The Los Angeles Police Department is under fire after a video showing officers fatally shooting a homeless man in response to a robbery on Sunday has gone viral.
Police Commander Andrew Smith told the LA Times the officers assigned to the LAPD's Central Division and Safer Cities Initiative responded to the location around noon on Sunday after receiving a 911 call about a possible robbery. Officers approached the man, who was outside a homeless shelter; he began swinging his arms and one officer then tackled him to the ground. Three more officers attempt to subdue the man, even going so far as to pull out a Taser and attempting to shock him.
Pastor and Counter Culture author David Platt said society cannot effectively fight sex trafficking until it examines its own pornography use.
The Alabama megachurch pastor and Southern Baptist Convention's International Mission Board president writes in Counter Culture that many college students, if asked, would express a desire to end sexual slavery. Yet studies such as a 2008 Barna Research report shows that adults under the age of 25 are twice as likely than Baby Boomers to watch pornography.
"Every time someone views pornography online or on a mobile phone in a living room or office or wherever… they're contributing to a cycle of sex slavery from the privacy of [their] own computer or [their] own smart phone," Platt asserts. more >>
Pastor and author David Platt said he once avoided speaking out about abortion. Now he warns Christians who are silent on the issue that they do not have the option of picking and choosing which social issues to support.
In his latest book, Counter Culture: A Compassionate Call to Counter Culture in a World of Poverty, Homosexuality, Racism, Sex Slavery and other Social Issues, Platt admits that for a time he avoided speaking up about abortion because of its status as a wedge issue.
But the Bible helped him realize that "Before it's ever a political issue, this is a God issue." Now he says when it comes to the unborn, "What we believe about who God is and how God creates doesn't leave room for political or moral neutrality on abortion." more >>
Thanks to the efforts of one Oregon suburban church, a public school in inner-city Portland that was once on a short list to be shut down due to frequent gang violence and had a reputation of being one of the most underperforming schools in the state, has been transformed and is now thriving at its highest academic level in years.
"Roosevelt High School was well known as the most under-resourced and failing school in the state. It had become a metaphor for failure, with a capital 'F,"' pastor Kip Jacob of SouthLake Church in West Linn told The Christian Post.
Although Roosevelt High School in north Portland and its surrounding neighborhood used to be considered relatively safe and family friendly, all of that changed in the late-1980s when gang members from Los Angeles traveled north looking for a new stronghold to claim. more >>
The head of the Roman Catholic Church has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing consideration with a group including an anti-Putin Russian newspaper and a Saudi Arabian blogger.
While the Norwegian Nobel Institute does not publish an official list of nominees, Norwegian experts who can nominee do drop names, according to Alister Doyle of Reuters.
"Pope Francis has been nominated for stressing social justice and care for the environment, and former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked details of U.S. electronic surveillance, for showing how citizens are monitored with few democratic controls," reported Doyle. more >>
NEW YORK — Megan Boudreaux had visited Haiti before on short-term business and missions trips, but never did she imagine that God would call her to permanently abandon a comfortable life in the U.S. for a bare-bones one in a third-world country plagued by poverty and child slavery and that was just starting to climb its way out of a devastating earthquake.
Boudreaux visited Haiti in 2010, at the age of 24, at the behest of her employer. It was her second visit to the Caribbean island that just months prior had been rocked by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.
The earthquake struck Jan. 12, killing anywhere from 230,000-316,000 people, according to CNN. More than a million residents were displaced, with tens of thousands more remaining in that situation today. In addition, nearly 25 percent of Haiti's schools were destroyed or damaged by the quake, the epicenter of which was just 15 miles from the capital Port-au-Prince. more >>