In an inspirational celebration of Mother's Day, Miles McPherson, lead pastor of Rock Church in San Diego, California, presented a kaleidoscope of motherhood through the stories of seven mothers in his life on Sunday.
Among them was his 79-year-old mother, Margaret "Gigi" McPherson, who looked a lot like the quintessential supermom after talking about her life as a mother beginning in the 1960s.
"I had five C-sections in seven years. So they were all very close," she said of McPherson and his siblings. more >>
Controversial televangelist Benny Hinn has revealed that his mother, Clemence, died days before Mother's Day, and said her passing has inspired him to search the truth about Heaven in the Bible.
"By now, you have undoubtedly heard the news of my mom's home-going," Hinn wrote on his website last week.
"I can tell you, without a shadow of a doubt, mom's passing has only compelled me to be more consumed than ever with a passion to share what the Bible tells us about Heaven, and the need for salvation to one day receive all that He has prepared for us there," he added. more >>
An abortion activist from California says clinics are closing down around the country, including in blue states, because fewer women, largely millennials, are seeking abortions.
Shauna Heckert, the executive director of Women's Health Specialists of California, a group of six abortion clinics in northern California, said in an interview with FiveThirtyEight that "We are a dying breed."
Heckert was lamenting the closure of clinics in California, a liberal state that recevied an A+ grade from the pro-abortion group NARAL for requiring pregnancy centers in Sacramento to install signs promoiting abortion and for allowing girls younger than 18 to have an abortion without notifiying a parent or guardian. more >>
Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren has said that he is no longer impressed by rapid church growth, given how many pastors he has seen burn out over the years, and revealed that God has instructed him to organize a teaching conference to help church leaders.
"Once a month I take an extended period in my prayer time to pray specifically by name for the next generation of pastors. Over my 40+ years in ministry I've watched too many great guys burn out or flame out and drop out before they made it to the finish line. Rapid church growth doesn't impress me anymore. Rockets burn out fast. Sustained growth decade after decade is what impresses me," Warren said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, addressed to pastors and church leaders.
Warren listed out his specific prayers for the pastors and their families, noting that he prays they will be able to maintain a "humble, teachable spirit," and that they will be able to increase their effectiveness every year, even if their churches hit hardships. more >>
A former member of the Church of Scientology can legally sue the religious sect for allegedly forcing her to have an abortion, a California judge has ruled.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John P. Doyle concluded last week that Laura Ann DeCrescenzo's lawsuit against the organization can proceed.
"In his ruling, Judge Doyle rejected the Scientology organization's assertions that they merely exercised their free speech rights when they persuaded DeCrescenzo to have an abortion when she was 17 and already married," noted law360.com. more >>
A Catholic university in California has reportedly suspended an employee for allegedly telling a trio of students, one of whom identifies as gender-neutral, that only two genders, male and female, exist.
Last month, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles suspended the unnamed employee of 15 years who works in the alumni relations department.
The employee's husband subsequently emailed a Catholic publication in April about the suspension and denounced the LMU student newspaper's coverage of the incident. more >>