Rob Bell, former megachurch pastor and bestselling author, will finally have his new self-help show premiere on the Oprah Winfrey Network next month, just a few days before Christmas.
A press release from OWN claims that on "The Rob Bell Show," the Christian author "shines a bright light on the topics we most want to talk about but don't know where to begin."
"The special focuses on the universal desire to create a life of meaning, hope, and joy –- making peace with your past, living and thriving in the present right here, right now," adds the press release. "Whether you're spiritual, cynical, religious, or not quite sure, Rob invites you into the questions, wrestling with what it all means and why we find spiritual topics so fascinating." more >>
An ornate wooden crucifix made in Italy and a statue of the Virgin Mary miraculously survived a four-alarm fire that destroyed much of the historic Holy Cross Catholic Church in San Jose, California, that over 100 firefighters battled on Sunday.
On Monday, as firefighters kept onlookers and pedestrians a safe distance away from the church they believed might cave in, they were able to hoist the crucifix out of the smoldering 108-year-old church as members of the parish watched in amazement.
Members of church were stunned to see that the beloved crucifix remained intact despite the rest of the building being burned to the ground, according to Rev. Firmo Mantovani who serves at the church. more >>
A California photography company has announced that it will no longer shoot wedding photography after gay activists protested against the business claiming it "denied" service to a same-sex couple for their wedding.
Nang and Chris Mai, the operators of the Bay Area-based Urloved Photography, posted to the company's website earlier in November that they'll no longer photograph weddings after they were harassed by LGBT activists for referring a gay couple seeking their service to another photographer instead of shooting the wedding themselves.
The Mais, who specialize in weddings, events and family portraits, say they've had to do away with wedding photography because they don't want to sacrifice their personal beliefs against same-sex weddings in order to abide by California's buisness discrimination laws. more >>
A photographer based in California has sought to translate the Holy Bible into quite possibly the newest language known to mankind: emoticons.
Kamran Kastle wants the Good Book, which has been translated into thousands of languages over the generations, to be available in emoticon form, also known as "Emojis."
"Kamran also volunteers his time at a charity that teaches filmmaking to underprivileged schoolchildren - Los Angeles Film Society (losangelesfilmsociety.org). After administering a Movie Screening of 'Ben-Hur' (1959) a good number of the inner city students sitting before him expressed never having read the Bible," reads a Kickstarter crowd-funding page that explains his reasoning for the emoticon Bible. more >>
Chris Picco, a Christian worship leader whose wife and newborn son died just days apart, brought new meaning to the popular 1968 Beatles hit song "Blackbird" after a recording of him singing the song to his young son shortly before he died went viral on the Internet.
The recording of the touching moment posted to YouTube Wednesday had been viewed close to 7 million times shortly after noon on Friday.
A description accompanying the video explains the narrative behind it. more >>
In an effort to prevent what happened last Christmas season to a first grader at a California school who was stopped by his teacher from passing out candy canes with a Christian message to his classmates, religious freedom lawyers have filed a request for a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Last year, when Isaiah Martinez brought his Christmas gifts to Merced Elementary in the West Covina Unified School District, his teacher took possession of the candy canes. At the direction of the school principal, the teacher instructed Isaiah that "Jesus is not allowed in school" and she removed the candy cane messages from each candy cane, threw the messages in the trash, and handed the candy canes back to Isaiah for delivery to his classmates, according to Advocates for Faith & Freedom.
Isaiah then "nervously handed the candy canes to his classmates in fear that he was in trouble for trying to bring a little Christmas cheer and 'good tidings' to class," AFF stated. The canes no longer had a message attached that recited the legend of a candy maker who created the candy cane to symbolize the life of Jesus Christ. more >>