Danny Duchene, who was given a double life sentence but was released from California's Sierra Prison after 32 years, on Pastor Rick Warren's request, was dedicated as a pastor for Saddelback Church's prison ministries this weekend. Duchene shared his spiritual journey with the congregation.
"God can use anybody, even in the most unlikely places," Warren told the congregation in his message, "God Can Use Anybody," and later asked Duchene to share his story, as part of the church's "The Miracle of Mercy" campaign.
Duchene said he's been part of the Saddleback family since 2003, and that he once shared his testimony with the megachurch through the phone from the prison 13 years ago. more >>
A number of LGBT activists counter protested a prayer rally organized by leading conservative evangelist Franklin Graham outside California's state capitol in Sacramento Thursday.
Graham, who is the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, has been traveling state to state this election season to hold prayer rallies outside of state capitol buildings to encourage Christians to pray for the nation's forgiveness and to get involved in local politics.
Pastor Erwin McManus of Mosaic Church in Los Angeles, described as a "hipster megachurch," says that "emptiness is not the absence of God."
In a sermon titled "Hope in Desperate Times," McManus talked about depression and said that success does not make you immune to emotional dejection, which in severe cases can lead to suicide.
"Success does not immune you from depression," McManus says, adding that while many may think that depression means God has abandoned them, "emptiness is not the absence of God." more >>
The student government at the University of California Berkeley unanimously passed a proposal to install an abortion clinic on campus, arguing it is a common healthcare service "necessary and relevant in student-life."
"When medication abortion is not available at UHS (University Health Services), students who are seeking an abortion face financial, time, and travel constraint burdens that create negative impacts on academic performance and mental health," states Senate Resolution 69, passed by the student government Wednesday, according to Campus Reform. "UHS is a health center dedicated to meeting the health needs of students in order for students to be able to upkeep their academic well-being. Abortion is a common healthcare service and access to abortion is necessary and relevant in student life."
The bill charges that abortion services were available on campus in the 1980s but were scuttled due to a lack of trained abortion providers. Berkley's student government argues that since the university's health office is equipped with trained abortion providers, there should be an abortion clinic on campus once again. more >>
Christians can accomplish more here on Earth when they work together, said Pastor Rick Warren who advises believers to follow God's plan found in the book of Ecclesiastes.
Warren, who heads Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his Daily Hope blog post Tuesday that God intended for Christians to do their work as a team, not alone.
"God put us on Earth to do a certain work that only we can do. Ephesians says that God made us to do good works and that he planned in advance what we would spend our lives doing. However, he didn't plan for us to do that work alone. We need people to work with us," Warren explains, citing Ecclesiastes 4:9 that reads: "two people are better than one, because they get more done by working together." more >>
Motivational speaker and author Tony Robbins has purchased a building for $750,000 in San Francisco that will house a soup kitchen for the homeless that will be run by nuns.
The building, located in the Mission District of the city, was purchased by Robbins this month for the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth order of nuns, who were threatened with eviction from their previous location, as reported by The Christian Post earlier this year.