The controversy surrounding the shooting of a gorilla in order to save a child's life at the Cincinnati Zoo is evidence of America's skewed perception of human life, megachurch Pastor Perry Noble argues.
Noble, who heads the 27,000-member NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, says in his blog post on Tuesday that he believes "Americans have officially lost our freakin' minds" over the uproar concerning the death of Harambe, a 17-year-old gorilla who was shot at the Cincinnati Zoo in Ohio on Saturday after a 3-year-old toddler fell into the animal's enclosure.
Zoo officials have explained that they made the decision to shoot the gorilla because they feared for the boy's life. more >>
Being a "born again Christian" means you have been adopted into God's family, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who heads the popular Saddleback Church in Southern California, wrote in his daily devotional on Tuesday that there are two ways to enter into God's family: you can either be born into his family, or adopted into it through a "born again" conversion.
The megachurch pastor cites Roman law, which allowed parents to disown their biological children, but prevented them from disowning their adopted children. more >>
Pastor Jamal Bryant of Baltimore's 12,000-member Empowerment Temple Church said he was caught off-guard and without his usual entourage when he was ambushed and told to get out of Baltimore by activist PFK Boom during a community rally last Wednesday.
Boom, whose real name is Davon Neverdon, is co-founder of a group called "300 Gangstas," which seeks to reach the most dangerous people in the city of Baltimore.
Neverdon is captured in a now viral video posted on YouTube telling Bryant to take his henchmen and get out of Baltimore. The incident took place during the 148th staging of a weekly event called West Wednesday, organized by the family of Tyrone West, who died in a struggle with police officers during a traffic stop in July 2013. more >>
No, this is not satire. An Ohio judge decided that a Catholic man had to pay his debt to society in the most ecclesiastical way possible: by attending worship at a Baptist church.
Judge William Mallory of the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati sentenced 23-year-old Jake Strotman to attend worship at a Baptist church for 12 consecutive Sundays.
Restoration work on the "Tomb of Jesus" at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre Church began on Sunday, as the major holy site was on the verge of collapse, according to reports.
The year-long restoration project is bringing together members of the Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Orthodox churches who are all helping in the $3.4 million project that is set to peel away layers from the tomb's outer surface, cleaning and repairing them one by one.
AFP reported that the holy site was "on the verge of collapse" as workers erected scaffolding and a steel canopy over the entrance to the tomb, officially starting work on the year-long restoration project. more >>
When Christians make mistakes publicly it affects the entire body of Christ, and the minister of music, Kirk Franklin, has something to say about it.
"As a Christian I'm not enjoying all of the attention we're getting lately for our public failures. As imperfect as I am, I've seen Grace ..," Franklin, 46, tweeted. "I know it's power when we confess our sins, and not make excuses. When a Christian falls, it affects everyone; not just the one fallen."
The Grammy-winning producer emphasized that even though people will forgive each other, he said it's equally important to admit one's own shortcomings. more >>