Three Columbus, Indiana churches were recently vandalized by graffiti messages that read "Qur'an" and "Infidels!."
Some of the vandalism even involved specific chapters and verses of the Islamic Holy Book being written on the walls of the house of worship. Members of the Islamic religion and the rest of the community have spoken out against the recent attacks.
One of the churches vandalized was St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. more >>
A man was taken into custody for tossing books and knocking displays down all while referencing a particular scripture in Lakewood Church's book store yesterday.
Michael David Fletcher, 30, was arrested Thursday for causing the disturbance.
"The guy shows up and starts throwing books around and kicking stuff over," said Lakewood spokesperson Don Iloff to the Houston Chronicle. "Fortunately we have police on the premises almost all the time. He was quickly subdued." more >>
A church in Georgia that recently setup a large LED-lit sign on its property might face a lawsuit for being in violation of a local ordinance.
Fellowship Baptist Church in Grovetown has refused to take down the 19,000-bulb sign, which was installed last Friday and advertises for both their church and a food pantry they oversee.
Sonny Serigney, pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church, met with Grovetown Mayor George James III Thursday morning to possibly reach a compromise. more >>
Rapper Ma$e's decision to leave music and turn to ministry in the late 1990s was not based on a true calling, but was made in order to avoid problems in the industry, according to a fellow artist.
Lord Jamar, a member of the hip-hop group Brand Nubian and Five Percent Nation recently spoke out against the rapper who recently made headlines for leaving the church he pastored in order to return to music in a VladTV interview.
"I'm not surprised," said Jamar in response to the question of why Ma$e made the sudden change from ministry to music recently. "Did he really seem like he had some sort of revelation and he was really a faithful follower? I've seen him teetering for the longest time." more >>
The Southern Baptist Convention, hoping for both a dramatic and unifying agent for change, announced Wednesday the election of 36-year-old pastor and Radical ministry founder David Platt as president of its International Mission Board.
"I believe Southern Baptists want to come together for the spread of the Gospel," said Platt, who leads a movement called Radical that is devoted to platforming and disseminating disciple-making resources, so that the Gospel "might be made known to the ends of the earth."
"I'm living and leading for the day when the IMB is needed no more because there are no more unreached people groups," Platt. senior pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, said during a telephone conference for the press on Wednesday. "I want to trumpet the Great Commission, disciples made, God glorified here, and God glorified among unreached people around the world. I am exhilarated about the possibilities ahead." more >>
A Rochester, New York rapper runs the street ministry M.O.G. (Man of God) where he mentors drug kingpins and has the full support from the city's mayor based on his contributions to the area.
D-Will (David Williams), a native of the city, aspires to be more than just a musician and has already broken serious ground for God in his community. He even won the mayoral volunteer service award for efforts with M.O.G.
"The whole purpose of M.O.G. [is to unite the body of Christ]. And if we're going to do so, we have to start with the men," said D-Will to The Christian Post. Us, as men, we've taken a back seat and have gotten lazy [in the church]. You see a lot of the women doing outreach. And with that I said [us men] have to take our place, and not as a sexist, but we need to take our place back with being the leaders in our communities and homes." more >>