Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday before the United Nations in New York that those who support the fight against ISIS but not Palestinian group Hamas don't understand how similar the two Islamic militant groups really are. He also said that Iran and its nuclear capabilities are even more dangerous than ISIS.
"Last week, many of the countries represented here rightly applauded President Obama for leading the effort to confront ISIS, and yet weeks before, some of these same countries, the same countries that now support confronting ISIS, opposed Israel for confronting Hamas. They evidently don't understand that ISIS and Hamas are branches of the same poisonous tree," Netanyahu asserted.
NEW YORK — The issue of domestic violence took center stage earlier this month when video emerged of NFL player Ray Rice punching wife Janay Rice inside of an Atlantic City elevator. The ugly event prompted numerous discussions, including introspective ones among Christians about how church leadership handles, or mishandles cases of domestic abuse. According to one survivor, biblical illiteracy among church leaders actually enabled her abuser.
Autumn Miles, founder of The Blush Network and author of the Appointed: Your Future Starts Now, spoke with The Christian Post about her own past as a domestic abuse victim and how growing up as a preacher's kid in a conservative church actually enabled her abuser.
According to a LifeWay Research survey published in June, pastors seldom preach about domestic violence, although a majority of these leaders consider domestic violence to be a pro-life issue. more >>
Blogger Pamela Geller is pulling ads she was to run in New York City's transit system featuring James Foley with the masked militant who killed him due to objections made by the slain journalist's family, religious leaders and officials.
The ad, paid for by the American Freedom Defense Initiative and which shows Foley before his beheading by ISIS militants, are being pulled after criticism by the journalist's parents, religious leaders from different faiths and city officials, The Associated Press reported.
Geller's attorney said that Foley's family has been notified about the pulling of the ads, and it has been communicated that "Geller understands and feels intimately the pain" they are suffering. more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee, an award-winning MC, author and speaker, embraces the uniqueness of being a "pastor-rapper," but he has some frustrations with a hypocritical hip-hop industry as well as with Christians who kick against his particular brand of artistic and cultural expression.
Lee's dual career path is a contrast in many ways to that of another popular rapper and pastor, Mason "Ma$e" Betha. Betha has swung between putting in time at the pulpit and laying out tracks in the studio, leaving some fans and observers confused with the apparent inconsistencies.
Lee, 26, told CP he has never felt any serious tension between his love for rapping and his call to ministry. more >>
NEW YORK — Trip Lee, award-winning rapper, author and influential speaker, gave a few fans an exclusive preview of his upcoming fifth studio album, Rise, during a recent private listening session in New York City.
Although the special Rise listening session was a treat for fans, Trip and Producer Gawvi clearly were having most of the fun, unpacking each track and sharing how the whole album came together through a year-long process.
While Gawvi said he was honored and grateful to work with Trip on Rise, the rapper said he felt likewise and thought the LP features some of the producer's best work. In addition to being good friends, Trip and Gawvi are both signed to Reach Records, the label founded by Lecrae. more >>
NEW YORK — Hundreds of NYC-area nonprofit and church leaders — young and old, red and yellow, black and white — are mobilizing as one body for the very first time in an effort to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in one of the world's most unique urban centers, thanks to an initiative organized by the Luis Palau Association.
New York City has seen a surge in the past decade or more of contemporary, Millennial- and usually white male-led churches, who stand in contrast, in some ways, to the old guards who put down spiritual roots in the big city decades ago.
Among the veteran leaders are people like Jim Cymbala (Brooklyn Tabernacle) and African-American pastors and civic leaders A.R. Bernard (Christian Cultural Center) and Floyd Flake (Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral), whose combined congregations number more than 60,000 New Yorkers. more >>