Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina, revealed last Friday that he used to be a "racist" and spouted the n-word "recreationally" with his family until he found Jesus.
"I was not born in the South, but, by the grace of God my parents got me here when I was 4 years old by moving our family from Los Angeles to Easley. I was introduced to sweet tea, biscuits and gravy and fat back— and knew this was the greatest place in the world," said Perry. more >>
NEW YORK — Thousands of people flocked to New York City's iconic Central Park on Saturday, to sway to the sweet sounds of Matt Redman and Mandisa and to have their hearts pricked by the preaching of Argentinian evangelist Luis Palau.
They stood for hours in defiance of the burdensome heat, leaned against gray metal railings and lay sprawled out on towels on the brilliant green grass. Some watched from yards away, eyeing the giant screens above and on either side of the stage while amplifiers carried melodies from Hezekiah Walker, Marcos Witt and Chris Tomlin through the air.
Others got as close as they could to the stage. Although it was closest to the stage that the sun seemed most brazen and should have been causing the most misery, the people there looked more elated than annoyed — apparently too caught up with the music or the messages for something as trivial as the sun to bother them. more >>
The South Carolina decision to remove the Confederate Flag from the State House was an important and timely decision. It was right to do in memory of Pastor Clementa Pinckney and his denomination's struggle against racism. It was right to do because of the insensitivity it would have shown to the families of the other eight victims murdered in the massacre. But it goes beyond respect for the lives of the victims.
The South Carolina legislature stated that they were not going to live in the past. The removal of the flag ends the state's warfare with several Civil Rights legacy groups, like the NAACP. In matters of this magnitude symbolism means a great deal. Therefore, South Carolina (as a state) has symbolically declared, "People have tried to force us to take this flag down and to accept the Civil Rights Movement and other advances in race relations, but today we lay down our First Amendment rights and voluntarily enter into a new celebration of unity and human dignity in our state."
To the extent that my summation is true, this could mark the beginning of a new spirit of unity and the beginning of racial healing in the place where the first shots were fired in the Civil War over 150 years ago. The outpouring of love which began right after the nine murders was a manifestation of the strength of the American Spirit. more >>
The New England Conference of United Methodist Churches, a group of 600 churches spanning six states, voted in favor of a resolution Saturday which calls for an end to the war on drugs because it is the Christian thing to do.
"In the love of Christ, who came to save those who are lost and vulnerable, we urge the creation of a genuinely new system for the care and restoration of victims, offenders, criminal justice officials, and the community as a whole," said the resolution, in part, according to a release from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
"Restorative justice grows out of biblical authority, which emphasizes a right relationship with God, self and community. When such relationships are violated or broken through crime, opportunities are created to make things right," it continued. more >>
The way black celebrities are defending Bill Cosby in the face of new evidence proving Cosby gave a woman Quaaludes to violate her sexually, you'd think rape is okay if a black man like Cosby does it. According to Whoopi Goldberg, Faizon Love, Raven-Symone and Phylicia Rashad, "proof," and the allegations of rape by nearly 50 women, isn't enough to destroy, a good black man-- "a legacy" --like Cosby.
Through a legal request for a court to unseal documents from a 2005 lawsuit against Cosby, the Associated Press obtained a deposition in which Cosby admitted to giving a woman drugs-- essentially to rape her. The woman, who filed the lawsuit was Andrea Constand, the operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball team. Until the allegations surfaced last year, Cosby served on Temple's board of trustees.
In the sworn deposition, under oath, Cosby was asked by one of Constand's attorneys: more >>
Judah Smith, Seattle megachurch pastor and friend to pop star Justin Bieber, has called on Jesus' followers to be bridge-builders weeks after a white supremacist murdered nine black Christians during Bible study at a South Carolina church.
"Recently, the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, had a very deep impact to me and in my heart and in my mind," Smith said in a video message shared online. "Of course, at it's core is the issue of race and racism and prejudice and hatred."
Smith was referencing Dlyann Storm Roof, the 19-year-old who was charged with nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder for the shooting. Police say Roof entered Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17 and opened fire on a group he had been sitting with an hour prior for Bible study. Roof, who faces additional charges, reportedly confessed to targeting his victims because they are black. more >>