LOS ANGELES – Author and pastor Erwin McManus ushered in a new chapter in his ministry, that includes encouraging and nurturing creativity within the Christian community, when he introduced his daughter and core members of Mosaic L.A. church's worship team to record their first album in front of 1,400 people at the historic Wiltern theater Saturday evening.
"This is not simply a concert, it's an act of worship to the creator of the universe," McManus, who is the lead pastor of the church that includes locations in Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, told the enthusiastic crowd.
McManus explained during a recent sermon on the importance of worship, that when the church launched more than 20 years ago, he was also the worship leader and was admittedly "not very good." However, during his first experiences with listening to old hymnal music, although sometimes difficult to comprehend, he realized that music was a powerful method that God used to move people, he said. The event on Saturday was the culmination of a dream he's had for more than two decades, McManus explained. more >>
Thousands gathered in the small, beachside college community of Isla Vista, near Santa Barbara, California, over the weekend to pray for the six killed and 13 injured as a result of a tragic shooting and stabbing spree that took place Friday night.
More vigils are planned to take place this week, including one candlelight memorial scheduled for the University of California Los Angeles on Monday evening.
The prayer vigil began Saturday at UC Santa Barbara's Storke Tower, with thousands of students and community members silently walking through campus to a nearby park in the small, unincorporated college community of Isla Vista to pray, light candles, and pay their respects to those killed in Friday's attack. more >>
Santa Barbara mass murder suspect Elliot Rodger emailed a 137-page manifesto – with a detailed plan on how he would carry out deadly killings as revenge for rejection by women – to his parents and several others, and stabbed three UCSB students in his apartment before going on a shooting spree, officials said.
Rodger, 22, had a plan to lure anyone into his apartment, not far from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and kill them, but he could not. So he turned to his roommates and stabbed them to death Friday night, according to San Jose Mercury News.
The stabbing victims were identified as Cheng Yuan Hong, 20, of San Jose; George Chen, 19, of San Jose; and Weihan Wang, 20, of Fremont. While Hong and Chen were Rodger's roommates, it was not clear whether Wang was also a roommate or a visitor. more >>
The suspect who killed six people and injured 13 others near the University of California, Santa Barbara Friday night was identified as a 22-year-old mentally disturbed man, Elliot Rodger, who videotaped his desire to "slaughter" women for rejecting him. A church in the area has offered assistance to anyone who needs prayers or counselling.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told reporters Saturday evening that the suspect was wounded by officers before he seemingly "took his own life."
Rodger, whose father was the assistant director for one of the "Hunger Games" films, apparently stabbed three males to death within his residence before going on a shooting spree, Brown said. The suspect killed two female students and a male student, identified as Christopher Michael-Martinez. more >>
Seven people are now dead including the suspected gunman Elliot Rodger, 22, after he went on a bloody 10-minute shooting rampage in the Southern California college town of Isla Vista, which also left seven others injured.
According to The New York Times, the gunman is the son of a Hollywood director identified by CNN as Peter Rodger who directed the 2012 film "Hunger Games." He was discovered dead with a bullet in his head after his black BMW crashed. It is unclear if the bullet was self-inflicted or the result of a shootout with police in Isla Vista near the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Alan Shifman, a lawyer for the gunman's parents, said his clients expressed concern to police about a month ago over their son's YouTube videos "regarding suicide and the killing of people." more >>
A gunman sprayed bullets at people late Friday, killing at least six in a drive-by shooting before being found dead from a gunshot wound in his car near the University of California, Santa Barbara. The county sheriff called it "a planned mass murder" by a "severely mentally disturbed" suspect.
At least seven people, including the suspected shooter, were killed and seven others were injured in nine locations in the town of Isla Vista near the campus of the University of California at Santa Barbara at about 9.30 p.m. local time, according to KEYT-TV.
Those wounded were hospitalized either with gunshot wounds or traumatic injuries, and one of them sustained with life-threatening injuries. more >>