After being told by his doctor two years ago that he would not be able to run again, Pastor Matthew Barnett of the Los Angeles Dream Center will run a full marathon Sunday to raise support and awareness for women exploited through human trafficking.
"It's very emotional for me because two years ago, I had a pulmonary embolism that almost took my life. I've lived in fear of this changing my lifestyle forever. The marathon is a way for me to face these fears once and for all in the ultimate test," Barnett told The Christian Post. "I'm a pastor and I probably need more faith but this has tested my breathing and my confidence. I believe running for a greater cause will push me over the top."
Over 100 Dream Center staff along with several human trafficking survivors will also participate in the 5K charity relay and marathon and are urging the Christian Community to help sponsor them. Their goal is to raise $50,000 and as of Thursday morning, over $43,000 had been donated by supporting individuals and churches throughout the country, as shown on Barnett's fundraising page. more >>
After finding a $20 bill in a Cracker Barrel parking lot in Toledo, Ohio, 8-year-old Myles Eckert decided to give the money to a soldier he had never met before.
"I kind-of wanted to get a video game, but then I decided not to," Eckert told CBS News. Instead of spending the money on himself, Myles decided to give the money to a member of the Air National Guard who was dining at the restaurant, "because he was a soldier, and soldiers remind me of my dad."
Lt. Col. Frank Dailey, the soldier who received the gift, considers Myles' act of kindness as an honor. more >>
Louie and Shelley Giglio launched their first Passion Conference in 1997 with 2,000 students and have over the past 17 years, encouraged over one million college-aged students in the U.S. to turn their hearts to Christ and serve Him with their lives.
In addition to heading up the annual Passion Conference, the Giglios lead Passion City Church in Atlanta, Ga., which they founded in 2008. Giglio also launched last year the anti-slavery End It Movement that supports several organizations working on the ground around the world to end human trafficking, bring perpetrators to justice and restore broken lives.
In a wide-reaching interview with The Christian Post, Giglio talks about his latest projects, like his new Passion book, why he wants to hang out in the "university window," and why he finds it hard to believe that Jesus-following Millennials are leaving the church in large numbers, like recent surveys suggest. Instead, Giglio says, "I think a lot of students right now, young people are walking toward Jesus." more >>
President Barack Obama announced Thursday the strategy behind his administration's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative that aims to close the achievement gap for black and Hispanic youth by ensuring they receive education and job opportunities so that they can reach their full potential in life.
Obama remarked that in the 50 years after Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream for America's children, the advancement of "the average black and brown child in this country lags behind, by almost every measure, and is worse for boys and young men."
"If you're African American, there's a one-in-two chance that you grew up without a father in your house. If you're Latino, you have a one-in-four chance," Obama added, noting that fewer black and Latino men are participating in the labor force, which is leading to higher unemployment and poverty rates. more >>
A bill meant to ban abortions for fetuses capable of feeling pain has passed a South Carolina House of Representatives committee.
H. 4223 was passed by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and will soon go before the full House for debate.
Known also as the "South Carolina Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," the proposed legislation would ban most abortions after 20 weeks due to some indications that this is when the typical fetus can feel pain. more >>
Warning: This article contains spoilers
"The Lego Movie" has dominated the box office for three weeks in a row, and captured high praise from reviewers, but the ideas and themes it presents (many of them remarkably consistent with a Christian worldview) may very well rank as its highest accomplishment.
The film presents a light-hearted, adventurous atmosphere infectious for kids and adults alike. It features pop culture references to Batman, Gandalf from Lord of the Rings, and Dumbledore from Harry Potter. From a journey to "Cloud Coo-Coo Land," where "there's no government, babysitters, and no consistency," to the millionth floor of President Business' mansion, which hosts "a mysterious room called the 'think tank,'" the movie creates a world full of witty fun. more >>