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 >>
More than 26,000 people are calling on the Catholic University of San Diego to cancel a "hyper-sexualized drag show" that will be performed on the Christian campus next week.
Catholic University students need "a greater counter-culture of purity and virtue, not a hyper-sexualized drag show that showcases revolt against God's creation of male and female," said John Ritchie, Student Action director for the conservative Catholic group Tradition Family Property that launched an online petition demanding that the university stop the event.
"If Catholic universities do nothing to effectively oppose the homosexual movement, where will students go to learn and admire the eternal truths of the faith?" Ritchie asked. more >>
A number of parents in a suburb of San Francisco are speaking out against a planned LGBT "acceptance week" designed to teach middle school students about the LGBT community.
Parents at Windmere Ranch Middle School in San Ramon, California, have launched an online petition against the school's LGBT acceptance week, which is scheduled to begin Monday, April 11.
If the parents' listed demands are not met by the school, they are threatening to initiate a "walk out." more >>
Hours after she announced her split with Will Kopelman, Drew Barrymore was spotted all-smiles at the Pebble Beach Food 7 Wine event in Carmel, California.
Despite the sad news about her divorce from her husband of almost four years, Barrymore seemed too busy to think of her emotional status as she appeared to be happy and excited during the wine tasting festivities on Saturday.
According to E! News, a video has been posted on the Carmel Road Winery Instagram page wherein the actress invited people to join her at the event. "We are here at the Carmel Road tasting room, so if you are in the Carmel coastline, please come visit us here. It is a gorgeous place to be," she said. more >>
Danny Duchene, who was given a double life sentence but was released from California's Sierra Prison after 32 years, on Pastor Rick Warren's request, was dedicated as a pastor for Saddelback Church's prison ministries this weekend. Duchene shared his spiritual journey with the congregation.
"God can use anybody, even in the most unlikely places," Warren told the congregation in his message, "God Can Use Anybody," and later asked Duchene to share his story, as part of the church's "The Miracle of Mercy" campaign.
Duchene said he's been part of the Saddleback family since 2003, and that he once shared his testimony with the megachurch through the phone from the prison 13 years ago. more >>