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 >>
Loyola Marymount University [LMU], a Jesuit college in Los Angeles, Calif., will vote Monday on whether to continue providing elective abortion coverage on the health insurance plans of faculty and staff. The issue has created a deep schism at the university between faculty members who wish to not alienate their non-Christian students, and those wishing to stay true to the university's religious credo.
Loyola Marymount's Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and President David W. Burcham sent a letter to all faculty and staff back in August announcing plans to "thoroughly discuss" the elective abortion coverage option on their health insurance on October 7. Additionally, Burcham told The Los Angeles Loyolan that the school had renewed its inquiries regarding abortion insurance coverage late last year in preparation of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In the weeks leading up to Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, professors and others on campus have become involved in a heated debate regarding abortion coverage at the university. Although one of LMU's healthcare providers, Anthem, dropped its abortion coverage option early in 2013, the other provider, Kaiser, reportedly still offers the option. more >>
Preachers of L.A. premieres on Wednesday, Oct 9, on the Oxygen network, but you can watch Episode 1 online in its entirety right now. Meet Pastor Jay Haizlip, Minister Deitrick Haddon, Pastor Wayne Chaney, Bishop Ron Gibson, Noel Jones, and Bishop Clarence McClendon, six pastors with fascinating backgrounds, strong faiths, "and of course, beautiful women," say the show's promoters.
In Episode 1, "the pastors get down at Deitrick Haddon's gospel show, Deitrick faces his controversial past, Ron Gibson intervenes in a gang fight, and all the pastors hang out in their brand new man cave...and the results are explosive," according to representatives of the show who released the full video.
Pastor Jay Haizlip of The Sanctuary, a nondenominational church in Huntington Beach, Calif., recently spoke with The Christian Post about his ministry, how he first learned about Jesus Christ while on his way to buy drugs, and why he believes God wants to use "Preachers of L.A" to reach those who might otherwise never step foot into a church or tune into Christian TV.
Haizlip stars alongside five other Southern California Christian ministers in the Oxygen network docu-series, premiering Wednesday, Oct. 9. The others are Bishop Noel Jones of City of Refuge, recording artist Deitrick Haddon, Pastor Wayne Chaney of Antioch Church of Long Beach, Bishop Ron Gibson of Life Church Of God In Christ in Riverside, and Bishop Clarence McClendon of Full Harvest International Church in Los Angeles (learn more about the ministers here).
Haizlip, 50 and married with three children, rose to fame when he became a sponsored skateboarding pro in his early teens and remains a notable pioneer in the sport. But his fame and victories on the halfpipe were soon overshadowed by a cocaine addiction after his first encounter with the drug at 15. For the next several years, while married and responsible for a newborn, he was in and out of rehab, desperate to kick the habit he knew was ruining his life and relationship with his family. more >>
Filmmaker and Christian media consultant Phil Cooke recently offered a word of advice to those upset that their donor bricks at the former Crystal Cathedral in Orange County, Calif. are being replaced with new landscaping. Cooke advised the upset donors to "get a life," and to focus on the act of giving more than the reward of recognition that accompanies it.
The Crystal Cathedral, originally opened in 1981 by evangelical pastor Robert H. Schuller, was sold to the Catholic Diocese in Orange County in 2011 after citing $55 million in debt in a 2010 bankruptcy report. The diocese then announced in June of last year that it would be re-naming the former Crystal Cathedral as "Christ Cathedral," and the iconic, reflective glass building would be remodeled to make it suitable for Roman Catholic services. The diocese is reportedly planning on the new building as serving as its primary cathedral.
Recent reports indicate that those who donated to the Crystal Cathedral in the 1970's,1980's and 1990's had a walkway of bricks engraved with their names constructed at the cathedral. These bricks are now being removed as the Catholic Church plans new landscaping. more >>
Saddleback Church, which has 10 campuses across Southern California, is undertaking for the very first time in its 33-year history the launch of campuses outside of the United States in an effort to "finish the Great Commission," according to founding Pastor Rick Warren. Warren and his megachurch will see fruits of their years-long work with the "12 Cities PEACE Plan" come to bear this month with the launch of three global campuses, one each in Hong Kong, Berlin and Buenos Aires.
Saddleback Hong Kong is the first global congregation prepared for launch, and will officially open its doors this Sunday, Oct. 6. The following two Sundays will see Saddleback Berlin (Oct. 13) and Buenos Aires (Oct 20) follow suit. Eventually, over the next few years, these Saddleback church plants will be followed by sister congregations in Accra, Amman, Bangalore, Johannesburg, London, Manila, Mexico City, Moscow, and Tokyo.
"The ultimate goal is to finish the Great Commission by planting a body of Jesus (church), a Bible (portion of God's word) and a believer in the last unengaged people groups on Earth," Warren explained in a press release shared with The Christian Post. "Jesus said one day in heaven there will be people from every tribe and nation worshipping around God's throne. I intend to use all my influence in rallying the Global Church to do what Jesus commanded us 2000 years ago!" more >>