Joni Eareckson Tada, an international advocate for people with disabilities, had unsuccessfully pleaded with Brittany Maynard to reconsider ending her life under Oregon's Death With Dignity Act. Maynard's decision to end her suffering from terminal, inoperable brain cancer on her own terms prompted critics to lash out at her decision. But Tada, a quadriplegic and breast cancer survivor, says the focus should not be on Maynard or her family, but on the organization that used the 29-year-old as "a poster child" for its right-to-die cause.
In a CP Newsroom discussion this week, Tada, who has been a quadriplegic for 48 years, reminded those critical of Maynard's decision "that it was 'death with dignity' advocates, like Compassion & Choices, who drove the attention surrounding Brittany."
"They used Brittany's family, they used her as a poster child for their cause. So I don't fault Brittany so much or her family so much. They were persuaded by a strong right-to-die advocate group to not only seek physician-assisted suicide, but to go public," said Tada. more >>
In Agents of the Apocalypse, Dr. David Jeremiah, noted author and Bible teacher, takes a new approach to unpacking what is possibly one of the Bible's most popular yet confusing books — and he recently shared his thoughts on why America seems absent from the Book of Revelation and other prophetic writings regarding the eschaton.
Revelation, the final book of the Christian Bible, has long served as a source of inspiration and speculation for pulpits, printing presses, and movie studios. The colorful apocalyptic work is credited in the text to Jesus Christ's "servant John," also described as a prophet. John, not to be mistaken with Jesus' apostle, some scholars argue, tells of experiencing several visions, some of them related to future happenings, such as Jesus Christ's Second Coming and God's final judgment of the world.
Apocalyptic work by its nature reveals hidden or secret things, but, perhaps unlike John's original audience in the first century, modern Christians have long wrestled over possible meanings of Revelation's pervasive and perplexing symbolic imagery. more >>
A former New York pastor was sentenced to 30 months in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. Members of his congregation said he claimed to be the victim of a "conspiracy between the FBI and gay community," according to prosecutors.
Zackary Dressner, 38, who pastored at Southeast Bible Baptist Church in Penfield, pleaded guilty in June to obscenity related charges. WHEC reports that he was arrested in November 2011 "after FBI agents found two videos and some images of child porn on his computer."
Members of his congregation have written emails and letters to prosecutors in the case where they revealed that Dressner "has been telling the Southeast Bible Baptist Church and the parish leaders that he was the victim of a conspiracy between the FBI and the gay community," Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley Tyler wrote in court documents, according to the Democrat & Chronicle. more >>
Parents of a new baby girl in Buffalo, New York are thanking God for sending "two angels" after they became stranded in a snowstorm on Tuesday.
In the midst of a lake-effect snowstorm that buried western New York earlier this week, Bethany Hojnacki of south Buffalo went into labor in the early morning hours on Tuesday. Making matters worse, the new mother could not get to the hospital due to the severe weather, and she and her husband became stranded roadside. Speaking to CNN's Anderson Cooper, Bethany's husband Jared Hojnacki revealed that they miraculously received help with their daughter's arrival along the way.
"It was kind of incredible," Hojnacki said on Wednesday. "God really put the people who needed to be in the right spot for us at the right time." more >>
A massive snowstorm has killed at least seven people and left many more stranded in their vehicles in Buffalo, New York, and affected several other Great Lake states, including northern Wisconsin and Michigan. Further snow is expected to hit Buffalo on Thursday, which was buried under six feet of snow and declared a state of emergency.
"This storm is an extraordinarily difficult situation, with snowfall that may break records. We are prepared, but we need residents to stay off the roads so that first responders can do their work and keep people safe," New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
"Although the sun may be shining, we are using this opening to clear roads before the snow begins falling again. This is an opportunity to be a good neighbor and check on your fellow New Yorkers to see if they need assistance, but I urge everyone to stay off the road." more >>
David Jeremiah, founder of Turning Point Ministries and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California, is returning to New York City for another celebration, following a 2013 event that drew thousands to the city.
"One of the things we found out last year — we were at the Theater at Madison Square Garden last year, and it was a very special night for us because we introduced a brand new study Bible that we had worked on for so many years. It was a night of celebration," Jeremiah told The Christian Post.
"But what we learned is that many of the friends of our ministry, many of the people who live in that greater New York area love coming to the city, and especially if there's a spiritual event there at the center of it. So we decided to do it again this year at a smaller venue," he added. more >>