SAN DIEGO – Rapper and spoken word artist Propaganda says current church leaders demonstrate their authenticity in ways that preachers of previous generations never did, and are beginning to attract a wave of young unbelievers in the process.
"I think it has a lot to do with authenticity because what we're finding now is that there are dudes that don't say, 'yo, if you come to Jesus, all your problems will be solved and if you struggle it's because you don't have enough faith ... ' You have dudes now telling the truth and admitting that they are sinners," Propaganda told The Christian Post at The Heart Revolution Conference at Cornerstone Church in San Diego Thursday.
Fresh off the last leg of his tour for his album "Crimson Cord," Propaganda performed and shared his poetry at the conference. His main message was that the church should be known as a leader in today's culture but the challenge is to not compromise the Gospel's core message. more >>
A gunman has killed two men and a woman, and wounded two others, with his semiautomatic rifle in a residential neighborhood of Pasadena, Calif., Saturday afternoon. He also opened fire on police, but was later persuaded by negotiators to surrender.
Several residents called 911 for help after hearing shots being fired Saturday. On arriving at the scene, police found the gunman barricaded in a home after "shooting indiscriminately" at people passing by, Lt. Vasken Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department was quoted as saying.
The suspect, identified as 35-year-old John Izeal Smith, of Pasadena, also fired heavily on officers, police said. more >>
A pastor and two members of his small Corona, California, church pleaded guilty Monday to torturing and threatening the life of a 13-year-old boy whose mother had asked them to teach her son how to be a man after he sexually assaulted his 7-year-old sister.
According to a report from The Press Enterprise, Pastor Lonny Lee Remmers, 56, who leads the Heart of Worship Community Church, pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly non-firearm weapon and inflicting corporal injury on a minor.
Two of Remmers' parishioners, Nicholas James Craig, 24, and Darryll Duane Jeter Jr., 30, also pleaded guilty to making criminal threats and inflicting corporal injury on a child. They will serve a year in home confinement and three years probation for their crime in the bizarre case. more >>
Christian preacher Francis Chan and his wife, Lisa Chan, have written a new book for couples who may be so caught up in trying to have the perfect marriage that they have unwittingly made their union, spouse or children into idols.
"The whole idea behind it is, sometimes couples can get so wrapped up on things here to where they're not focused on the kingdom," explains Mr. Chan in a promotional video for You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity.
In the video, Lisa Chan suggests that marriages are about a mission, and not "about how satisfied and happy are we with one another." Her husband points to 1 Corinthians 7, where the Apostle Paul discusses marriage as a potential distraction. Mr. Chan notes that "he was saying how we want to secure undistracted or undivided devotion to the Lord." more >>
Burger King has introduced the new "Gay Pride Whopper" in San Francisco with a message inside the rainbow-colored wrapper reading "we are all the same inside."
"It showcases who we are as a brand," said Fernando Machado, senior vice president of global brand management at Burger King, according to USA Today. "It shows how we, as a brand, believe in self-expression."
The fast-food chain also said it would post a video online on Wednesday showing scenes from San Francisco where the "Proud Whopper" is being sold. more >>
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the case regarding the Mt. Soledad cross war memorial in San Diego, California, and sent the case back to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wrote that the case's appeals process must be fully exhausted before it can be addressed by the higher court. A U.S. district judge had ruled against the cross back in December, but issued a stay in his ruling, so those defending the cross may appeal it.
The Mount Soledad Memorial Association then petitioned the Supreme Court, asking if they could circumvent an appeal in the 9th Circuit and receive a Supreme Court ruling to settle the constitutionality of the cross once and for all. more >>