Can a church service become an all-out indoor rodeo complete with dirt floors and bucking bulls? Just ask the Rev. Maury Davis of the Cornerstone Nashville megachurch who did just that this past Independence Day weekend.
"It [the rodeo] came from the idea of how do we compel people to come into the house [of God]? Jesus said, 'Compel them to come in, that my house may be full,'" Davis told The Tennessean. "We're hoping that every person that comes into this room is ready to meet the Lord."
Davis also felt that celebrating the Fourth of July with a rodeo at his church made sense since the holiday tends to focus on God and country. more >>
President Barack Obama has signed an executive order commissioning former megachurch pastor Rob Bell to write a gender-neutral Bible.
Meant to serve as a corollary to Obama's demands that public schools allow boys to go into girls' bathrooms, the executive order will give Bell $7 million to research, write and and publish a Bible that breaks through the barriers of gender.
In a rare White House press briefing, Obama said Bell is the most competent person for the job. more >>
God gives guidelines for living out of love for humanity, says famed evangelist and best-selling author the Rev. Billy Graham.
In a recent advice column, Graham was asked why God gave mankind rules like the Ten Commandments if He already knew people were going to disobey.
"Why did God give us a bunch of rules (like the Ten Commandments) that we're supposed to obey, when He knew we wouldn't keep them? Wouldn't it have been better for Him to just let us make up our own rules for living?" queried the person. more >>
Young-Earth Creationist Ken Ham has said that while a small group of atheists are planning to protest the Ark Encounter, the newly-opened life-sized replica of Noah's Ark in Kentucky, there have been tens of thousands of visitors in two days alone, with many more expected to come.
"Many news sources today (including my homeland of Australia) are reporting on a group protesting the life-size Ark opening today in N. Kentucky. News.com.au states there'll be a 'renewed wave of protest' — as if there's some sort of massive protest against the Ark. One news source had the headline 'Protesters fire up as Aussie's ark opens.' Wow. This must be some massive protest!" Ham wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, the day of the official opening of the theme-park.
"Now let's see — first of all, it is a group of primarily atheists who will be protesting a Christian facility — not a surprise! Secondly, according to their Facebook, they have just over 100 going to protest," he added, posting a screenshot of the planned atheist protest's Facebook page, which shows 112 people who have said they are going. more >>
An unauthorized book about the TV series "Star Trek" claims that a fight between Captain Kirk and an alien who had taken the form of Jesus Christ was originally in the script for "Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
The book, The Fifty-Year Mission: The First 25 Years, which is being released as fans await the summer movie "Star Trek Beyond," reveals that the 1979 movie, written by series creator Gene Roddenberry in 1975, ended with Kirk encountering an alien who had "assumed the image of Jesus Christ." That encounter then led to a fist fight on a bridge that had Kirk punching the Savior in the face.
It further claims that Paul McCartney, Barry Diller and John F. Kennedy were also written into the script. more >>
Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis, who recently claimed victory in a long-standing religious freedom, gay-marriage case, is facing a new lawsuit from a man whom she denied a license to marry his laptop computer.
Liberty Counsel explained in a press release that the plaintiff, Mark "Chris" Sevier, is looking to argue that marriages between same-sex couples have the same legitimacy as a human marrying an inanimate object.
Sevier has also named Governor Matt Bevin and Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear in the lawsuit. more >>