NEW YORK — How much does it cost to show and prove that Christians care about more than just converting people but also take Jesus' mandate to love others as themselves at face value? Well, if you're in New York City, it apparently costs $10 million.
That's the budget set aside (more than 90 percent of which has been raised) for The Luis Palau Association's NY CityServe project that couples Christian evangelism with good works in an effort to build long-lasting relations between believers and their neighbors, and connect believers with other believers.
New York City is home to more than 8 million people, representing various ethnicities, languages and religious beliefs. Protestants, less than 30 percent of the city's population, are scattered throughout the city's five boroughs and gather over the weekend in empty school auditoriums and storefront tabernacles or in big concert halls and equally massive church buildings. more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama's eldest daughter, Malia, landed a summer job totally unrelated to politics. She started an internship working with Lena Dunham on the Williamsburg set of HBO's "Girls."
The 17-year-old presidential daughter has been sighted in Brooklyn delivering coffee for the cast and crew of the popular TV series, Yahoo Celebrity News writes, as well as helping keep the public off the set during filming.
According to U.S. Weekly, Malia has admitted to being a fan of U.S. actress, author, screenwriter, and director/producer, Dunham, and is reported as having gotten along well with the series' star. However, it hasn't been determined how long Obama will be interning on the set of "Girls." more >>
Justin Bieber, 21-year-old recording artist and model, was attending the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, this week and recently shared that the Pentecostal church's New York City pastor Carl Lentz has made a tremendous impact on his life.
Bieber, who has been known to spend time with Lentz, Hillsong NYC co-pastor and worship leader Joel Houston, City Church Pastor Judah Smith, and other influential young Christian leaders, reportedly interrupted a television network's interview with Lentz on Tuesday to state: "I'm glad to know him. He's changed my life."
A Queens, New York City Universalist Church building was struck by a massive lightning bolt Tuesday that set the building ablaze during severe thunderstorms that hit parts of New York and New Jersey, leaving almost 225,000 people without power.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens was hit by a lightning bolt and caught fire during a thunderstorm that rolled through the area on Tuesday evening, according to NYPD. About 60 firefighters responded to the blaze on the roof and the third floor of the sanctuary, according to the FDNY.
The fire was contained to those areas and put out in within 30 minutes. The sanctuary, however, sustained enough damage to make it unusable for the time being, according to a post on the church's Facebook page. more >>
Pages from a copy of the first Bible to be published on a printing press might fetch well over $500,000 at an auction held in New York Friday morning.
Sotheby's in New York will put on auction eight pages from a Gutenberg Bible, with the estimated value listed between $500,000 - $700,000.
According to the Sotheby website entry, the pages come from the 15th century printing of the Good Book, specifically the Old Testament book of Esther. more >>
A 21-year-old New York City resident with alleged ties to ISIS attempted to stab an FBI agent who was searching his home as part of an an ongoing investigation into terrorist-related activities that began with the arrest of a Queens college student over the weekend who was planning a Boston Marathon-type attack on the city.
Fareed Mumuni was arrested in his Staten Island home Wednesday and charged with attempting to murder an FBI agent, conspiring to provide material support to ISIS and planning an attack in the New York area, according to NBC New York.
"As the officers attempted to restrain (him), Mumuni repeatedly attempted to plunge the knife into the torso of an FBI special agent and reached out with his hand in the vicinity of a rifle used by another member of law enforcement," read the criminal complaint. more >>