Pastor Andy Stanley's North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, has successfully raised nearly $5 million through its annual "Be Rich" campaign, an accomplishment the campaign's leader describes as both "inspiring and humbling."
The annual campaign seeks to give back to the local community's nonprofit organizations through the three themes of give, serve, and love. One hundred and fifty nonprofit organizations and 28 churches participated in the month-long campaign, which began in early November and wrapped up just before Thanksgiving.
Each week was dedicated to one of the three themes of the Be Rich campaign. For the first week, church members were encouraged to give financially, with Stanley calling on Christians to give just $39.95 to help the church's nonprofit partners. The second week, congregants were encouraged to serve by offering their time to volunteer at local nonprofit organizations in the area. more >>
Planned Parenthood is suing Utah for its governor's decision earlier this year to no longer help the organization receive federal funds through the state health department.
Earlier this year, Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced that the Utah Department of Health would no longer channel federal funds to the state chapter of the national abortion provider.
Planned Parenthood Association of Utah filed an emergency motion for injunction on Sunday in the hopes of delaying the implementation of Governor Herbert's decision while their litigation continues. more >>
Extreme weather conditions, ranging from blizzards to tornadoes, have killed at least 43 people across seven states over the Christmas period.
"This is a huge impact on our community, and we're all suffering," said Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau from Dallas, where eight people were killed and 15 were injured, according to Fox News.
New Mexico, West Texas and the Oklahoma Panhandle suffered heavy snow fall, while at least nine tornadoes swept through the country, destroying as many as 1,450 homes. more >>
A Texas-based charity received its own Christmas miracle of sorts when a donor left a $50,000 check underneath the statue of the Christ Child in their outdoor manger scene.
The Children's Home, a Christian orphanage started in 1924, was recently given the surprise donation in a nativity display placed outside its administrative offices.
A team of scientists have announced that they may be getting close to finally locating the elusive "Hillary Clinton Accomplishment" particle.
Researchers from the Whitewater Institute of Ethics held a press conference Monday in which they stated they were close to locating the mysterious microscopic substance.
"After months and months of research and data collecting, our team believes it is that much closer to finding the HCAP," explained one scientist. more >>
"The Letters" hits theaters December 4, and takes an inside look into the life of Mother Teresa by focusing on the inception of her ministry and her battles with loneliness and spiritual emptiness. Although making a film comprised of the personal letters of one of the world's most adored person of our generation may seem like a very good concept initially, after watching the movie and hearing first hand that it was not at all Mother Teresa's desire to divulge her personal battles or charity to the public, it now all seems a bit insensitive.
The film kicks off in 1998 with Vatican investigator Benjamin Praagh, played by actor Rutger Hauer (Batman Begins, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). He visits India after a supposed ray of light emanated from a locket containing Mother Teresa's photo in it and "healed" a woman with a tumor. The scene left out, however, that there were real life reports from the patient's doctor citing that medicine was the healer and not the revered mother.
The alleged miracle was what put Mother Teresa on track to becoming a declared saint by the Vatican, which was the preface of the film. But Teresa was instead ordained "beatitude," not a saint just yet because in Catholicism in order for a deceased person to be named a saint, evidence must be presented to persuade Church officials that the person in question lived a godly life and performed at least two miracles as evidence that God worked through them. more >>