Bishop Noel Jones, the senior pastor of the City of Refuge Church in Gardena, Calif., recently defended himself on the Tom Joyner Morning radio show where he admitted to being flawed amid controversy over his Oxygen docu-series "Preachers of L.A."
After Tom Joyner Morning Show co-host Sybil Wilkes called the preachers' appearance on the show disturbing, Jones defended himself.
"You have a lot of great, fancy words but what you see in this, is men of God who are preaching the word, who are now seen as just regular guys but it is in such a disturbing (way,)" Wilkes told Bishop Jones. more >>
Charlie Hunnam, an actor best known for his roles in "Pacific Rim" and "Sons of Anarchy," has forfeited his role as the lead in the film adaptation of E.L. James' 2011 erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. While Hunnam cited a busy TV acting schedule as the reason for turning down the role, Christian film and literature experts offered other reasons for him walking away.
"It's a big risk for an unknown actor to do a role that is so highly sexualized," Lisa Swain, associate professor of Cinema and Media Arts at Biola University and a 15-year veteran of the entertainment industry, told The Christian Post in an interview on Tuesday. "We can only speculate as to what Charlie was actually thinking," but he may have been cautious to star in the film due to its sexual content, she said.
Swain compared the forthcoming "Fifty Shades" film to "Showgirls," a film which allegedly ruined the career of actress Elizabeth Berkeley. Showgirls, too, "was a very sexy movie," the professor explained. more >>
Pope Francis has met with Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, the head of the German bishops' conference, to discuss the fate of the so-called "luxury bishop" of Limburg who has spent $42 million on a lavish residence including a free-standing bath, conference table and private chapel worth millions.
"I am convinced that the bishop of Limburg... will confront this situation in a spirit of self-criticism," Archbishop Zollitsch said following his meeting with Pope Francis, Reuters reported.
The bishop in question, Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, is facing calls for his resignation after causing an uproar with lavish expenses that seem to contradict the pope's call for austerity and example of humble living. more >>
Asian-American Christian leaders have invited evangelicals to engage in "dialogue and conversation" after two recent public incidents highlighted what the group calls "the repeated and offensive racial stereotyping of Asian-Americans."
"From VBS curriculum, to youth skits, to general Christian trade books, Asians have been caricatured, mocked, or otherwise treated as foreigners outside the typical accepted realm of white evangelicalism. And the situation has not improved over time," wrote the Asian American community leaders in an open letter addressed to the "Evangelical Church."
"We are a part of the body, we are North American Christians every bit as much as any other North American Christian, and we are weary, hurt, and disillusioned by the continuing offensive actions of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ," the letter continued. more >>
German Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst of Limburg is set to answer questions before the Vatican about an excessive $42 million sum he has spent on a luxury residence, causing uproar in the Catholic Church.
"The bishop has made it clear that any decision about his service as a bishop lies in the hands of the Holy Father (Pope Francis)," a statement by the Limburg diocese read, according to Reuters.
"The bishop is saddened by the escalation of the current discussion. He sees and regrets that many believers are suffering under the current situation." more >>
Four pastors lobbying for change in the Harlem community of Manhattan, N.Y., have gone on the warpath with civil rights leader and religious minister the Rev. Al Sharpton and have invited more than 100 churches to join them in dethroning him from his political seat for his failure to lead on local issues.
"While (Sharpton) is jet-setting around the country, people are going to our churches saying they don't have money to eat," Pastor Johnnie Green, 51, of Mount Neboh Baptist Church on Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard told the New York Daily News. "People need somebody to fight for them."
As a result of the situation, Greene and several other pastors in the community have banded together to create a coalition of black ministers called Speak Out Say It Loud, which seeks to build a united African American power base with citywide influence. more >>