A man dressed up as Jesus Christ attended the AIDS Walk in Los Angeles, Calif. over the weekend, standing next to protesters of the walk while holding a bundle of red balloons. Photos of the man have since gone viral on the internet, including user sharing websites such as Reddit and Facebook.
The photo shows a man dressed like Jesus, wearing a long white robe and having long, brown hair past his shoulders. The "Jesus Christ" impersonator stood on the sidewalk next to protesters who held signs that read, in part: "homo sex is sin." The impersonator carried along with him over one dozen red balloons that were reportedly meant to block the protesters from the view of those participating in the event.
The protesters reportedly attend the event every year to show their opposition to the homosexual lifestyle. As Los Angeles-based journalist Brody Brown told The Huffington Post, the event's organizers usually try to find a way to position them off of the main walk so they don't distract participants. "It was kind of amazing seeing Jesus posing with a cluster of red balloons, early on in the L.A. AIDS Walk, just after the masses turned off Santa Monica down La Cienega," Brown told The Huffington Post. more >>
Rapper Earl "DMX" Simmons, 42, recently recited bible verses in front of a Los Angeles restaurant to a woman who had fallen on rough times, a new paparazzi video shows.
The video shows the rapper reading from a bible while standing on the sidewalk in front of Wi Jammin' Caribbean Restaurant on Pico Boulevard in Los Angeles, Calif. Although it is unclear exactly which bible verse the rapper is reading, he does seem to be advising the female fan on the importance of trusting in God's will.
According to TMZ, the rapper had been exiting the restaurant when he met the fan, who said she had been going through tough times in her life. Without missing a beat, DMX reportedly got out and provided his own bible to the woman to offer some guidance. more >>
During the second and third days of the Exponential West conference this week, speakers shared five discipleship essentials and encouraged church leaders to train and equip their flock to go out into the world to share the Gospel in order to empty hell and fill heaven.
Pastor Rick Warren, whose Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., hosted the three-day conference that was attended by 2,000 church planters, spoke about multiplying and exponentially reproducing disciples. The four core ingredients he said are necessary to make disciples are: having a disciple-making pastor; having a disciple-making ministry at church; using the method of Jesus as the process; and lastly, pain, problems and persecution.
Warren noted that no one wants pain, problems and persecution, but quoted from Acts 14:21-22 and said that believers, "enter into the kingdom through much suffering." more >>
A Christian legal group recently sent a letter to a Calif. middle school encouraging it to add teachers to its anti-bullying policy after one teacher at the school made a spectacle of a Christian student for bringing a bible to class.
The incident reportedly took place earlier this month at Margarita Middle School in Temecula, Calif., when an unnamed teacher asked his students to read a nonfiction book every night for 30 minutes. As proof that they had completed the assignment, the students were to bring in their book the next day to be checked by the teacher.
As the teacher walked up the rows of the students to verify their nonfiction book, he reportedly came across one student who had the bible on his desk. The teacher reportedly told the student that the bible did not count as a nonfiction book, while the student responded, "Honestly, I believe it is." The teacher then allegedly walked to the front of the classroom and asked all the students: "How many of you think the Bible is nonfiction?" more >>
A stressed out English teacher at Narbonne High in Harbor City, Calif., has been placed on paid leave after she was recorded unloading a profanity-laced tirade at a student who heckled her during a class discussion on race and ethnicity.
The recording, which has gone viral on the high school campus, was first highlighted in a report by The Daily Breeze and occurred in front of a 12th-grade class. The teacher, who has been unidentified to protect her reputation, has since apologized for her outburst and blamed it on a moment of weakness.
"You know, I had a weak moment," she said. "Forgive me." more >>
A man in Napa, Calif. is telling his harrowing journey of sex addiction from a young age and a stint in the gay porn industry in his early 20's in his new book, Swallowed by Satan.
In his new book, Joseph Sciambra tells the story of his obsession with the gay porn lifestyle in his 20's before suffering a near-death experience that landed him in the hospital and ultimately resulted in him reconverting to Catholicism.
Sciambra, 44, says in his new book that he was first introduced to porn at the young age of eight, and quickly after this first experience he became addicted to more extreme forms of pornography, such as gay porn and masochistic behavior. The website for Swallowed by Satan says Sciambra hit rock bottom after delving "into the darkest recesses of the occult, Satanism, and eventually Neo-Nazi ritualism," eventually becoming a "sadomasachist master" and ultimately a "common street hustler." more >>