Churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area were mostly individual assemblies that were disconnected from one another. However, the Transforming the Bay With Christ initiative hopes to change all that and usher in a gospel movement to improve the quality of life for area residents.
"There was no collective sense of what each other was doing," said Mark Labberton, Fuller Seminary President and advocate for Transforming the Bay With Christ, to The Christian Post in late January.
Not only were churches acting as disjointed, individual assemblies that were diconnected from one another, but residents of the Bay Area mirrored that spiritual disconnect. According to a 2014 report from Barna Group, a research organization that studies faith and culture, the San Francisco metro area was considered America's most "churchless" city. more >>
The son of a Pakistani Christian servant who was tortured by police in an attempt to get him to confess to stealing from his Muslim employer has revealed his horrifying eyewitness testimony of the brutal beating that his father endured earlier this month that ultimately led to his father's death.
On Jan. 14, the slain body of 47-year-old Liaqat Masih was handed over by authorities to his family in the town of Gujranwala in the Punjab province. Masih and his son were arrested by local police officers based on the accusation of theft from the home of his Muslim employer, Mohammad Raza Hameed, whom employed Masih as his driver for over 15 years.
Hameed and his father S.A. Hameed are wealthy Muslim businessmen and leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek Insaf political party in the community. When Hameed and his family went out of town, their home got robbed and Hameed notified the police about the robbery and initially lodged a complaint against unknown perpetrators. more >>
A 75-year-old grandmother and her two grandchildren were killed on their way to church in College Park, Georgia, Sunday after a suspected car thief being chased by local police crashed into their car.
The grandmother, Dorothy Wright, 75, and her grandson, Cameron Cosner, 12, and granddaughter, Layla, 6, were confirmed victims of the crash in a WSB-TV report. They were on their way to the First St. Peter AME Church.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution said the suspect, who remains at large, took an SUV and led College Park police on a chase spanning more than 10 miles. With the three fatalities, however, some are questioning whether the police acted responsibly in chasing the suspect. more >>
To help further craft their vision for criminal justice reform, Bishop T.D. Jakes and a Dallas County judge visited the Dallas County Jail last Wednesday to meet with inmates who say they want a second chance at life.
Going before a parole board, the inmates told Jakes and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins their stories, which included background on their childhoods, families, and addictions, as well as their plans for how to stay out of jail, their support systems and even their fears, hopes and dreams.
Among those stories was one 35-year-old inmate's concern that his criminal record will "scare off" employers and landlords, and his hopes to overcome the negative labels of "junkie" and "crackhead" that he has endured. Another inmate, a 50-year-old woman, is ashamed to allow her sons to visit her after being imprisoned more than eight times. Her latest conviction involved the sale of crystal meth. She hopes to see more programs in place that help ex-offenders stay on the straight-and-narrow after they get out of jail. more >>
Actor Arturo Muyshondt believes his role as a modern day hero in "The Pastor" can spearhead positive social change in communities throughout the world that are overwhelmed by criminal gang activity.
"I was really shocked with what I found," said Muyshondt, who was born in El Salvador, to The Christian Post. "I found that these kids are joining these gangs as young as 9, 10, 11-years-old because they go looking for the same elements — for identity, brotherhood, community and protection."
Set in Brooklyn, New York, Muyshondt plays a former gang leader who discovers Christ in prison. When he's released, he seeks out underprivileged youth in his neighborhood to mentor and direct them toward a life that doesn't involve drugs and crime. more >>
Convicted killer Jodi Arias spoke to rapper Kareem "Lefty" Williams via phone and revealed what her current life is behind bars.
During a 15-minute phone call with Kareem "Lefty" Williams on Jan. 10, Jodi Arias gave the Philadelphia rapper a glimpse of what her life is inside the Perryville Women's Prison. Williams is the one who produced a song defending Arias and spreading awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and domestic violence, according to KTAR.
For a while, the two talked about Williams' song and the rapper told Arias that there were many people who told him to remove her name and likeness from the music video. The convicted murderer told him to focus on PTSD and domestic violence instead of her. The said video has been taken down from YouTube, the report details. more >>