Although one of Jesus' most well-known miracles is turning water into wine at a wedding party, Mark Spitsbergen, a clinical science researcher in molecular biology and pastor of Abiding Place Ministries in San Diego, California, believes the acceptance of alcohol in some modern day churches is akin to committing suicide and the Bible doesn't support it.
"We are supposed to be the spiritual leadership of the world, of humanity, and now we are going to condone something that society, at every level of measure, shows the terrible tragedies and pitfalls of flashing light warnings saying 'danger'?" asked Spitsbergen in a recent interview with The Christian Post.
To drink or not to drink has been a controversial debate in church circles for centuries and the recent arrest of Heather Cook, 58, the first female bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, for a fatal drunk-driving incident that made national headlines in December has brought the question back to the fore. more >>
A Christian homeschool family in Arkansas is claiming that state and county police agents wrongfully removed their seven children from their home after they conducted a warranted search of their property to look for a medicinal "miracle" supplement that is thought to cure cancer and AIDS.
Hal Stanley and his wife, Michelle, of Hot Springs heard a loud knock on their door on Jan. 12 only to find a crew of state and Garland County police officers standing on their porch with a search warrant.
Hal Stanley told KARZ-TV that the agents searched his home while he and his wife were held outside for hours. The search concluded when the authorities found the mineral supplement, known as "MMS" or Miracle Mineral Solution, and removed the family's seven children from the home for over 72 hours. more >>
At least 10 people have been killed in violent protests in Niger over the weekend, after Muslim mobs burned down a number of churches in retaliation to French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo publishing cartoons depicting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Christian missionaries in the capital, Niamey, told International Christian Concern that "all of [their] churches have been burned along with the pastors' homes ... almost every church [they] know or are associated with has been attacked." The missionaries, who despite seeing smoke "around all sides of [their] house," remain in Niamey.
"Jesus said: 'I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.' We are confident that this persecution will only grow the church and the Gospel in Niger," the missionaries continued. more >>
Chris Brown seems to be leaning on his faith after reports surfaced that the singer's probation has been revoked following multiple incidents, including a recent club shooting.
Brown, the 25-year-old singer, was released from jail last June and was serving probation for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, singer Rihanna in 2009, with subsequent violent acts that followed. Most recently, five people were injured in a shooting outside of a club where Brown was performing in San Jose, California, on Sunday.
During a progress report Thursday, TMZ reported that Brown's probation officer recommended that his probation be revoked since he is focusing more on his celebrity job than fulfilling his community service obligations. Although Brown seemed to have no involvement in the San Jose shooting that took place outside of a venue while he was performing inside, he reportedly needed permission to cross county lines to get there. more >>
In a gracious turn of events Thursday, embattled Episcopal Bishop of Maryland Heather Cook posted an "unprecedented" $2.5 million bail to free herself from the Baltimore City Detention Center where she had been locked up since last Friday after she was formally charged with the drunk-driving death of 41-year-old father of two Thomas Palermo.
"She has been released. She's going directly to an inpatient alcohol treatment facility and she will not be driving pending trial," confirmed Cook's lawyer, Jose A. Molina, in an interview with The Christian Post.
Mark Vernelli, communications director for public safety in Baltimore City, also confirmed the news saying she left the Baltimore City Detention Center some time between noon and 1:30 p.m. Thursday. more >>
Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook's scandalous fall from grace after a fatal DUI incident for which she was jailed last Friday has left the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland in "deep pain" and forced the diocese's highest ranking official to shed tears over the shame that the incident has brought on the church.
In a pastoral letter to the diocese Tuesday, The Rt. Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton revealed the pain Cook's tragic alcoholism has brought on the church and shared how much grief it has personally caused him.
"The Diocese of Maryland is in deep pain. Words barely express the depth of our shock and despair over the events and revelations of the past two weeks in the aftermath of the tragic collision involving Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook," he noted in the opening statement of his letter. more >>