The sister of 30-year-old convicted felon, husband and father Jeremy R. Meeks, made famous by women swooning over his mug shot posted to Facebook Wednesday after he was arrested and charged with weapons possession, claims that he's been a practicing Christian for seven years.
His mother has also declared him "sweet" and innocent of the charges as the wild attention he has received for his looks has sparked a heated debate online about second chances, fair trials, religion, beauty bias and the justice system.
"McMug's [Meeks'] sister tells TMZ ... the only reason he carries guns is because he used to be in a gang and needs to protect himself. And she says, he's been a practicing Christian for seven years," TMZ noted. Meeks also has a 3-year-old son. more >>
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and pro-gay groups have urged San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the pro-traditional marriage "March for Marriage" event on Thursday in Washington, D.C, citing inclusive quotes by Pope Francis. The Vatican leader has repeatedly said, however, that he is not changing the definition of marriage as between one man and one woman.
"We share our love of the Catholic faith and our city of San Francisco," Pelosi wrote to Cordileone, in a letter obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
Pelosi, a Catholic, asked Cordileone not to participate in The National Organization for Marriage's "March for Marriage" event, which she claimed some of the participants show "disdain and hate towards LGBT persons." more >>
California's Brawley Union High School denied a Christian student's speech three times because he wanted to express his Christian faith, but the student decided to assert his freedom of expression by openly speaking about his belief at the graduation ceremony.
"In coming before you today, I presented three drafts of my speech, all of them denied on account of my desire to share with you my personal thoughts and inspiration to you: my Christian faith," Brook Hamby, who was his class's salutatorian, said, according to The Blaze.
"In life, you will be told, 'No,'" added Hamby, who has been a mock-trial star, s cross-country runner and U.S. Senate page. "In life you will be told to do things that you have no desire to do. In life, you will be asked to do things that violate your conscience and desire to do what is right." more >>
"Insanity" is popularly defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Yet, people have a tendency to do just that, whether it is with relationships, jobs, or destructive behavior. "Sanity" does not come, however, by simply dropping bad habits and relationships or swearing off certain behaviors. As Dr. Henry Cloud puts it, one has to take off the old and put on the new.
Cloud, a clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and author of the long-standing bestseller, Boundaries, presents in his new book, Never Go Back: 10 Things You'll Never Do Again (Howard Books), "ten key realizations about behaviors and thought patterns that hold us back and keep us from our goals."
"What we know about the brain is it's sorta like the old spiritual advice. What the Bible tell us is, there's two sides to getting better. We've gotta put off the old, but we have to put on the new. There's no such thing, really as stopping doing something without replacing it with a different direction and a different way of behaving," Cloud told The Christian Post in a recent interview. more >>
A California pastor who was charged with murder last Tuesday, after a man he fought with outside a Las Vegas sports bar last summer died from head injuries, maintained his innocence after he was released from jail on bail Tuesday saying he even asked his church group "to lay hands and pray" for his attacker during the fight.
Youth pastor Robert Cox of The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, says 55-year-old Link Ellingson attacked him, his wife, their two young children and a group of church interns while they were in the parking lot of a Las Vegas sports club called Four Kegs. The group had stopped to eat at the establishment while they were on a mission trip.
Cox, in an effort to defend the group from what they describe as a freak attack from Ellingson, got into a scuffle with the hulking man who fell, hit his head on the pavement, then lost consciousness during the melee on June 13, 2013. Ellingson died six months later. more >>
Link Ellingson, 55, the beloved man who died in a hospital six months after a fight with youth pastor Robert Cox in Las Vegas, was once a committed Christian who reportedly abandoned his faith for the ways of the world, according to Cox's father-in-law and pastor, Mike Dillman.
In an interview with The Christian Post Monday, Dillman, who is senior pastor at The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, California, said just two days after the controversial fight between Cox and Ellingson, the dead man's older brother and committed Christian Blake Ellingson, revealed in a Facebook post that his family was praying that God would use the tragedy to bring him back to the Lord.
"Link and his wife were married in an Assemblies of God church a number of years ago where we understand that Link was a committed believer," Dillman told CP. more >>