Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas, is leading a controversial sermon series called "Wild" which uses live animals, including lions, as part of his presentation.
A video from an observer shows the megachurch pastor preaching at an Easter Sunday open-roof sermon holding a lamb before the congregation, while a lion inside a cage stands next to the stage. The video shows a handler walking around the cage trying to get the animal's attention, and the lion responding by bustling around the small enclosure before the curious onlookers.
Pastor Young's "Wild" sermon series also includes other exotic animals like giraffes and elephants, local television news station WFAA reported. The "Wild" series is part of Fellowship Church's initiative to teach children about animals and their role in God's creation. According to Young, God's use of a lion and a lamb are meant to demonstrate Jesus Christ's role as both animals, as the Bible refers to Jesus as the "lamb of God" as well as the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah." more >>
A woman who immigrated to Israel to help preserve the Canaan dog, an Israeli breed believed to have made multiple appearances in the Bible, is now at risk of losing her home, and her kennel, due to a lawsuit filed by the Israel Lands Authority.
Sha'ar Hagai Kennels was started by Myrna Shiboleth about 42 years ago when she moved into an isolated, abandoned building in Israel and renovated it to make it suitable for both her and the dogs.
Shiboleth told The Christian Post via email on Friday that people in Israel generally object to having kennels inside settlements, so she decided to live on the outskirts. The building she moved into was originally thought to be owned by Mekorot, the Israel water company that she paid her rent to for years, but she eventually found out the land was actually the property of the Israel Lands Authority (ILA). more >>
New York City's Grand Central Station has agreed to host a replica of the world's largest snake to ever live - the titanoboa.
The 48-foot-long, 2,500-pound replica is about the size of a school bus, and arrives at the commuter hub Thursday. The reptile display is a part of the promotion of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian spokesperson Randall Kremer said the titanoboa will "scare the daylights out of people" as part of an effort to "communicate science to a lot of people." more >>
Nathan Adams has a big fish tale to tell friends! The angler recently caught a 738-pound Pacific bluefin tuna off the coast of New Zealand, which may be a new record.
According to reports, Adams was fishing as part of a competition off Houhora, New Zealand. The competition was sponsored by the International Game Fish Association, which is still searching to see if Adams' catch is, in fact, a world record. If approved, it will claim the title of largest catch and bump off the current leader, a 716-pound Pacific tuna.
This is not the first large catch for Adams, even within the same competition. He also took home a 788-pound black marlin, which set a record for the Muriwai Sport Fishing Club. more >>
A couple has found a most unusual creature in their traps to keep squirrels away: a extremely rare purple squirrel.
Percy and Connie Emert keep several traps in their yard to keep squirrels away from bird feeders; the traps are cage-like and the confined squirrels are then released into the woods.
However, Percy told reporters his wife caught a very elusive creature in one of the traps. "I came home one day, recently, and my wife said, 'You're not going to believe it, but I saw a purple squirrel in the yard. So I put a trap out a trap with a couple of peanuts inside." more >>
The head of a national chapter of the Ku Klux Klan is siding with the law in a property battle between an African-American church and a white nationalist shop in South Carolina.
As previously reported by The Christian Post, a circuit judge in Laurens, N.C. ruled earlier this month that New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church is the rightful owner of a building that also houses The Redneck Shop, an infamous white power shop and KKK museum.
The white supremacist store began in 1996, only for one of the klansmen behind it to sell the property deed to the Rev. David Kennedy's church after a dispute with another KKK member a year later. The decision continues courting controversy given the awkward living arrangements between the black church and the white shop at the historic Echo Theater. more >>