With the convictions in in the case against abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – three counts of murdering live babies and one count of involuntary manslaughter – abortion is back in the national discussion.
It's pretty clear from the Grand Jury report that, during Gosnell's thirty plus year career, he likely murdered hundreds, if not thousands of babies. But because of the difficulty in documenting it all, he was just convicted of three.
Reports now are coming in from around the nation indicating that more Gosnell's are out there. more >>
Carman Domenic Licciardello, the popular recording artist and Christian evangelist who revealed a cancer diagnosis earlier this year, shared with fans that he has surpassed the $200,000 goal for his Kickstarter campaign to launch a new record, music video and tour.
"Christian music pioneer Carman launched a Kickstarter campaign April 19 with the goal to raise $200,000 for his first new album and music video in over 10 years. Remarkably, Carman not only reached his goal in 25 days, but also exceeded that goal, raising over $233,000 so far," reads a statement from his media team.
The statement went on to claim that Carman's fundraising campaign was "the second most funded music project ever on Kickstarter," although a member of Kickstarter's communications team was unable to verify the apparent feat. Kickstarter is a funding platform for creative projects. more >>
Following on the heels of Christian rapper Shai Linne taking prosperity preachers to task, Atlanta radio personality Darlene McCoy has released a parody of Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," highlighting the questionable behavior of pastors who fleece their flocks. But McCoy says her video is more for laughs and is in no way intended as a personal attack on anyone.
Linne, who raised quite a few brows and garnered praise from well-known Christian minister John Piper, took a serious look at the prosperity or health and wealth teaching of many pastors, and dropped names like Paula White, Benny Hinn and Joel Osteen in his "Fal$e Teacher$" song. White's son, however, didn't appreciate Linne's call-out of his mother and issued a statement – which Linne addressed, re-emphasizing the reasons why he believes that what White and other prosperity preachers teach is unbiblical.
"It is an underlying problem that does need to be addressed," McCoy told CP. "At the end of the day, when we do have pastors that are that way, their congregation members are mesmerized and brainwashed into thinking all is well." more >>
A day does not pass when I do not miss my beloved friend, Chuck Colson. I confess that I still have not come to terms with his death. I sometimes find myself reaching for the telephone to consult him on a question or to share a thought or idea that has occurred to me. Then I remember that he is gone from us – now more than a year ago.
It was my privilege to collaborate with Chuck on many projects.The two most important ones were the Manhattan Declaration and the "Doing The Right Thing" video series. Chuck, himself, regarded these initiatives as his "legacy projects." Both were his ideas. He leaves both as gifts to the Christian community, to which he dedicated his life in service, and to the Nation he loved. Both initiatives express and concretely embody a principle that was central to Chuck's understanding of the Christian faith and of his personal vocation as a Christian leader, namely, the harmony of faith and reason.
On Chuck's understanding, Christian conviction is anything but a matter of "blind faith." A sound and mature faith is supported by reason and reasoning, and is always ready "to give a reason for the hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15). Such a faith understands that truth has nothing to fear from rigorous thought and inquiry. Reason, far from being a threat to faith, fortifies conviction and upholds the integrity of the teachings of Christ and his Church on matters of faith and morals. more >>
Matthew and Sarah Harms are the parents of four girls; the oldest aged six, Elizabeth, has Turner Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality, and the youngest, Ava, passed away on her first birthday on May 24, 2012. Despite their grief and bewilderment, they trusted in God's goodness and faithfulness to comfort and provide for them.
The Harms were devastated when they learned that their first daughter had Turner Syndrome, a genetic condition in which a female does not have the usual pair of two X chromosomes; one of her sex chromosomes is missing or has other abnormalities. Girls with Turner Syndrome generally have non-working ovaries, absence of a menstrual cycle, and are sterile. Concurrent health concerns may also be present, including congenital heart disease, hypothyroidism, diabetes, vision or hearing problems, and autoimmune diseases.
Despite overwhelming grief, Matthew Harms shared in the video, "at that point we loved God and trusted God and knew that he was good but there were days that I started questioning that and there was definitely a point where we had to reassure ourselves every day that God was good… and we started to see how God was taking care of us." more >>
Arvella Schuller, wife of the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and co-founder of the Crystal Cathedral Ministries, reportedly suffered a stroke and has been working with Medicare-provided therapists to regain use of her left arm and leg. Meanwhile, the current congregation of the Orange County megachurch prepares for a major move and has taken on a new name.
The Orange County Register reports that Mrs. Schuller, 83, experienced a stroke earlier this month and was just released from a local hospital. Her daughter, Carol Schuller Milner, told the publication that her mother is "wiped out" but received a positive evaluation from doctors.
"She faired [sic] really well considering. We're really blessed," said Milner, adding that Mrs. Schuller is a bit frustrated that she now has to be so focused on herself after spending so many years in ministry focusing on others. more >>