Hip hop artist and actor Ja Rule said in a recent interview with HuffPost Live that Hillsong Church NYC's "come as you are" atmosphere helped him welcome God into his life.
The rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Atkins, spoke with Marc Lamont Hill about his experience touring churches to promote his new movie, "I'm In Love With A Church Girl." He was regularly asked during the tour if he was saved or if starring in the film impacted him spiritually, he shared, and he would respond by saying he loved God and believed in Him, but was taking his faith slowly.
"But what I was really saying is: 'I don't feel like I'm a part of this yet. I don't feel welcome,'" he said. more >>
New York City photographer Donato DiCamillo is on a mission to bring awareness for NYC's homeless population. In the city that never sleeps, there are indeed an extraordinary number of impoverished who in fact "sleep" on the streets.
DiCamillo hopes his "Faceless Project" will give a face to a real problem, and inspire people to get out there and do what they can to help.
"As a street photographer I began photographing images of our city's afflicted and homeless, now, realizing how many there actually are I became much more motivated to document them. I am creating a collection of photographs and video clips in hopes to shed some light and educate people on why and how these people wind up living the way they do. more >>
The 17-year-old teen mom Tiona Rodriguez was found to have lied and had given birth to an alive, 8 ½ pound boy that was 8 months old, according to an autopsy. Rodriguez had initially told police that she was 6 month pregnant and had a miscarriage and didn't know what to do with the baby when Victoria Secret security guards had found the corpse in her bag after suspicion that she shoplifted from the store.
Rodriguez, already a mom to a 2-year-old boy, was found to have placed the dead baby in a black plastic bag inside her canvas bag, according to New York Daily News. Security guards at Victoria Secret in Herald Square, New York, had searched her bag for suspected stolen lingerie when they also caught whiff of a strong foul smell emanating from the bag.
After security guards made the gruesome discovery, they contacted homicide detectives to notify them about the decomposing baby in the bag. more >>
Gospel recording artist Deitrick Haddon spoke recently with The Christian Post in an exclusive interview about the inspiration behind the new docu-series "Preachers of L.A." and why Christians need to get over the possessions of the Christian ministers featured in the faith-based program, and instead start focusing on ways they themselves can win souls for Jesus.
Haddon, who stars in the Oxygen network show with five other Southern California ministers (see them here), previously spoke with The Christian Post about his new album, R.E.D. (Restoring Everything Damaged), how his failed first marriage "humanized" him in the eyes of many, and why he turned down lucrative record deals to preach the Gospel. Read part one of CP's interview with Haddon by clicking here.
Below is a transcript of part two of CP's exclusive interview with Haddon, in which the award-winning recording artist also recounts one of the Bible's own "reality show" narratives. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the grandson of the Rev. Billy Graham, says he believes the Christian Church has gone off course, and that he is praying for a new reformation.
Calling 16th century German theologian Martin Luther one of his heroes, Tchividjian recently told The Christian Post that he believes the church has been placing an unbiblical, and burdensome, emphasis on "performancism," instead of sticking to "Sola gratia," or as he puts it, "one way love."
"Church is the one place where people who are weary and heavy-laden should be able to come and find rest, so that when they leave they feel lighter that the pressure's off. They're reminded that everything you need, God has done for you in Jesus and given to you," said Tchividjian. "Oftentimes, people don't leave worship services feeling like that. They feel more burdened, because they've been given a to-do list. They've been given a checklist of things they must do if they're gonna be a good Christian, a checklist of things they must do if they want God to really love them and even like them. I'm trying through this book to maybe help the church make some sort of a paradigm shift." more >>
NEW YORK – Comedian Stephen Colbert cracked jokes at major Catholic figures such as Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and Pope Francis during Thursday's Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, which raised $3 million in charity for children.
Colbert, a Roman Catholic who teaches Sunday school, declared himself "America's most famous Catholic" in his opening remarks, according to The Associated Press, then turned to Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops:
"I know what the cardinal is thinking: 'Stephen, pride is a sin.' Well, Cardinal, so is envy, so we're even." more >>