NEW YORK — Dr. David Jeremiah's fans and friends turned out Thursday night at New York City's Madison Square Garden to help the California pastor celebrate the release of his Jeremiah Study Bible, the culmination of his 40-plus years in ministry. Joining special guests like NYC's own Donald Trump were out of town church groups, local couples and even a few teens who weren't too shy to tell CP what impressed them most about the show — Kari Jobe and MercyMe.
"A Night of Celebration with David Jeremiah & Friends," organized by the Southern Baptist preacher's Turning Point Ministries, packed the 5,500-capacity theater that frequently hosts pop stars like Robin Thicke and will this weekend draw some of Dr. Jeremiah's crowd back for six-time Grammy-winner TobyMac.
But Thursday night was all about celebrating the Bible, God, and Dr. Jeremiah's ministry. more >>
"Preachers of L.A.," the faith-based Oxygen network reality show that Christians seem to love to hate but apparently like to watch in record numbers, has led to online discussions about various hot-button issues. One topic in particular featured in the docu-series that elicited strong responses is "shacking up," or the state of an unmarried couple living together as if they are husband and wife. The situation suggests that a shacking couple is a couple having sex, or facing the temptation to have sex. But is "shacking" even mentioned in the Bible?
In the Oct. 16 airing of episode 2 of "Preachers of L.A." ("Acceptance"), gospel recording artist and former pastor Deitrick Haddon and his fiancée, Dominique dine with Bishop Ron Gibson and his wife, LaVette, for the purposes, according to Haddon, of getting wisdom from the long-time married couple. Despite beginning amicably, the meeting quickly turns south as Bishop Gibson states that "a shaky suspect engagement is indicative of a shaky and suspect marriage." Cutting to the chase, Gibson asks Haddon, "Are you guys shacking?" Haddon, offended by Gibson's question, declares that shacking up isn't in the Bible. Watch a brief clip of the exchange below.
Sammy Lopez, lead pastor of Mighty Fortress Christian Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas, weighed in on Twitter during the noted "Preachers of L.A." episode, dismissing Haddon's suggestion that "shacking" is not in the Bible. more >>
NEW YORK – American Atheists has launched a new billboard in New York's Times Square claiming that "nobody" needs Christ during Christmas.
The 40′x40′ billboard uses motion graphics to ask "Who needs Christ during Christmas?" It then crosses out the word "Christ" and replaces it with "Nobody."
AA President David Silverman said in a statement, "This year, start a new tradition: Don't go to church. You hate it, it's boring; you probably only go because you feel guilty or obligated. Instead, spend more time with your family and friends – or volunteer. There are better uses of your time and money." more >>
A New York pastor has been accused of sexually assaulting his daughter and son.
Roy Harriger Sr., 70, was jailed last week after he was arrested on Wednesday on accusations of "felony sexual conduct, incest and sodomy charges" against his son and daughter, who were between the ages of seven and nine respectively when the alleged acts occurred.
Authorities also believe that there may be as many as 10 victims, but they are unable to prosecute the cases because the allegations date back as far as the 1970s. The two cases that prompted the arrest allegedly transpired in 2000 and 2001. more >>
Three black star Edison Tech High School student athletes in Rochester, N.Y., who refused an officer's command to "disperse" as they waited for their school bus to take them to a basketball game last Wednesday are set to go on trial next week for disorderly conduct charges.
Supporters of the students, including witnesses of the incident as well as a member of the Rochester City School Board and the school's basketball coach, maintain that the students did nothing wrong. Police, however, tell a different story.
"I think the charges should be immediately dropped and I think the district attorney's office should be stepping in and looking at these kinds of matters," Rochester City School Board Member Mary Adams noted in a WHEC Rochester report at the students' arraignment last week. more >>
At least four people are reported dead and another 63 injured after a Manhattan bound Metro-North train derailed in the Bronx, N.Y., early Sunday morning.
Emergency workers and security officials have fanned out at the crash site and confirmed with NBC New York that 11 of the injured are also in critical condition.
Metro-North confirmed that the seven-car 5:54 a.m. train was on its way from Poughkeepsie when it derailed at about 7:20 a.m. The train stopped dangerously close to the water near the Spuyten Duyvil station. Service on part of the Hudson Line has also been suspended indefinitely. more >>