A Baltimore pastor was shot to death outside of her home in North Baltimore last Friday morning, and her murder has left friends, family members and investigators asking why.
Forty-one-year-old Latrina Ashburne, who worked as a teacher's aide at Francis Scott Key Elementary School and was an associate pastor at Kingdom Restoration Center church, was attacked and shot as she was leaving her home around 7:30 a.m. Friday morning.
Police say that the gunman approached Ashburne as she was getting into her car on Rosalind Ave in the Cylburn neighborhood. When Ashburne tried to run away from the shooter, he gunned her down. She later died in a hospital. more >>
When Christians make mistakes publicly it affects the entire body of Christ, and the minister of music, Kirk Franklin, has something to say about it.
"As a Christian I'm not enjoying all of the attention we're getting lately for our public failures. As imperfect as I am, I've seen Grace ..," Franklin, 46, tweeted. "I know it's power when we confess our sins, and not make excuses. When a Christian falls, it affects everyone; not just the one fallen."
The Grammy-winning producer emphasized that even though people will forgive each other, he said it's equally important to admit one's own shortcomings. more >>
Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini has warned that if Christians don't reach Muslims with the "love of Jesus Christ," then Muslims will reach them with jihad.
"If we don't reach Muslims with the love of Jesus Christ, they will reach us with the love of Allah, which is jihad," Abedini wrote on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Abedini, who converted from Islam and spent three years and a half in prison in Iran for his Christian faith, has slammed the teachings of Islam in several statements, arguing that it's a "lie" to believe that Islam is a peaceful religion. more >>
When faced with life's problems, the story of Moses serves as an example of why God encourages us to "handle it," Pastor Steven Furtick says.
Furtick, who serves as senior pastor of Elevation Church, one of the fastest growing evangelical churches in the nation, focused his most recent sermon on the concept of "handling it," using the example of Moses in Exodus 4:1-5 as a lesson that God will help us handle what we can't, but will not help us handle what we won't.
"I don't know what you're going through, I don't know what you're dealing with, but God told me to tell you handle it!" the megachurch pastor proclaims at the beginning of the sermon. more >>
Having an attitude of gratitude shapes your relationships and your outlook on life, Pastor Rick Warren says.
Warren, who serves as senior pastor of the 20,000-member Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, wrote in his devotional on Friday, "The More Grateful You Are the Happier You Are," that Christians should follow the teaching of Paul in Philippians 1:3, when he says: "Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God," (NLT, second edition).
"This simple truth is the foundation of good relationships." more >>
God's wrath is a necessary part of his holiness and salvation, says Don Carson, a research professor of the New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, in a revealing interview with theologian John Piper.
In their discussion, Carson, who's also president of The Gospel Coalition, says there are several verses in the Bible Christians can read that explain wrath is not a human emotion, such as temper or anger, but rather a function of God's holiness that ultimately serves as a tenant of salvation.
"[Wrath] it is a function of His holiness, and if He were entirely unwrathful in that understanding of wrath, then there would be no judgment and no consequence for sin of any sort. And that doesn't make God out to be more attractive or more holy. It makes Him out to be morally indifferent," Carson says, referencing the first example of God's wrath against Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. more >>