Singer and entertainer Demi Lovato told fans at a Los Angeles Pride parade earlier this month that she believed in a God who accepted everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation.
"You don't have to hate, because my Jesus loves all," Lovato said before performing her new single "Really Don't Care," a break-up song seemingly rethemed as a Pride anthem.
Lovato's Pride performance is also the setting for the song's recently released music video which opens with footage showing protesters with signs saying "Jesus saves from hell" and "Homo sex is sin." The video also shows excited concert attendees, a "no bullying" message and a lesbian couple kissing. more >>
An Apostolic church in Brazil has atrracted controversy online after a photo was posted on their Facebook account in which the pastor is seen praying and kneeling on the floor over 110 lbs. of anointed salt.
Apostolic Church Full of God's Throne based in Sao Paulo held a service last week where the practice took place. The criticism was triggered by the image of the church's lead pastor Agenor Duke, as he is shown surrounded by other kneeling church members who then marched over the salt barefoot as they fervently prayed.
"This is a witchcraft practice, very different from what the Scripture reflects on the use of salt," commented Jonathan Martinez, a Facebook user on the church's account. "That method is only used for witchcraft and for calling upon negative things." more >>
A British Columbian city which banned a Christian conference from being simulcast on city property because it was sponsored by Chick-fil-A has affirmed this week that its buildings are open to all regardless of faith.
Earlier this year, local pastors and church leaders in Nanaimo, a city of roughly 80,000 people, sought public building space to broadcast a feed of Leadercast, a Christian conference out of Atlanta, but were stopped by a city council member who blasted its connection with the fast food restaurant, reported The Blaze.
In the beginning of May, Fred Pattje introduced a resolution which would ban the conference, which is streamed in roughly 800 cities worldwide, from using Nanaimo property. more >>
The late great film critic Roger Ebert had a great line that he used for bad comedies: "You know you're in trouble when the objects of your satire are funnier than you." Somebody needs to email this line to the editors of The Onion, because the folks over there have been outdone this week by people who are absolutely serious.
First, Ann Coulter published a bizarre diatribe against soccer so hilariously bad that I had to double check that it was real. Coulter's collection of bullet points about soccer is like the Comstock Lode of logical fallacies. Coulter thinks the game is boring, lacks real achievement, etc. Ok, that's fair. I disagree but I suppose I can fathom why a nationally syndicated columnist and speaker would want America to know how put off she is by the sport she isn't watching.
But Coulter takes the silliness to another level: more >>
Colorado pastor Jim Burgen had no idea that the 90 seconds of a sermon where he addressed marijuana primarily in terms of medical usage were spreading across the internet.
"My son called me one night and said 'Dad you went viral,'" The lead pastor of Flatirons Community Church told The Christian Post. "What does that mean? I really don't understand all this. I just started tweeting because I was told I was supposed to and somebody helps me with that, because really I'm not really smart when it comes to this stuff."
Burgen, who pastors a church in Boulder, Colorado, which is widely perceived as one of the least-religious regions of the country, made his remarks as part of an annual series the church teaches on its values. Flatirons' final value, "Come and see," Burgen suggests, is inspired by Christ's own outreach to the disciples. more >>
Beyonce Knowles' pastor Rudy Rasmus praised the singer's charitable work during a recent interview, saying she has made an impact within his ministry because of her "incredible heart."
Beyonce attended St. John's United Methodist Church in Houston before becoming famous and now she and her family continue to donate millions to the church to help the homeless and feed the poor.
"She's an incredible human being. Has an incredible heart and has been extremely helpful in our mission and our ministry here," said Rasmus, reports Houston-based KHOU news. "She has a global platform and is doing some amazing work and I'm glad she's a friend of mine." more >>