Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church in Southern California with her husband, Rick Warren, gave an emotional speech on Saturday afternoon for International Survivors of Suicide Day, saying that her 27-year-old son, Matthew, who took his life earlier this year, shouldn't have died the way he did, but she's comforted and grateful that he's now in heaven and his "broken mind" is finally healed.
"I've received enormous comfort from being able to say out loud, 'This is not how it should be,'" said Warren in a quivering voice at the event hosted at the church's Lake Forest campus. She was quoting a Steven Curtis Chapman song called "God is in Control" off of his CD Beauty Will Rise, which he wrote after his 5-year-old daughter was accidentally run over by her older brother. Kay said she listened to this Chapman song several times a day and it comforts her soul and spirit.
"This is not how it should be. This is not even how it could have been. But it is how it is," said Warren. "And to acknowledge that it wasn't in its destiny, but this is how it is. And I still, at the end of the day, trust in God's goodness." more >>
Actor Will Ferrell dressed up as his famous character Ron Burgundy to pay a visit to talk show host Conan O'Brien on the Wednesday airing of "Conan" on TBS. Ferrell was there to promote his upcoming movie "Anchorman 2," performing a comedic song in which the actor showed his support for the embattled mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.
"He's a dear, dear, dear friend," Ferrell told host O'Brien, adding that the mayor is only controversial "because he's so honest." Ferrell showed up to the show dressed in his classic Rob Burgundy wardrobe of a turtle neck, vest and vintage leather jacket layered on top.
Ferrell joined the show's house band to perform a re-election song for Mayor Ford, who was recently stripped of most of his power in Toronto after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine and drinking heavily. In the song, Ferrell warned Ford to not "do anything stupid" to the tune of 1981 Loverboy hit "Working for the Weekend." A jazz flute interlude was even part of Ferrell's comedic performance. more >>
A California pastor is now expressing outrage at a Costco in Simi Valley, Calif., after he stumbled upon a shelf in the store that had Bibles on display as "$14.99 Fiction" while shopping for a gift for his wife last Friday.
"All the Bibles were labeled as fiction," Caleb Kaltenbach, lead pastor at Discovery Church in southern California, told Fox News' Todd Starnes. "It seemed bizarre to me."
The pastor explained that he tried discussing the matter with Costco representatives at the store but no one was available to discuss it. So he snapped a picture of the display and tweeted it to his followers on Twitter. more >>
Boots Hawks, a retired U.S. Army veteran, was suspended without pay from his job just before Veterans Day for including the phrase "God Bless America" under his company email signature.
According to Hawks, who has worked at Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif., for 10 years, he complied with his supervisors' request that he stop using the religious phrase as one of the quotes under his email signature, but informed them that he would also seek legal counsel about the situation.
Thousands of people in San Francisco, Calif., helped a five-year-old leukemia survivor fulfill his wish of being Batman for a day. President Obama did his part by appearing in a Vine, congratulating Miles Scott, the Batkid, whose heroic efforts saved the "Gotham City" from staged crimes.
"Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham!" Obama said in a short Vine message released by the White House to congratulate the five-year-old.
Politico reports it's the first Vine the White House has published featuring Obama, according to the White House Director of Online Engagement. Obama is among dozens of politicians who have publicly encouraged Batkid. more >>
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Mark DeYmaz, founding pastor of Mosaic Church in central Arkansas and who led the second national conference on multi-ethnic churches, said the movement's goal is to integrate the church ethnically and economically for the sake of the Gospel.
"As far as a movement, our focus is addressing these two glaring systemic problems in the church that we face out of Galatians 3:28. Not men and women so much, but ethnic and economic inclusion," DeYmaz told The Christian Post backstage at the Mosaix 2013 conference held at Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach last week.
DeYmaz, author of the book, Building a Healthy Multi-ethnic Church: Mandate, Commitments and Practices of a Diverse Congregation, said he, along with this wife, Linda, were called by God to plant a multi-ethnic and economically diverse church in Little Rock, Ark., that is reflective of the community the church serves. more >>