Just hours after community leaders held a prayer rally to end gun violence in Pomona, Calif., a beloved youth pastor, on his way home from a church party, was brutally gunned down in a car early Monday morning.
According to police in an ABC report, four people in a vehicle flagged down a Pomona police officer at about 12:42 a.m. near Third and Thomas Streets and reported that they were shot at in the vicinity of Park Avenue and Mayfair Street.
One of the passengers in the car, Daniel Diaz, 33, of West Covina, a youth pastor at the 500-member New Beginning Church in Baldwin Park where his parents are lead pastors, was shot during the attack. more >>
A pastor in Los Angeles has been dismissed from his role as top aid to the local sheriff's department after it was discovered he owns a property in South Los Angeles that houses a medical marijuana shop.
Bishop Edward R. Turner, who has worked as a paid field deputy for L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca and served as the head of the department's Multi-Faith Clergy Council for over a decade, was given paid leave from his position beginning Tuesday after the department learned that the property he owns at 1425 W. Manchester Ave. in South Los Angeles, across the street from his Power of Love Christian Fellowship ministries and church, was housing a medical marijuana shop that does not fit the criteria for medical marijuana dispensaries approved by the city's voters in May. The city has been on a slow mission to close the clinics that do not fit the voter-approved criteria passed by Proposition D.
In addition to having this marijuana dispensary on his property, Turner is also being investigated for his involvement in the Helping Our People Excel for Life Foundation, a nonprofit community group that had its charity status recently revoked after it failed to file taxes for the past three years. Public records indicate Turner is listed as chairman and founder of the nonprofit. more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Brian Brodersen, who served as a senior pastor within Calvary Chapel's fellowship of churches in Vista, Calif., and in Westminster, London, England, was officially appointed as the successor to Pastor Chuck Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, by an affirming vote from the congregation on Wednesday.
Brodersen replaces Smith, who was a major influence in both the Jesus movement of the late '60s and early '70s and the exponential growth nationally and internationally of Calvary Chapel's network of churches, and who died after a battle with lung cancer on Oct. 3 at the age of 86.
After the vote that affirms the church Boards' decision, and after giving the CCCM's midweek Bible study, Brodersen told the congregation that not only did he say "yes" when asked to be the pastor of the church by its Board, but also said he believes God has called him to be the church's pastor. more >>
Two California military chaplains have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs after they claim they were forced out of a training program by an instructor who antagonized them for their Christian beliefs.
The Conservative Baptist Association of America filed the federal lawsuit on Friday against Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki on behalf of retired Army chaplain Maj. Steven Firtko and Lt. Commander Dan Klender, a Navy chaplain. Firtko and Klender allege that they were repeatedly harassed and criticized for their Christian faith while enrolled in a San Diego Clinical Pastoral Education Center program during fall and winter 2012. The program is offered by Veterans Affairs to train chaplains to work in a Veterans Affairs hospitals.
Klender and Firtko claim in their lawsuit that the instructor of the course, Nancy Dietsch, repeatedly antagonized them for their Christian beliefs and banned them from praying in Jesus' name or reciting Bible passages while in class. more >>
Tom Cantor, the president of the Museum of Creation and Earth in Santee, Calif., has complained of "prejudice against God" after the San Diego Museum Council voted against allowing the Creationist museum to join its organization.
"I'm afraid we are being opposed for nothing more than the old prejudice against God," Cantor said, according to KPBS.
"It's like we're in Selma, Alabama in the 1950s and I want to have a museum on black Americans. Do you think I'll be accepted by the council of museums in Selma, Alabama?" more >>
Evangelist Ray Comfort has had his official Twitter account taken over by an unknown atheist who has given Comfort an ultimatum: stop "denigrating" nonbelievers or you won't get your Twitter account back.
Comfort, founder of Living Waters ministries, said on Friday that an unknown atheist had seized his Twitter account after one of his staff members had accidentally changed his username. When his initial username, RayComfort, became temporarily available, it was immediately snatched up by the mystery atheist.
"The atheist who took my Twitter name, then gave me an ultimatum. He said that he would return it if I made a public statement," Comfort told TheBlaze on Friday following the incident. "He tweeted that I must say that I would 'no longer denigrate, blame and demonize skeptics and nonbelievers, including agnostics and atheists,'" Comfort said. more >>