With a jury of more than 1,300 Jews who claim Abraham as their father watching, two of New York City's most prominent Jewish attorneys went head-to-head in a mock trial of the biblical patriarch for the attempted murder of his son, Isaac, on Sunday, and the verdict at the end of the intellectual dust-up was unsurprising.
The trial, which lasted about an hour at Manhattan synagogue Temple Emanu-El, according to The New York Post, was prosecuted by disgraced former governor and attorney general of New York Eliot Spitzer, while Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law School professor more popularly known for defending O. J. Simpson, served as Abraham's defense. more >>
A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization.
Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde's proposed club "Dare to Believe."
In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials. more >>
Nick Vujicic, the Christian motivational speaker known as the "limbless evangelist," tells of his journey to finding true love in the new book, Love Without Limits, and the challenges he and his wife, Kanae have faced on their journey to marriage, and beyond.
Being born with tetra-amelia syndrome (without limbs), since his youth Nick had been plagued with the fear that "no woman would ever love me or want to marry me," the Australian-born Serbian evangelist writes in Love With Limbs: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All. "I had many doubts about my fitness as both a husband and a father."
But, as many of Nick's supporters and admirers know, he had nothing to worry about. more >>
NEW YORK — Singer and songwriter Chris Tomlin discussed his latest album "Love Ran Red" with CP Voice last week, and explained why he incorporates the Scriptures in his lyrics.
"You don't want to throw a heresy to the world," he said, when asked if he feels pressured to write theologically sound music for congrergations to sing during worship services. "And that's why I think, for me, a lot of the songs — especially the ones that have any kind of longgevity that have really gone further than me — have really come from the Scriptures. And I find that's the best way. Why not just sing something about what God has already written about himself?"
Thus, by including the Scriptures in his music, those who sing along with their church band or choir during worship services will be reciting God's Word. more >>
NEW YORK — Ferguson, Missouri, — and perhaps the entire nation — is bracing for a grand jury decision on whether or not police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. At least one Christian and social justice activist is calling on people of faith to pray, for whatever might ensue once the verdict is revealed, while local churches are planning for overnight vigils.
If news headlines are any indication — "Missouri Governor Outlines Ferguson Preparations;" "Gun sales spike as Ferguson area braces for grand jury decision;" "New Riot Gear at the Ready in Ferguson" — the atmosphere in the 21,000-person St. Louis suburb is taut with anxiety.
Although no one knows for certain when the grand jury's decision will come, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, whose office will make public the decision, has said in a statement that he does not expect the grand jury to give word "until mid to late November." more >>
Canadian-born pop star Justin Bieber was spotted at Hillsong Church in New York City Sunday with models Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin.
"No doubt, the rumor mill will see Bieber's spiritually-inclined meet with Jenner and Baldwin as a romantic date," wrote Page Mackinley of the Inquisitr. "But, in fact, the 'vonfident' singer has been on a religious retreat of sorts following his split with [Selena Gomez]."
Being at Hillsong for an evening church service is the latest in a series of spiritual outings for Bieber, who's been reeling from controversies surrounding a DUI charge while in Miami and his breakup with Gomez. more >>