Rapper Lecrae made an appearance on "The Tonight Show" Thursday night where Jimmy Fallon congratulated the Christian artist for his No. 1 album, Anomaly on the Billboard music chart.
Lecrae performed alongside Fallon's house band, The Roots, between the show's segments and then took to his Instagram account to express his appreciation for the opportunity to perform on network television, which is a first for a Christian rapper.
"It's a lot to take in. I haven't had time to download it all. I am so grateful for the support. I know I represent something much bigger than me. Thank you! I thank God for a voice into culture. I pray I use it wisely," wrote Lecrae. more >>
NEW YORK — A New York City lawyer that left his family's lucrative practice two years ago to pursue a church plant in Harlem, says he's looking to help spark a revival — that is, a new kind of renaissance in a part of town known historically for being an incubator of the arts and religious life.
Why the play on words?
"It's a nicer way of saying 'revival.' We want to see a renaissance happen, and 'revival' sounds too harsh, it sounds a little too intense," Jordan Rice, 32, told The Christian Post in July. more >>
In a move that may prompt a new meaning to the phrase "monkey trial," a New York appeals court has set the date for arguments in a lawsuit where the plaintiff is a chimpanzee.
The Nonhuman Rights Project will get to argue its case on behalf of Tommy, a chimpanzee in New York state who supporters argue is being unlawfully held against his will.
Oral arguments in the lawsuit, which seeks to established legal rights for an animal, will be heard Wednesday, October 8 before the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, Third Department. more >>
Every day is eventful in New York City. So many people; remarkable energy abounds; Stimulating sounds from every direction. Such a mixture of behaviors and beliefs! The taste and price of freedom. Walking through Grand Central Station as I do most mornings and evenings, I easily imagine visiting the intriguing, intergalactic café in Star Wars episodes. Each day the Lord has made, all precious, including our annual remembrance of 9/11.
September 11, 2014 began for me with the 7:00 AM New Canaan Society men's weekly prayer and Bible study at Rockefeller Center. The attendance of more than 80 men was excellent. Dr. Timothy Keller urged the men to engage in humble trust in God, restoring some child-like attitudes. There was only a passing reference to it being the 13th 9/11 since the vicious attacks on our World Trade Center. Nevertheless, many of us who mingled after the meeting, including some whom I have known for decades, recalled events and opportunities for service that had so united us after 9/11.
From Rockefeller Center I took the subway to St. Paul's Chapel, directly across the street from where the World Trade Center Twin Towers had stood, on the east side of WTC. Thirteen years ago those towers became a huge pile of massive steel, toxic ash, broken concrete, human remains, and burning fuel from the airplanes and massive tanks full of heating oil for the Towers. more >>
Mufid A. Elfgeeh, a 30-year-old man who owns a food store in upstate New York, has been arrested and charged with funding Islamic terrorist group ISIS, attempting to send jihadists to fight with them in Syria and even plotted to gun down U.S. troops, according to Federal authorities.
The Democrat & Chronicle reports that Elfgeeh is the nephew of Abad Elfgeeh, an ice-cream shop owner who was arrested in Brooklyn in 2003, after being accused of being deeply involved in a terrorism network.
Authorities alleged that Abad Elfgeeh funneled millions of dollars to his homeland of Yemen and had links to Osama Bin Laden. In the end, however, he was only convicted of illegally funneling more than $22 million overseas. He is now locked up at the federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, where he is serving a 15-year sentence. more >>
NEW YORK — Contrary to a time when urban areas were abandoned in a rush of white flight to the more racially-homogenous suburbs, eager and excited church planters are now flocking to cities like L.A. and NYC, holding up the banner of God's call in Jeremiah 29:7 to "seek the good of the city." But, according to urban apologist and former church planter D.A. Horton, his peers mostly seem intent on seeking the welfare of the safe and gentrified urban areas.
Horton is also a former pastor and previously served as executive director of ReachLife Ministries. He currently works as the national coordinator of Urban Student Missions at the North American Mission Board, or NAMB.
NAMB is among numerous organizations and networks (like the Orchard Group and Acts 29) that are on mission to evangelize and revitalize cities by training, supporting and sending (usually male) Christians who say they feel called to start a church. With so many new churches being planted and launched (read about a few here, here and here), some observers have expressed concerns that the movement has become a fad. Others, like Horton, have noticed that amid the influx of Millennial-led churches to major cities, some leaders appear to be avoiding, or overlooking the inner city — frequently marked by poverty, high crime and afflicted education systems. more >>