Youth pastors Chad and Julia Veach are set to plant a church in Southern California with the blessing of their pastor, Judah Smith of Seattle's The City Church.
The Veaches recently relocated to Los Angeles, where Chad said they kept sensing God was calling them to for a while. After praying about the church plant, Chad says they are now more than sure that is where their ministry, Zoe Church, is meant to flourish.
"I remember a few years ago listening to Judah preach a message with a tagline, 'A man with a savior is willing to take a risk,'… as we step out in obedience, we keep hearing these words. We're ready to risk it all because He's already risked it all," Chad said in a statement on the church's website. more >>
Francis Chan, pastor and author of Crazy Love, admits that he lacks reverent intimacy with God at times and while he can easily blame his hectic schedule, he says that it is his sin and hypocrisy that are at fault.
Chan says that doing ministry work is a form of expressing love for God but it is not a reason to forget to spend time with Him, which many church leaders do, he explains.
"… I know that I love God. When I sit and think about Him, I'm filled with intense feelings of adoration. I'm convinced that He means more to me than my wife, kids or anyone else on the planet. I just forget to love Him," says Chan in a blog post on Church Leaders. more >>
If Christians were asked to present a logical argument for the atoning death of Christ, many would not have a good answer, says California-based blogger Caleb Flores.
In a recent blog post for The Gospel Coalition, Flores notes that many believers have never thought through the reasons for, and the implications of Jesus' death on the cross, which is why people have a distorted view of what Christ did for humankind, he explains.
"Because of the lack of clarity regarding Jesus' death, deceitful doctrines have crept into our churches," says Flores. "The Scriptures have been twisted into cultural clichés and false teachings about why Christ died, and what was accomplished by his death." more >>
The senior pastor of the largest Latino-led church in San Diego has been named president of The Hispanic Mega Church Association, where he will work to bring the country's largest Hispanic congregations together.
Pastor Sergio de la Mora says isolated churches are no longer relevant to the nation and believes in joining forces as a cohesive and collaborative church at large.
"For every nationality, every demographic and every social circle, today is the dawn of a new day. And our responsibility as the local church is to lead this shift in power and influence by leading our families, communities and nation to experience a Heart Revolution," de la Mora said in a statement. more >>
Deitrick Haddon, star of Oxygen Network's "Preachers of L.A." reality show, admits that he made mistakes in his personal life that led him to fall from grace but after enduring turmoil and criticism, Haddon now feels grounded once again.
The gospel artist has been transparent about his faults on the show by admitting that he left the church he once pastored in Detroit for a life of pleasure in Los Angeles. He also came forward about fathering his first daughter out of wedlock but that is all behind him, he explained.
"I feel like God has given me a second chance at marriage, at life and at ministry. So now I'm determined to do it my way … Do it God's way, but do it with my style," Haddon said in an interview with Centric TV. "I'm solid. I'm sure about myself. I don't need validation from people. I've got God. I've got my focus. I've got my babies, my wife, and I'm good." more >>
Two Catholic academic institutions in California have been told by the state government that their healthcare programs must cover abortions.
Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University were initially given reprieve from being forced to pay for abortions as part of their insurance policies, however, the earlier decision was reversed.
In a letter sent out last month, California's Department of Managed Health Care concluded that "it erroneously approved or did not object to such discriminatory language in some evidence of coverage filings." more >>