NEW YORK — Sex, drugs and rock n' roll — or in this case, hip-hop. Those were the topics of a recent discussion that saw actress April L. Hernandez and rappers Andy Mineo and MC Jin join a NYC pastor on a church stage to share how they came to faith in Christ, and maintain their faith as Christian celebrities.
Hernandez, recently interviewed by Breathecast about her new co-hosting gig with bestselling author Eric Metaxas on "100 Huntley Street," said she had a "prophetic" experience under peculiar circumstances while touring to promote her award-winning 2007 film "Freedom Writers." However, she did not become a Christian until much later, after her boyfriend (now her husband) gave his life to Christ.
As for MC Jin, born Jin Au-Yeung, he credited one of his aunts with helping to till his heart as a kid for the eventual work God would do in his life more than a decade later, by signing him up for Vacation Bible School. The rapper, who recently released his Hypocrite EP said, however, the real turning point came after his rising star soon plummeted after he became the first Chinese solo rapper to sign with a major record label (read more about Jin's story: Evolution of Jin: Former Ruff Ryder's Fall to Grace). more >>
A New York City church known for its controversial signs relating to homosexuality had its marquee vandalized over the weekend, with the culprit writing "God is Gay" on the church sign that previously read "Jesus Would Stone Homos."
Surveillance footage from the weekend shows that a male suspect spray painted his retaliatory message on the sign outside of ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem at around 12:24 a.m. early Saturday. The video shows the male suspect jumping the church's fence, pulling letters from the church marquee and then writing his message, "God is Gay," on both sides of the sign using black spray paint.
According to the New York Daily News, police spent seven hours at the crime scene on Saturday dusting for fingerprints in attempt to catch the vandal. James David Manning, the pastor of the church, told the local media outlet that he hopes the offender will be caught, as he and his congregants "have the right of freedom of speech." The pastor added that vandalism of his sign shows that members of the LGBT community are "outright bullies" and he "expected them to act in a very violent way." more >>
New York, N.Y. -- A bomb scare at the $23 million Greater Allen Cathedral megachurch in Queens, N.Y., temporarily disrupted services on Sunday, forcing the evacuation of the church's 2,500 seat sanctuary.
The church and members shared details of the disturbance through social media Sunday.
"So there was a bomb threat at my church, Greater Allen Cathedral, just as our co-pastor was prepping to preach. The entire sanctuary of 2,500 people, along with all the others downstairs in the Sunday school, church kitchen, etc., had to be evacuated," wrote parishioner Gabby C. Wilkes in a post on Instagram. more >>
NEW YORK — A New York City pastor who leads a congregation in a notoriously seedy neighborhood is determined to transform a shuttered strip club into their new church, and believes a recent witnessing opportunity outside the facility was a sign that God would be bringing "revival" to the city.
"I had an extraordinary conversation with this man who used to be a patron there. He said his life is just a wreck," Pastor Reggie Stutzman of Real Life Church told The Christian Post, relating a chance encounter he had recently with a driver outside of the Platinum Pleasures strip club in Hunts Point, located in NYC's Bronx borough.
The pastor and his congregation, which numbers 50-70 people, have been meeting for prayer every Tuesday evening on the club's sidewalk ever since Stutzman laid eyes on the "For Sale" banner strung across the building last month. more >>
Catholic League President Bill Donohue said that he will not be marching in New York City's gay pride parade with a "straight is great" banner as he initially requested, after objecting to the organizers' rules.
"For the past few days I have been engaged in an e-mail conversation with officials from the Heritage of Pride parade, New York's annual gay event; the dialogue has been cordial. I asked to join the parade under a banner that would read, "Straight is Great." The purpose of my request was to see just how far they would go without forcing me to abide by their rules. It didn't take long before they did," Donohue explained in a statement on Friday, following a request for comments by The Christian Post.
"Today, I informed Heritage of Pride officials that I objected to their rule requiring me to attend gay training sessions, or what they call 'information' sessions. 'I don't agree with your rule,' I said. They responded by saying that attendance was 'mandatory.'" more >>
NEW YORK — The pastor of a new church plant that is officially opening its doors this weekend in New York City's Co-op City is praying that those who are farthest from God will be the ones to walk through their doors.
"We're certainly not going to water down Jesus' message ever. We believe that He's God's Son and we believe that He changes lives today and we believe that He's the only way of salvation," Pastor Mike Tolone told The Christian Post.