Christian singer Colton Dixon offered a message of hope to Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church with his new music video for the song "Through all of it" on Monday.
Nine people were murdered at the historic church in South Carolina when 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire during a Bible study on June 17.
Four days later on Sunday, Emanuel AME Church reopened its doors to worship and pray while reflecting on the shooting and seeking God's grace. Touched by the televised service, Dixon dedicated the "Through all of it" video to Emanuel AME Church when it premiered on Fox Monday. more >>
Both of South Carolina's U.S. senators, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham, and the state's governor, Nikki Haley, called for the removal of a Confederate flag display on the grounds of the state capitol.
At a press conference held Monday afternoon surround by other high-ranking elected officials, Haley said that while the flag was "an integral part of our past" that it must be moved.
"It's time to move the flag from the capitol grounds," said Haley, whose comments brought about a lengthy round of applause. more >>
Max Chisholm, the 21-year-old Virginia man who allegedly stabbed a pastor and his wife who took him into their home and treated him like a "grandson," was arrested by local police last week after a two-day manhunt.
The pastor, Hugh Mayes, is recovering in a hospital and has "a long way to go," while his wife, Carol, was treated and released into the care of her family.
A former employee of an organization seeking to promote acceptance of transgender and other sexual identities in the United Methodist Church is charging that the organization has itself exhibited transgender discrimination, according to a case filed with the Cook County Commission on Human Rights.
Reconciling Ministries Network, a pro-LGBT Methodist group boasting the support of hundreds of congregations throughout the country, had a complaint filed against it last month before the Commission on Human Rights.
Andy Oliver, the former director of communications for RMN, accused the group's executive director of unjustly firing him following his refusal to engage in an action he considered discriminatory on the basis of gender identity. more >>
Answers in Genesis CEO and President Ken Ham has responded to the shooting last week that killed nine people at a Charleston church Bible study by claiming that the Bible teaches humans are one race, and there is no such thing as black or white people.
"Answers in Genesis has a great short animated video that explains that there is only one race, and there are no black people or white people — we are all varying shades of the same basic color (a pigment called melanin)," Ham said on his Facebook page, linking to the video.
"This brief animated feature explains all of this in an easy to understand way, showing observational science confirms the Bible's history that we are all one race, all descendants of Adam. It was the event of the Tower of Babel that resulted in different people groups (NOT races) and the minor exterior differences we see in the human race today." more >>
I came to Christ 45 years ago. What drew me was the love of a black man who picked me up and gave me a lift after my car broke down on the freeway. Before exiting the car he invited me to attend his church. Because of his kindness, I went to a little storefront church in the inner city of Cleveland where I was impacted by the witness of about 30 black brothers and sisters who loved God and me, the only white guy there.
My description may sound similar to that of the young, terrorist killer in the Charleston, South Carolina church last Wednesday evening. He admitted afterwards that the love of the people so affected him that he almost changed his mind about his diabolical plan. Unfortunately he didn't, but what followed this heinous act are unmistakable examples of true Christianity. Was it also a sign of how people of faith should respond to increased persecution in the days before us?
In Hebrews chapter 11 there is what is often referred to as "God's Hall of Fame." Describing the adversity and even martyrdom of exemplary people, it says, "the world was not worthy of them" (Heb. 11:38). Might this be an accurate way to characterize the lives of those who perished and their loved ones' responses in the wake of this disaster? And shouldn't what we witnessed change our lives for the better if we follow their example of faith and forgiveness? more >>