Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz commented in a recently aired CNN feature on his megachurch why he refuses to publicly express his position on homosexuality by noting that Jesus, who "was in the thick of an era where homosexuality … was wildly prevalent," did not address the issue "on the record in front of people."
Lentz made the remark when CNN reporter Poppy Harlow noted in an interview with the pastor and his wife, Laura Lentz, "Every article I've read about you guys says you decline to discuss gay marriage."
"Yes, it's a misquote because I do discuss it, just not the way people want me to," said Lentz. "When it comes to homosexuality, I refuse to let another human being or a media moment dictate how we approach it. Jesus was in the thick of an era where homosexuality, just like it is today, was widely prevalent. And I'm still waiting for someone to show me the quote were Jesus addressed it on the record in front of people. You won't find it because he never did." more >>
The president of St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York, has called for more discussion on stricter gun control following the May 23 shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara, where lone gunman Elliot Rodger killed six people before killing himself.
Franciscan Sister Margaret Carney told Catholic News Service that "if Sandy Hook wasn't enough for people to march to their senators and say, 'We need a new (gun control) law tomorrow,'" she said she doesn't know what will make the difference.
Carney was referring to the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, two years ago, where 20-year-old gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 students and six educators before killing himself. more >>
Pastor Joel Osteen, who already reaches millions around the globe via his weekly television and radio broadcasts, will have access to millions more when his new program, "Joel Osteen Radio" debuts on SiriusXM this fall.
SiriusXM, identified as "the world's largest radio broadcaster measured by revenue," announced in a press release Monday its development of a new exclusive radio channel headlined by Osteen.
"Joel Osteen Radio" will broadcast the Lakewood Church pastor and bestselling author's inspirational messages to SiriusXM's 25.8 million subscribers. Both Joel and Victoria Osteen will host weekly call-in shows, while Sunday sermons from Lakewood also will be added to the lineup. more >>
Stiviano, who is heard in the infamous tape recording in which Sterling goes into a racist rant that led to his lifetime NBA ban and an order to sell the Clippers, was apparently leaving a restaurant by the Gansevoort Hotel with her sister and friends when the assault occurred, CNN reported.
She was followed by two men who yelled racial slurs at her then punched her several times, leaving her face red and swollen, her attorney, Mac Nehoray, shared.
"I believe she will file a police report Monday," Nehoray said, clarifying that she did not immediately file one on Sunday night. more >>
A trailer for the new "Left Behind" movie starring Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray and Lea Thompson released this week was met by a mix of skepticism and excitement from online viewers familiar with the original rapture film headlined by Kirk Cameron.
The new dramatic minute-long trailer for the October 3 feature film states that "no matter where you are, no matter what you believe, one event will change the world" — presumably in reference to the rapture, what the filmmakers describe as the sudden vanishing of millions of people from around the globe. The world is immediately "plunged into darkness," according to the description of the film. "All that remains are their clothes and belongings … and an overwhelming sense of terror."
The 2014 movie is a retelling of the "Left Behind" film based on the popular Christian book series of the same name that was released on home video in 2000 and in theaters the following year. Watch the trailer for "Left Behind" 2014 below: more >>
The phrase "In God We Trust" used on U.S. currency does not violate the U.S. Constitution's Establishment Clause, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled Wednesday to deny the request of atheist Rosalyn Newdow to have the phrase "In God We Trust" removed from all U.S. currency. Newdow, a member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, filed her lawsuit against U.S. Congress in 2013, arguing that the religious phrase violated the U.S. Establishment Clause or the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment.
Newdow argued that the phrase "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency caused a substantial burden on atheists in the country because it forced them "to bear on their persons […] a statement that attributes to them personally a perceived falsehood that is the antithesis of the central tenet of their religious system." more >>