Tony Evans is a well-respected pastor, author and the first African-American to earn a doctorate in Theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary. Yet his seemingly unfettered accomplishments came with significant opposition.
Amid racial tension across the nation, the "I Am Second," movement that helps people discover their purpose in life by putting Christ first, is sharing a video interview with Evans from 2009 who addressed how he learned to overcome the limits that others placed on him because of his race.
Growing up in urban Baltimore, Maryland, during segregation and racial unrest, Evans said he frequently faced inequality. "I was reminded in many ways that I was a second-class citizen," he said. more >>
A California lawmaker is asking the state legislature to recognize August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" but some pastors and national security analysts are criticizing the move, saying it promotes a false narrative.
Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who introduced House Resolution 59 on Monday, said in a statement posted Friday on the Council on American Islamic Relations' Facebook page that he was "proud to celebrate the first ever Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month by honoring generations of Muslim Americans for their many social, cultural, and economic contributions to California."
"The rhetoric surrounding this election makes the presentation of this resolution more important for me," Quirk said, adding that "it is appropriate to acknowledge and promote awareness of the myriad invaluable contributions of Muslim Americans in California and across the country, and extend to them the respect and camaraderie every American deserves." more >>
An Illinois judge will allow for a lawsuit to proceed against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago over their decision to fire a choir director who's in a gay marriage.
The archdiocese recently filed a motion to dismiss a suit by Colin Collette, a former music director at Holy Family Catholic Community who was fired because he married a man, which is a violation of the Church's employment policy and Church doctrine.
U.S. District Court Judge Charles Kocoras, however, rejected the archdiocese's motion to dismiss and will allow the suit to go forward, according to the Chicago Tribune. more >>
Pastor Donnie McClurkin is lashing out at Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly and calling for him to be fired from the network for saying that slaves who helped build the White House were "well fed" and housed in "decent lodgings."
In response to first lady Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last Monday in which she reflected on waking up every morning in a "house that was built by slaves," O'Reilly said on "The O'Reilly Factor" that Obama was right to say slaves worked on the construction of the White House along with immigrants, whites and free blacks.
O'Reilly, however, added that slaves who helped build the White House while America's second President John Adams resided in what was then known as executive mansion were "well fed and had decent lodgings provided by the government." more >>
When the verdict was handed down on Nov. 24, 2014, exonerating the officer that killed Michael Brown, civil unrest erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, and many African-Americans were understandably distraught, but Lance McCarthy saw opportunity.
Right from the start, after rioters looted many minority-owned small businesses in town, McCarthy was on the scene with solutions. He and a friend who is in the plastics business were able to install clear, unbreakable, plastic windows — as opposed to plywood — in several shops to communicate to the city that they were indeed still open.
Such an act reflects not only who this man is but is itself a sort of metaphor for his life. His decades of economic and policy research have installed many proverbial windows for many to now see how God is redeeming a troubled city. McCarthy's insights into systemic poverty and its root causes have propelled him to do what he calls "the consummation of his life's work." more >>
An elderly Belgian priest was stabbed inside his home in the town of Lanaken by an alleged asylum seeker who demanded cash after he was allowed to use the shower.
The Telegraph reported that Father Jos Vanderlee sustained hand and tendon injuries, and was rushed to the hospital. He is expected to survive, however, and make a full recovery.
Local newspaper Het Nieuwsblad revealed that Vanderlee received a knock on his door at home Sunday by a man who said he was an asylum seeker. The man asked the priest to use his shower, and was invited inside. more >>