A historic underground church excavated in the Cappadocia region of Central Anatolia in Turkey reportedly has frescoes depicting Jesus Christ destroying the devil's soul, which archaeologists say is a very important find relevant to the Orthodox tradition.
"We know that such frescoes have so far never been seen in any other church," Nevşehir Mayor Hasan Ünver said, according to Anadolu Agency, noting that the building could date back to the fifth century A.D.
"This place is even bigger than the other historical churches in Cappadocia. It was built underground and has original frescoes that have survived to this day," he added. more >>
The ESPN network has temporarily suspended sports commentator Bob Ryan for comments he made describing former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson as a "Bible-pounding phony."
Ryan, who was formerly a sportswriter for the Boston Globe and who now serves as a panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn," was suspended earlier this month after he referred to Jackson as a "Bible-pounding phony" and a "con man."
Jackson, a former NBA player and Golden State Warriors coach, was the focus of a 2012 scandal in which an exotic dancer tried to extort money from him after the two had an extramarital affair and exchanged nude photos.The NBA coach eventually went to the FBI after the extortion plot continued. more >>
For months, Lecrae has been adamant about not being labeled a Christian rapper. Now, he is revealing that he believes Christians, as a whole, are stereotyped.
"For a lot of people, groups, Christians included, issues are homogenized and so to be a Christian I'm either this staunch conservative Republican or I'm this tree hugging liberal," Lecrae told CNN last week. "You're stereotyped. It's almost assumed that people know what your issues are going to be."
The 35-year-old Christian rap artist who was the first to simultaneously top both the Billboard gospel music charts and the Billboard 200 with his 2014 album Anomaly, has been involved in the Black Lives Matter movement. Although he took part in the Ferguson, Missouri, protests after Michael Brown, who had committed a strong-arm robbery was shot and killed by a white police officer in 2014, Lecrae admits that he has received flack for it. more >>
After 20 years of marriage, Kirk Franklin says being unfaithful to his wife would be comparable to cheating on God, and advises men not to cheat on their children and the Kingdom of God in search of something "newer."
"Men can be dumb at times, and want what's newer, fresher, or what our other 'head' thinks is better. But to fail Tammy is to fail God. To cheat on Tammy is to cheat on the Kingdom, my children, and even you. Those who trust me to chase Christ with everything I got," Franklin said, according to BET. "I'm not perfect, but I'm still in love with Tammy."
The 46-year-old gospel music recording artist, songwriter and producer revealed that the pair met when they were young. Although Tammy came from a good family, Kirk did not and was challenged to change by his future wife. more >>
Season 11's "American Idol" finalist Colton Dixon married his longtime girlfriend Annie Coggeshall at the top of the year and is now celebrating God's blessing on their marriage after waiting until their wedding night to be intimate.
Dixon, 24, proposed to Coggeshall, 27, at Disney World in Florida last September and the happy couple married on Jan. 8 in Nashville, Tennessee. In a recent interview after returning from their honeymoon bliss in Tahiti, the Christian rocker talked about how different it is for them traveling together now that they are married.
"It was kind of strange: we checked into the room and realized, 'We actually get to go to sleep side by side! This is so cool!'" Colton told People. "Anywhere we've traveled before, we've always gotten two hotel rooms. We wanted to remain pure in that area." more >>
During a Monday campaign event in Iowa, Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton explained how her Christian faith has guided her views on politics and life.
At a campaign rally at a local school gymnasium in Knoxville, Iowa, the former Secretary of State, who rarely discusses her Methodist faith and upbringing on the campaign trail, explained to the small crowd that she is indeed a "person of faith."
Clinton's discussion on her faith was not planned as it was a response to a question posed by 36-year-old high school guidance counselor Jessica Manning. more >>