Christian rapper Amisho "Sho" Baraka Lewis recently led a discussion with fellow recording artist Kareem Manuel and minister D.A. Horton in which they offered Biblical responses to racial and social injustices for an online panel organized by the Urban Youth Works Institute.
Baraka, covered by The Christian Post earlier this year for controversial tracks on his new album Talented 10th, kicked off the hour-long live chat that touched on disparities in the public education system and the U.S. prison system.
"When we talk about racial injustice, the first thing I want to clarify is that race is not a scientific term, a lot of people know that, a lot of people understand that," said Baraka before delving into the discussion. "When we talk about identity one of the things we have to be clear about is that God has communicated that we're all His children. In Peter, how we see that we're all His priesthood, a royal nation. So race is a construct that was created for the intention to identify people. more >>
Noah, Moses, Jesus and Mary — and possibly even Cain and Abel, too, will all have their stories re-told by some of Hollywood's biggest names as filmmakers find themselves once again turning to the Bible for inspiration — and to the U.S. Christian market's more than 90 million evangelicals for a profit.
Before Mark Burnett and Roma Downey's smash hit "The Bible" series aired on The History Channel earlier this year, there were already rumors and reports that director Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan," "The Wrestler") was working on "Noah." Director Ridley Scott also had spilled the beans in an Esquire interview the year prior about his designs for a new telling of Moses, and about his disdain for religion, that would rival Warner Brothers' "Gods and Kings," another Moses epic reportedly being considered by director Ang Lee since Steven Spielberg dropped the project.
Hollywood husband-and-wife duo Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice") and Downey ("Touched by an Angel") broke ratings records this Spring for the History Channel by drawing more than 100 million viewers to the cable network's telecast of "The Bible" series. The five-part miniseries also became the top-selling TV series of all time across Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD formats, a boon for distributor 20th Century Fox. The groundbreaking TV project was even nominated for three Emmy awards, which Downey perceived as acknowledgement of the quality of the series. more >>
Four children, all under age 10, and their 37-year-old mother were brutally hacked to death in a murderous rampage at an apartment in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Saturday night, and a family member is currently being held as the main suspect.
The Associated Press reported that the five victims were found in Brooklyn's working class Sunset Park neighborhood, unconscious and unresponsive. Emergency responders pronounced a 1-year-old boy and two girls ages 7 and 9 dead at the scene. The mother and a 5-year-old boy were pronounced dead at Brooklyn hospitals.
Police identified the victims as Qiao Zhen Li, 37; Linda Zhuo, 9; Amy Zhuo, 7; Kevin Zhuo, 5; and William Zhuo, 1, according to CNN. more >>
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been heckled for her handling of the Benghazi attack while speaking at the University of Buffalo in upstate New York this week. Clinton deflected the heckler and continued speaking as he was escorted out of the building.
The heckler blamed Clinton for the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya when it was attacked by a heavily armed group of terrorists in 2012. "Benghazi, Benghazi, you let them die," the heckler chanted for 40 seconds as Clinton continued her planned speech on the importance of political cooperation to achieve progress in the U.S.
The heckler was eventually removed from the bleacher section of the auditorium at the University of Buffalo. As he was led out by security, Clinton addressed him by saying: "Because we can't move from crisis to crisis, we have to be willing to come together as citizens to focus on the kind of future we want," she said, adding "which doesn't include yelling. It includes sitting down and talking." more >>
Religious life in New York City is booming, even while it shrinks in the rest of the country, according to a report by the Barna Group. Christian college professors in the Big Apple not only agree, but argue that the faith boom will inspire a revival across America.
"I think New York is ahead of the curve," Ronald Walborn, dean of Alliance Theological Seminary at Nyack College in New York City, told The Christian Post on Tuesday. He predicts a great revival of faith, and Christianity in particular, throughout the nation.
"Residents of the New York City media market are spiritually more active today than they were in the late 1990s – and more so than they were in 2001," the Barna study reported. Church attendance in the city hit its low in 1999-2000 at 31 percent, but has grown to 46 percent today. Similarly, Bible reading has risen from 29 to 35 percent, and adults with an "active faith" have increased from 17 to 24 percent. more >>
Editors' Note: The Christian Post recently spoke with Pastors Jamie Coots and Andrew Hamblin, stars of the new National Geographic reality show "Snake Salvation," to learn more about their controversial practice of worshipping God with snakes. The extensive interviews with both men, which include questions directly from CP's readers, are featured in four parts. Read part one and part two.
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