Responding to a suggestion that his Christian convictions may have contributed to his firing as head coach from the Golden State Warriors, Mark Jackson said this week that if that had been one of the owner's concerns, it reflected a double standard.
"You mention your faith and it's been floated out there that your faith may have been an issue, may have been part of the problem in the relationships [with ownership.] How do you feel about that?" Jackson was asked in the aftermath of his firing on "Bucher, Towney & Huff" on Bay Area sports station, 95.7 The Game.
"I was hired when I was a pastor. I think it's unfortunate because if it was true, you don't encourage media to come do a piece on my church, on my ministry, the work on my faith. Don't do it when it's convenient and you're searching for something. I never went around beating people in the head with a Bible," said Jackson. more >>
The former director of a rehab facility once on the addiction recovery referral list of Pastor Miles McPherson's Rock Church in San Diego is being sued by six women alleging sexual battery and harassment.
David Powers, the former director of ABC Sober Living and current member of The Rock Church is at the center of the case. However, the intended lawsuit also mentions Rock Church Ministries' drug and alcohol recovery program. The church says their involvement with the rehab facility is limited to referring individuals who want help from addiction.
"In our efforts to help people overcome addiction, The Rock Church will sometimes refer those with substance abuse issues to any one of a variety of facilities. One of these facilities, ABC Sober Living, is owned by David Powers. Rock Recovery Ministry has no operational authority over ABC Sober Living," Mei Ling S. Starkey, media relations and social media director for the Rock Church, told The Christian Post. more >>
A new lead pastor for Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale was announced Wednesday to replace founding pastor Bob Coy following his resignation after admitting to moral failure last month. However, Outreach Pastor Chet Lowe was more specific about Coy's demise, when he told the congregation during a worship service in April that the pastor had committed "adultery with more than one woman" and "sexual immorality, habitually, through pornography."
Pastor Doug Sauder, who has been a member of the Calvary Chapel staff for the last 14 years, will lead, direct, and schedule the teaching pastor team for the mega church's 10 campuses throughout Florida.
"By unanimous decision of CCFL's board of directors and senior leadership team, pastor Doug Sauder was asked to serve in the capacity of CCFL's lead pastor, a request that he has accepted. "… He has concurrently served in a variety of pastoral roles, including that of leading weekend and mid-week services as well as serving as the president of 4KIDS of South Florida," reads a statement on the church's website. more >>
Congregants of the Santa Barbara campus of the Reality Church in California were left baffled Sunday when they were informed that their popular executive pastor, Gerald Torres, 43, had been placed on administrative leave after he was involved in a drunken motorcycle crash that sent his passenger and 8-year-old son, Judah, flying.
A report from Noozhawk, said Torres was riding a 1998 Yamaha westbound on Casitas Pass Road just after 4:00 p.m., Saturday when he veer off the road and struck a traffic sign and fence.
He was arrested by local police on suspicion of DUI then released in the care of a local hospital with major head injuries and cuts to his extremities. He was released from the hospital on Monday according to the church. more >>
A number of Hollywood stars, including Ellen DeGeneres and Jay Leno, are protesting the Beverly Hills Hotel, owned by Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who recently introduced the first phase of Sharia law in the Islamic country.
"I'd like to think that all people are basically good and when they realize this is going on, hopefully they'll do something about it," Leno said at the protest in front of the hotel.
BBC News reported on Wednesday that the Beverly Hills city council unanimously voted to condemn Brunei because of its harsh Islamic penal code, which is set to establish laws punishing homosexuality and adultery by death by stoning in future phases. more >>
Much like adultery and other sexual sins, the Bible speaks clearly about homosexuality and its implications, says Pastor Shane Idleman of Westside Christian Fellowship Church, who advises that individual's sexual preferences should change if they contradict the scripture.
In his blog, Idleman notes that many Christians tend to either insult homosexual individuals and show very little compassion toward them or "excuse their sin and look the other way." Idleman, who does not condone either behavior, points to biblical reasons why gay marriage is wrong.
"Would we say, 'I believe that those who embrace pornography can live in harmony with biblical Christianity?' Or, 'I believe that those who embrace adultery can live in harmony with biblical Christianity?' Of course not. Unfortunately, one of the greatest mistakes in our culture today involves not being able to discern between right and wrong. The battle cry is focused on individual rights, instead of what God's word says," Idleman writes. more >>