A Christian couple in Sacramento, Calif., who say God told them to "open up a pot shop" where they administer prayer to customers, are now locked in what could be a history-making fight with the Internal Revenue Service over a nearly $875,000 tax bill.
The couple, Bryan and Lanette Davies explained in a TIME report, that they are refusing to pay the bill because Canna Care, their legal "Christian-based" medical marijuana dispensary, is being penalized under a 1982 law that was designed to stop drug traffickers from deducting business expenses.
This law should not be applied to Canna Care or any other legal medical marijuana dispensaries in California, argue the couple, because they are not criminals. more >>
The singer of a heavy metal Christian band has admitted that he is guilty of hiring a hitman to kill his wife in San Diego, Calif. this week.
Tim Lambesis, the former lead singer for "As I Lay Dying," pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation of murder and admitted that he had hired an individual to kill his estranged wife Meggan Lambesis.
According to emails sent in August 2012, disclosed during the trial, Lambesis revealed to his wife that he no longer believed in God and that he had been cheating on her. Megan filed for divorce in Sept. 2011. more >>
A church in California is selling some of its property in an attempt to pay for the bail of its pastor, who was recently arrested after authorities determined his church to be fraudulently registered.
Members of Fellowship Baptist Church in Vacaville, Calif., held two estate sales over the weekend, the proceeds of which will go to releasing Pastor Mark Lewis, who is held on a $575,000 bond, from jail. One church official told FOX40 that a "few thousand dollars" was raised by selling large furniture from the church's parsonage, as well as selling the church van.
Lewis was first arrested in January for allegedly conspiring with three other adults to throw a Molotov cocktail into the home of former girlfriend Sarah Nottingham. Although the other suspects remained in jail, Lewis was released on a hefty $500,000 bond two days later. more >>
A memorial service for Arvella Schuller, who along with her husband, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, was co-founder of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, was held late Tuesday afternoon. Considered the force behind the popular "Hour of Power" television program, Arvella Schuller unexpectedly died last week after a brief illness at the age of 84.
The service was held in the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral (formerly named Crystal Cathedral) in Garden Grove and "well attended," Dorie Mattson, a former director with the ministry for more than 20 years, told The Christian Post.
In a memorial tribute column by Mattson, she writes, "In her lecture entitled, 'Worship: The Inspirational Hour,' Mrs. Schuller spoke passionately on how the purpose of art was found in the priority of praise. This passion, was exemplified through her artistic endeavors on the 'Hour of Power' television ministry, as well as the children's and Glories ministries. more >>
Arvella Schuller, the wife of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller who helped found the Crystal Cathedral Ministries passed away on Tuesday, February 11th. Her passing has evoked fond memories for those of us whose lives she touched. The imprint that she made upon my life came in the early days of the twenty years that I served at the Crystal Cathedral.
Upon graduating from USC I followed my heart to develop a "Dance Ministry," which found its purpose within the unique ministries of the Crystal Cathedral. To learn more about the purpose for dance in the Scriptures I entered Fuller Theological Seminary. Yet, the prime lesson that I learned was gained at a Women's Ministry event from a lecture by Arvella Schuller.
In her lecture entitled, Worship: The Inspirational Hour, Mrs. Schuller spoke passionately on how the purpose of art was found in the priority of praise. This passion, was exemplified through her artistic endeavors on the "Hour of Power" television ministry, as well as the children's and Glories ministries. Her passion embodied the words of Martin Luther who wrote that..."all the arts, especially music should be used in the service of Him who gave and made them." more >>
An online ministry dedicated to helping those struggling with pornography addiction plans to host a discussion about the sex industry over pancakes on Saturday morning, hoping to teach young men the dangers of internet porn before they become addicted.
Dubbed as the "greatest men's breakfast on the planet" by XXXChurch.com, "Porn and Pancakes" will take place at Catalyst Christian Church in San Marcos, Calif. featuring XXXChurch founder Craig Gross who will focus on speaking to boys as young as 11-years-old.
According to XXXChurch, porn is a $57 billion worldwide industry. In the United States, 90 percent of kids ages 8 to 16 have viewed porn, while one in seven receive daily sexual solicitations online. Gross believes the problem is expected to become worse as technology advances. more >>