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 >>
A powerful video of nearly 500 U.S. Marines at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California declaring "there is no God like Jehovah" in an inspirational rendition of the Christian worship song "Days of Elijah," is taking the Internet by storm.
Merrie Pardee Baldwin, the Christian volunteer who first posted the video of the worshipful Marines to her Facebook page Sunday, told The Christian Post in an interview Friday that she is hoping the video inspires Americans to pray for the Marines, many of whom are worried about the situation with ISIS in the Middle East.
"I'm really happy that this video has gone viral, but the thing that I'm hoping for is that I want people to pray for our troops. That's my intention. I want more people praying for our troops because there is so much bad news in the media that I want people seeing something positive," she continued. more >>