NEW YORK — Jamaal Bernard, associate pastor and chief of operations at the Christian Cultural Center megachurch in Brooklyn, New York, couldn't say enough about the church's founder and his father, A.R. Bernard Sr., as he talked about the importance of legacy for the next generation.
"Legacy from my father — it means a lot. And the reason why it means a lot and is dear to me is that his father denied him. He didn't have a father in his life and I understand that as men, there are four things we have to learn how to be. We have to learn how to be a son, a father, a husband and a grandfather," said Jamaal, addressing several hundred people who had gathered for Movement Day 2015 in New York City last Thursday.
The conference, hosted by the New York City Leadership Center, brought together a host of thinkers, movers and shakers from the Christian community to discuss ways of bridging racial, economic and generational divides to move the Gospel forward in cities. more >>
Ever wanted to see a whole new world with Aladdin on his magic carpet? Well, that's what you'll find in New York City.
Using remote control technology, a couple of pranksters recently simulated a low-flying carpet in the Big Apple, wowing passersby.
Dressed as a hip version of the movie character Aladdin from the hit 1990s Disney film of the same name, the rider and his carpet hover about the busy streets of New York. more >>
NEW YORK — When Pete Scazzero founded New Life Fellowship Church in Queens, New York, in 1987 he envisioned a church that would bridge a community across racial, cultural and economic lines.
With members from more than 70 nations eventually filling his pews, Scazzero, who is white, soon realized his vision was in trouble.
"We found ourselves with a church with 70-plus nations with a good 20 to 25 percent African-American with all the racial tension there as well as all the different countries of Latin America with all the racial issues. ... We have a good portion of Asians with Indonesians, Filipinos, Chinese, Koreans and then whites and Eastern Europeans. It was a mess," said Scazzero. more >>
A group representing Latinos in Congress is demanding that Saturday Night Live cancel Donald Trump's scheduled hosting of its next episode.
"Mr. Trump's 'racist remarks' and his continued rhetoric demonizing Latinos and immigrants has created fear within these communities around the country, many of which are represented in Congress," reads the Monday statement from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
"[T]he Congressional Hispanic Caucus urges NBCUniversal to stand by its earlier commitment to end its relationship with Mr. Trump because the values of 'respect and dignity for all people' are more important than ratings and ad revenues." more >>
NEW YORK — A Scripture that had troubled her for 10 years finally revealed its message to the Rev. Brenda Salter McNeil recently. It was an explosive revelation to the Church about the Black Lives Matter movement and it "messed" with her.
"It's been bugging me for at least 10 years," declared McNeil as she opened up her presentation last Thursday at the Movement Day 2015 conference hosted by the New York City Leadership Center.
With the measured cadence of a preacher on fire, McNeil, an associate professor of reconciliation studies in the School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, revealed the scripture that "messed" with her: Mark 2:21-22. more >>
NEW YORK — Six years ago when she was still named Catherine Rohr, Catherine Hoke, 38, was an object of shame and she wanted to die.
The Christian founder of the nationally acclaimed Prison Entrepreneurship Program had found herself deep in the throes of a sex scandal that collided with everything she was supposed to believe and she just wanted to end it all.
"I hated my guts. I tried to kill myself. I was covered in the thickest wall of shame in my life. I could not even believe it," said Hoke, after delving uncomfortably into her past to tell the mostly Christian audience gazing at her svelte frame about what she had done. more >>