Best friends Blair Reynolds and Justin Stumvoll, hosts of the "The Liberation Project" podcast, started their program after observing what they describe as an absence of masculinity among men in the Church.
"I was absolutely grieved," Reynolds said in an interview with The Christian Post. "When I became a Christian I was saddened by the lack of masculinity in the Church. It baffled me how passionless and passive so many men were."
During their youth, Reynolds and Stumvoll said when they encountered the Lord they noticed they became more manly, a real shift in their hearts had taken place. But they struggled to know how to express and live that out, particularly in a Christian context. more >>
A rift has emerged in the United Methodist Church after delegates in the Western Jurisdictional Conference defied the Church's prohibition of homosexuality on Friday to elect the Rev. Karen Oliveto as its first openly gay bishop.
"I think at this moment I have a glimpse of the realm of God. I want to thank the candidates who I have journeyed with these past few days, for the grace with which we walked with each other. And know I stand before you because of the work and prayers of so many, especially those saints who yearned to live for this day, who blazed a trail where there was none, who are no longer with us, and yet whose shoulders I stand on," Oliveto, 58, said after her election, according to a report from the United Methodist Church.
The Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church encompasses the eight westernmost regional conferences of the United States: the Alaska Conference, the California-Nevada Conference, the California-Pacific Conference, the Desert Southwest Conference, the Oregon-Idaho Conference, the Pacific Northwest Conference, the Rocky Mountain Conference and the Yellowstone Conference. more >>
After a four year hiatus, renowned gospel music duo Mary Mary are finally working on new music.
Successful solo artists Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell appeared on the Instagram page of the D3 Entertainment Group page created a post stating, "#MaryMary back together again!"
In another post filled with hashtags, the marketing group hinted that the duo made new music for the upcoming film "Ben-Hur," produced by Christian film moguls Mark Burnett and his actress wife, Roma Downey ("Son Of God"). more >>
Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego's The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on "a spiritual level."
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he "wanted to kill while people," specifically white police officers. more >>
The Los Angeles County Fire Department officials announced that as of 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 10, 2016 the sage fire in Stevenson Ranch Area of the Santa Clarita Valley, California had spread to 1,109 acres, with 49 percent containment. Evacuated residents were also allowed to go home on Saturday evening after authorities made improvements in controlling the sage fire.
Sage Fire in Stevenson Ranch Area is Now Under Control more >>
A popular Southern California pastor and school board member says he could be sued for voting against implementing a policy that mandates teaching pro-LGBTQ sexual ethics in public schools.
In an email republished in a July 7 First Things article, Chad Vegas writes:
"CA has mandated this [school transgender policy] for the whole state. I have served on the largest high school board in CA, and the nation, for 12 years. I basically lead that board. Our board voted to adopt the new law into policy. I voted against it. I was breaking the law for doing so. I could be personally sued and our attorney tells me the board insurance won't cover me because I am breaking the law and I am a bigot." more >>