every day we wake God blesses us with new opportunities. Be better. Be great," tweeted Bieber on August 12. Two days later he wrote, "God is good" and "Who is your anchor? God is good @judahsmith." more >>
Oscar-winning actor and groundbreaking comedian Robin Williams had an interest in God and religion but he never experienced a genuine conversion or commitment to Christ, says Dr. Ted Baehr, chairman of the Christian Film and Television Commission and editor-in-chief of Movieguide.com.
Baehr, who interviewed Williams on several occasions, said Williams' drug problems were actual demons that he "was trapped by" and although the late actor sought help in Christian facilities, he never found the inner peace he desperately searched for.
"I'm not sure he came to Christ, I'm sure he considered Christ … because when you come to Christ, your life changes 180 degrees. I don't think he had that explicit experience of being set free," Baehr told The Christian Post. more >>