The director of the hit movie "The Butler" told an entertainment publication that he thanked God that he did not commit suicide growing up.
Lee Daniels, whose film about a long-serving White House butler has garnered much success, told The Hollywood Reporter in a recent interview that his troubled background led him to consider suicide.
"You know, the universe has been kind to me. I had a rough childhood growing up – very rough. Oftentimes I wanted to kill myself as a kid. You know, I was bullied because I was gay. And then I was bullied because I was black going to an all-white school later on," said Daniels. more >>
A California church has received threats and criticism after placing a figure of a bloody Trayvon Martin in its nativity scene.
Since it hired artist John Zachary, 58, in 2007, Claremont United Methodist Church in Claremont, Calif., has used its nativity scene to intentionally spark what the church sees as challenging, and at times, uncomfortable conversations.
Zachary pointed to the second chapter of Matthew's description of King Herod calling for all boys younger than 2 to be killed, when discussing what inspired him to include the 17-year-old African American teenager in his setting. more >>
The city of Bogota, Colombia, is preparing to host over 1 million Christians who will gather Friday night for a year-end revival celebration organized by Centro Mundial de Avivamiento, or Worldwide Revival Center, the largest evangelical church in Latin America.
"Revival at the Park" is considered to be the largest event in the entire South American continent and will take place under the theme "We Are Going for More," which will culminate the end of the year with attendees engaging in a time of thanksgiving and prayer.
"It's a time to thank God for the year that is about to end, and to put in His hands the one that is about to begin," said Juliana Guzman, spokesperson for Worldwide Revival Center, to The Christian Post. more >>
Education is the great equalizer. Yet, while President Obama was talking earlier this month about how minority and underprivileged Americans need a "decent education," his Department of Education (ED) was pushing more onerous regulations that would have the opposite effect. ED is finalizing the administration's second attempt at passing "gainful employment" standards that place restrictions on institutions that can receive government funding for its students.
In short, the new rules would require programs that receive government funding to students graduate with less than a 12 percent debt-to-income ratio or a debt-to-discretionary-income ratio of less than 30 percent.
This is another example of the administration's attempt to constantly pick winners and losers – and dictate via government funding how private organizations should operate. But this is more than government bureaucrats meddling with business; these rules potentially impact the futures of thousands of individuals who are trying to make their lives better. more >>
The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. has joined LGBT group GLAAD in blasting "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson over his controversial comments about homosexuality, race relations and morality.
Jackson entered the fray via a statement he released Tuesday in which he said Robertson's comments are worse than those made by the white bus driver to Rosa Parks in the historic incident which turned her into an iconic civil rights figure, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"At least the bus driver, who ordered Rosa Parks to surrender her seat to a white person, was following state law," he said in the release. "Robertson's statements were uttered freely and openly without cover of the law, within a context of what he seemed to believe was 'white privilege.'" more >>
The auditorium was filled to capacity, the stage was set with brightly colored lights and creative props, and the music was loud and animated – all typical aspects of a contemporary worship service, yet features that still catch my attention on occasion as someone raised in a more traditional church environment.
It was the Sunday before Christmas and I was sitting in Buckhead Church, a campus of North Point Ministries located in the heart of Atlanta's business district. Although Buckhead is not my home church, I visit there from time to time and that morning my mother and I were attending with some friends.
"Your mom is really into it," my friend whispered during one of the songs. "Yeah, she loves it here," I instantly replied. And then as I looked over at her, it suddenly hit me… here was a 60-year-old Hindu convert from a rural village in eastern India called Jhalda worshipping at an ultramodern megachurch gathering in the middle of Atlanta along with over 30,000 people who would attend one of the church campuses that day. more >>