Countless people were forever changed by the terrorist attacks that took place 14 years ago on Sept. 11, 2001. And today, some of America's beloved entertainers are sharing how close to home the tragedy almost hit.
Mark Wahlberg, the 44-year old actor from "Transformers: Age of Extinction," was expected to be a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11 that crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center 14 years ago. Although he was scheduled to get on that flight from Boston to Los Angeles, he opted to attend a film festival and boarded a chartered flight instead.
Years later, the Christian actor said he still has dreams about what could have taken place had he boarded that flight. more >>
NEW YORK — At 8:46 a.m. on Friday, the exact time when the first plane crashed into 1 World Trade Center, North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001, the Rev. William Lupfer, rector of Trinity Wall Street church, rang the Bell of Hope in the churchyard of the historic St. Paul's Chapel. The chapel forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City.
He rang the bell in a solemn pattern of "four fives," the traditional firefighters' salute to the fallen, as a small gathering of people quietly bowed their heads as he remembered the victims of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and United Flight 93 on the 14th anniversary of 9/11.
To remember the fallen, the bell, which was gifted to New York City in 2002 by the city of London, has been rung each year on 9/11 since the first anniversary of the terrorist attack. more >>
NEW YORK — A Vermont-based Mennonite who makes the journey to New York City each Sept. 11 to bring hope and healing to local residents after the terrorist attacks that killed over 3,000 people in 2001, says people seem to become less receptive to the Gospel message of Jesus Christ every year.
Bryan Hess, a member of Green Mountain Mennonite Fellowship in Bennington, joins dozens of other Mennonites each year at the World Trade Center as part of an outreach ministry that includes handing out tracts, singing hymns and distribution of water bottles.
Speaking to The Christian Post on Friday, Hess explained how things have changed in the area since 2001. more >>
Were the Islamic terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks crazed fanatics, or were they simply religious men who were deeply devoted to a destructive and deadly cause?
The night before these jihadists committed their ghastly acts, they read a letter written in Arabic giving them their final instructions, including these lines: "Purify your soul from all unclean things. Completely forget something called 'this world' [or, 'this life']. The time for play is over and the serious time is upon us. How much time have we wasted in our lives? Shouldn't we take advantage of these last hours to offer good deeds and obedience?"
In another context, many of us could say "Amen" to these words, but in this context it reminds us of a sad reality: These men were more committed to evil than most of us are committed to good, more serious about their faith (in an unhealthy way) than most of us are about our faith (in a healthy way). What would happen if we were as devoted to restoration as they were to destruction, as committed to saving lives as they were to destroying lives? more >>
Seven candidates in the first of the evening GOP debate took several memorable jabs at Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton in Cleveland.
The inaugural debate, hosted by Fox News Thursday, consisted of seven candidates who did not make the top ten based on polling selected by the news network. The GOP currently has 17 major candidates in the race for the party's nomination.
Right out of the gate, with the second question of the night addressing Donald Trump, former Texas governor Rick Perry ripped the GOP front-runner for his past positions on health care. more >>
The Wounded Warrior Project, an organization that helps verterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces who've sustained mental or physical injuries since 9/11, is expected to receive up to $1 million in donations from DVD sales of the Oscar-nominated film "American Sniper" that was released on Tuesday.
The Clint Eastwood-directed film, which is based on the book American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. History, and stars Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Proceeds from physical and digital sales will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project from Warner Bros.
"One dollar of each purchase will be donated up to $1 million from sales through Dec. 31," reads a Warner Bros. statement that was shared with The Christian Post. more >>