Rick Cole, pastor of the megachurch Capital Christian Center in Sacramento, California has ditched the comfort of his home and has pledged to live on the streets of the city's downtown area for up to two weeks or until he has raised $100,000 to help fund a program called "Winter Sanctuary" that provides food and shelter for the homeless at churches in the area during the winter months.
"Tomorrow, I'm going downtown on light rail, I picked up my light rail pass today…I've never ridden light rail in my life, not even once, not even for fun, and so that's gonna be my mode of transportation for the next two weeks and we'll adjust as we go along the way and we'll communicate to you as we go along the way," Cole explained in a sermon to his congregation Saturday.
"That's what I believe God wants me to do and what we're gonna do together," Cole continued. "I'd like us just to make our prayer about God's power to touch our city…This idea is not very old, probably about two or three weeks old and every step along the way it's only gained momentum and excitement. My wife even has grown Ok with it. That was a miracle all by itself so we are excited about the many things I think God wants us to do with this particular project and how we can grow and impact this community." more >>
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — Evangelist Greg Laurie read a recent letter from Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is still being held as a prisoner in Iran two years after being arrested for his Christian faith, to his daughter during a somber prayer vigil held at the city of Newport Beach's civic center Friday at noon.
The imprisoned pastor was able to write a letter to his daughter, Rebekkah Grace, for her eighth birthday on Sept. 12.
"You are growing so fast and becoming more beautiful every day," he wrote in the letter released by the ACLJ. "I praise God for His faithfulness to me every day as I watch from a distance through the prison walls and see pictures and hear stories of how you are growing both spiritually and physically." more >>
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Family members of Pastor Chuck Smith, the founder of Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, have filed a lawsuit against the church, claiming elder abuse and wrongful takeover of his property, according to local news reports and court records. Smith had been struggling with lung cancer and died last October.
UPDATE: A Facebook post by son, Chuck Smith, Jr., was forwarded to The Christian Post by a Facebook friend of his over the weekend that indicates in a letter that he is in strong disagreement with the lawsuit. Because it was unclear if the post came from a private profile page, a decision was made to not run any portion of the letter from Chuck Smith, Jr. until approved. A full, updated article is scheduled for publication.
The suit was filed on behalf of Smith's wife, Kay, by daughter, Janette Smith Manderson. It has been reported that Kay Smith has dementia. According to the lawsuit, Smith's illness and resulting death was exacerbated by the negligent care of a nurse, chosen by his son-in-law, Brian Brodersen. more >>
The redesign of Christ Cathedral by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, which is set to cost close to $113 million, will feature an illuminated sanctuary and host up to 8,000 people during outdoor mass, new plans revealed.
"Through this innovative design process, an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the word of God proclaimed and a place for personal prayer and devotion," Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said earlier this week. "It will be a holy place, where God dwells among us."
The Orange County Register reported that the goal is to turn the 35-acre campus, the site of Rev. Robert Schuller's former Crystal Cathedral, into a center of Catholic life 'that blends both traditional design elements and modern architecture.' more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.
New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
SBC made the move after New Heart's pastor Danny Cortez and some of its members declared that homosexual unions could be blessed by God. more >>
A mega entertainment company has acquired a 55 percent stake in the production companies owned by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, the executive producers behind the Emmy-nominated "The Bible" series.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. will create United Artists Media Group to serve as a home for Downey and Burnett's entertainment ventures, which includes a faith-based channel. The acquisition also involves Hearst Entertainment Inc., an investor in Burnett and Downey's One Three Media and LightWorkers Media production entities.
"Roma and I are absolutely thrilled to be in business with Gary Barber (MGM CEO) and MGM while at the same time maintaining our amazing relationship with Steve (Hearst CEO) and Hearst," Burnett said in a statement. "I am honored to become the CEO of United Artists Media Group. Together we look forward to growing our television, film and digital business while also creating a whole new platform of entertainment." more >>