Scott Stapp, the born-again Christian frontman of the popular rock band Creed, has opened up about his psychotic breakdown that progressively worsened over last winter and admitted that it was brought on by drug and alcohol abuse while adding that he has also been diagnosed as bipolar.
The Grammy Award-winning 41-year-old made headlines last November when he posted a video claiming that he was broke and "under some kind of vicious attack" from family, friends and even the IRS.
He alleged that they were stealing money from his bank account and doing evil things. In the video, Stapp also explained that he was forced to sleep in his truck for weeks at a time and once didn't have money to eat for two days. more >>
The pastor of a Jacksonville, Florida church defended a decision to post a controversial sign outside his church building that reads "Homosexuals must Repent or Go to Hell."
"Our ministry marquee has been used as a tool to educate, inspire, and caution for over 30 years," said Gene Youngblood, the pastor of First Conservative Baptist Church in Mandarin in a press release Saturday. "Our prayer is that in our small way we may make a difference in the lives of all those who pass by."
"It is my sincere prayer that perhaps 'ONE' practicing Homosexual will have read our sign and will REPENT before it is too late and they are cast into HELL. HELL is a real place and anyone not believing in the reality of HELL will not change the temperature of the FLAMES a single degree." more >>
Less than three months after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it would not bring criminal charges against George Zimmerman in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, the former neighborhood watch captain is back in the headlines, this time due to reports that he suffered a minor injury during a shooting in Lake Mary, Florida on Monday.
The troubled 31-year-old was reportedly seen walking to an ambulance following a shooting that police sources say involved him and another man and took place on Lake Mary Boulevard. It is unclear what exactly transpired or how many gunshots were fired but police spokeswoman, Bianca Gillett, said the shooting may have been triggered by some type of road rage incident, reported CNN.
"He walked normally into the ambulance, so he wasn't being helped or nothing," onlooker Ricardo Berrare told CNN affiliate WESH. "They actually backed up the ambulance next to his driver side so he could walk into the door." more >>
MIAMI BEACH — Christians who have so far avoided controversial "culture war" issues will likely be pulled into those battles as their religious freedom becomes threatened due to gay marriage, Dr. John Inazu warned Monday.
Theologically conservative Christian non-profit organizations, including churches, could face losing their tax exempt status or being shut down, and Christian doctors, lawyers, counselors and other professionals could be forced out of their professions, he explained.
Inazu, associate professor of law and political science at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, was delivering a presentation, "Religious Liberty and the American Culture Wars," at the Ethics and Public Policy Center's "Faith Angle Forum." more >>
A self-described "Catholic Warrior" who recently vandalized a Florida government building's Satanic holiday display has launched an online fundraising effort to continue her crusade.
Susan Hemeryck, who last December attacked a Satanic display in the Tallahassee capitol building, created a page on the website gofundme.com.
Titled "Stand Against Satan," the page calls for help in stopping the Satanic Temple from committing "retaliation" for Hemeryck's actions last Christmas season. more >>
ORLANDO, Fla. — Jimmy King, a Dallas Theological Seminary graduate who now serves as senior pastor of Proclamation Church in Orlando, accused the school said to be one of the top 20 seminaries in the U.S. of not providing him and other black graduates with enough support in finding employment, and further asserted that he was once told, "we've never placed a black graduate to a white church."
King, who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary in 2006 with a master of theology in pastoral ministry and leadership degree, according to his church's website, revealed during The Reconciled Church: Healing the Racial Divide Summit at the Orange County Convention Center last Wednesday that when he went to get help from the school's placement office in his final year they gave him the surprising news.
"In the last year, I went to the placement office, I said 'I'm ready to be placed.' They said, 'we've never placed a black graduate to a white church,'" King recalled before a panel of church leaders, including reconciled church founders Bishop T.D. Jakes, Bishop Harry Jackson, and televangelist and pastor James Robison. more >>