"American Idol" wrapped up its very last season and show Thursday night in an action-packed, star-studded finale that included memorable performances from a array of talent, including Christian artists Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Contestant Trent Harmon was crowned the 15th and final "Idol" winner, besting runner-up La'Porsha Renae. Leading up to those last few tense moments between the two fellow Mississippians before the winner was announced, "Idol" put on a finale to remember with thrilling performances by the show's alumni, including its very first winner, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, David Cook, Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Jordin Sparks, and fan favorites like Kimberley Locke, David Cook, Joshua Ledet, George Huff, Colton Dixon and Danny Gokey.
Sporting a blonde Mohawk, Dixon performed his touching Christian hit "Through All of It," as he played the piano. The song's poignant lyrics, which brilliantly captured the moment for the night's two anxious finalists and the show as a whole, include: "I have won and I have lost, I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life's been a journey. I've seen joy, I've seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it." more >>
A pastor who made the first half-court shot to win a new car from Folsom Lake Ford/Folsom Lake Kia at a Sacramento Kings game in California this season says he thinks angels carried the ball through the net.
Senior pastor at the Center of Praise Ministries in Sacramento, Joseph Sissac told church volunteer Jonno Strickling in a reaction video that he was overjoyed at making the shot but believes he had some divine help.
"I feel great. I'm overjoyed. I'm so excited and just blessed. Thankful for the opportunity and thankful that the ball went through the net," Sissac said with a laugh as he recalled how flawlessly the ball went through the hoop touching nothing else "but net." more >>
A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the Christian cross on the Los Angeles County Seal in California is unconstitutional.
The cross on top of a depiction of the San Gabriel Mission, which appears on the seal among other symbols of county history was reinstated by a divided Board of Supervisors by a vote in 2014, according to the L.A. Times.
The supervisors were sued by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and a group of religious leaders and scholars, who argued that the cross on the seal unconstitutionally favored Christianity over other religions. more >>
California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who ordered the raid on the apartment belonging to the producer of last year's undercover Planned Parenthood videos, was accused of being "in bed" with the abortion giant as she is actively using her Senate campaign to advocate for the organization.
Pro-life activists are accusing Harris, an avid Planned Parenthood supporter, of having a severe conflict of interest after she ordered the search of Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden's apartment in Orange County on Tuesday, in which Daleiden's laptop, hard drives and yet-to-be released undercover videos were seized.
Harris, who is running for the United States Senate seat vacated by retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, is using her campaign website to encourage visitors to sign a petition calling on federal lawmakers not to strip Planned Parenthood of its over $500 million in annual federal funding, a move brought on by conservatives last year after the release of CMP's series of undercover videos. more >>
Even if one is a committed Christian, there are things Jesus taught in the Bible that are hard to follow and one simply wishes Jesus never said them.
That's why Mariners Church in Southern California is tackling these difficult teachings that people want to ignore head-on in its latest series, "Things I Wish Jesus Never Said," this past weekend. Pastor Doug Fields, who is now executive director of HomeWord's Center for Youth/Family at Azusa Pacific University but formerly served at Mariners Church and Saddelback Church, was the guest preacher to kick off the series about hard truths.
Fields examines Mark 10: 17-30, when a wealthy man asks Jesus what he can do to have eternal life. Jesus replies by telling him to sacrifice, a word Christians rarely like to hear, Fields says. more >>
A father has been charged with the murder of his own son, for reasons that officials say are related to the son's gender preference.
According to Los Angeles Fox News, Shehada Issa said he shot his son multiple times in self-defense after he found his wife's dead body inside their house. While the unnamed mother's death is still being investigated, Issa could possibly face life in prison for the killing of his son, Amir.
Prosecutors said in a statement, "The murder was committed because of the victim's sexual orientation." Neighbors testified that there have been fights inside the house and in the morning of Tuesday, March 29, they heard gunshots. more >>