Religious leaders in St. Louis suspect racism could be to blame for what became the city's seventh church fire to occur in less than two weeks on Thursday, but authorities have not yet pinpointed what motivated the arson attacks.
Since Oct. 8, more than half a dozen churches, which all vary denominationally, have been targeted in what police believe to be deliberate acts of arson. The latest attack occurred on Thursday at the downtown Shrine of St. Joseph Church, which sustained fire damage to its rectory doors.
Police found similarities in the arson attacks in that the fires at all seven churches were similarly set and occurred when the church was empty. The attacks have occurred at predominantly black congregations located near Ferguson, with the exception of St. Josephs although it is located in a predominantly black neighborhood. more >>
Wycliffe College, an evangelical theology school at the University of Toronto with historic ties to the Anglican Church of Canada, has begun offering seminary training programs for the nation's indigenous population to help them adjust to seminary life.
The week-long program took place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4, with organizers expecting to do more sessions in later academic years.
National Indigenous Anglican Bishop Mark MacDonald, who aided in teaching the weeklong program, stated in the Anglican Journal that he hoped attendees "will have a sense of confidence in their own learning and ministry." more >>
While honoring her husband for his unconditional love, actress and "The Real" co-host, Tamera Mowry-Housley, says God has kept her and FOX News correspondent Adam Housley married for four years.
"We've been through ups and downs, through thick and thin. People always ask what makes our love our love," Mowry-Housley wrote in an Instagram post on Monday.
"Persistence, forgiveness, unconditional love, honesty, communication, but most importantly our relationship with God:) You love me anyhow @adamhousley and I thank you for that." more >>
NEW YORK — He was selling dope by age 11, eventually got hooked on crack cocaine, and wound up in prison twice. He could have been killed countless times and once, as he tells it, was even attacked by a witch. But the man who yearned as a youth to become a god of the streets by building a drug empire, is now a man on mission for God.
Dimas Salaberrios, in his 40s, pastors a flock that meets in a community center at the Bronx River Housing Projects, known historically as ground zero for hip-hop and for being infested with crime. He is also president of Concerts of Prayer Greater NYC, a multiracial and cross-cultural organization of pastors and churches believed to be the largest of its kind in New York City. Salaberrios was also among those who successfully fought against officials' attempts to bar churches from renting city-owned community centers and public school spaces for worship services. His family's supporting presence in Charleston, South Carolina, at Emanuel A.M.E. Church earlier this year also gained notable attention.
That is what the married father of three has been up to in recent times. Thirty years ago, it was an entirely different story, one in which, for all intents and purposes, he was an enemy of God. more >>
Lecrae made history Tuesday by becoming the first purely hip-hop artist to win Artist of the Year at the GMA Dove Awards. But not everyone is celebrating this achievement by the rapper and outspoken Christian.
Meeke Addison, a spokeswoman for Urban Family Communications, an organization dedicated to delivering "biblical truth" to the black community, feels that the industry shouldn't reward Lecrae since, in recent years, the artist has distanced himself from being known as a "Christian rapper."
"What he has consistently and repeatedly rejected is the genre of 'Christian rap.' He has repeatedly rejected it," said Addison to One News Now earlier this week. "So why then does this Christian award outlet need to award him 'Artist of the Year?' Why? It is unfair to actual Christian rappers." more >>
Bobby Jones' longstanding BET staple, "Bobby Jones Gospel," is airing its final season, which the music pioneer said is comparable to losing a loved one.
"Oh my goodness, it's like losing a child," Jones told The Root in a report published earlier this week.
Although Jones' statement to The Root was followed by laughter, the 76 year old has publicly acknowledged the affect that ending the show will have. more >>