Christians traveling to the site of the mass shooting in California where 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people before taking his own life, argue that Christians must stand up and speak on these sensitive issues.
"Evangelical church leaders have been largely silent on this crisis and that can't continue. These tragedies are a matter of life and death and they leave individuals, families, and whole communities devastated and in terrible fear. Christian leaders can't simply shrug their shoulders and walk away from such enormous tragedy. Clergy have a unique perspective and unique contributions to make toward solving this problem," the Rev. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday.
The shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara on May 23 that left seven people dead and over a dozen injured has prompted a national dialogue on the role of men and women in society, particularly in light of Rodger's numerous videos where he says he is carrying out the attack because of his loneliness and lack of success with women. more >>
Actress Ann B. Davis, most known for her role as the beloved housekeeper Alice on 1960s television series "The Brady Bunch," passed away at age 88 in Texas on Sunday.
The well-known actress passed away at a hospital in San Antonio after she suffered a subdural hematoma from sustaining a fall in her bathroom, reportedly never regaining consciousness. Her death was reported by the Texas medical examiner's office on Sunday, and an autopsy will be performed Monday.
Along with her well-known role as the lovable housekeeper Alice on "The Brady Bunch," Davis also became well-known off-screen for her dedicated Christian faith. In a 1992 interview with People, the actress spoke of her spiritual side, saying, "I'm convinced we all have a God-shaped space in us, and until we fill that space with God, we'll never know what it is to be whole." more >>
The highly controversial 2013 movie "Spring Breakers" will reportedly see a sequel that features an "extreme Christian sect" that attempts to convert a group of wild partiers in the film.
Screen Daily reported earlier this month that the movie titled "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" is in the works and will be directed by Jonas Akerlund and written by Irvine Welsh.
The "Second Coming" will not be a direct sequel to the first film as characters from the original that stars James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson won't be in it. Instead, it will follow a brand new group of partiers who encounter a gang of evangelical Christians that try to convert them to the faith. more >>
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered an uplifting commencement speech for the 2014 class of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., this past weekend, discussing everything from his conversion to Christianity when he was a teen, to his support for public evangelical figures such as Phil Robertson from "Duck Dynasty."
Jindal, a Republican, spoke to about 34,000 attendees for the evangelical university's 41st commencement ceremony on Saturday, held at the university's Williams Stadium.
The southern governor recalled the "most significant moment" of his life, a moment that happened during his teen years when he was first given the Bible as a gift and snuck away into his closet to read it, unsure of how his Hindu parents, who had emigrated from India, would react. more >>
About 25 people were temporarily stuck in an evangelical church in Kimberly, Ala., Monday night after one of the 13 tornadoes that ravaged the state destroyed most of the church building, trapping those who had been hiding for cover in its basement.
When a tornado began ripping down U.S. 31 on Monday night, congregants and members of the community gathered in the basement of the Kimberly Church of God, located near the highway, to seek shelter. After the tornado passed through, leaving behind broken stained glass and a missing roof, those hiding in the church attempted to escape through a large door in the fellowship hall that had reportedly become jammed during the tornado.
"That fellowhship hall door got wedged somehow," Stan Cooke, the pastor of Kimberly Church of God, told Al.com. The pastor went on to explain that no one panicked about their temporary predicament, but rather kicked down the door to escape the destroyed building. "Somebody knocked it off the hinges. There was no panic, no major injuries. They felt safe the whole time." more >>
While more than half of Americans are skeptical of the Big Bang theory, only a quarter question that there is a creator, according to an Associated Press poll.
The poll also found that a sizable minority question evolution, global warming and whether the earth is billions of years old.
The AP poll asked participants to rate their confidence on several statements relating to medicine and science. Fifty-one percent of surveyed Americans said they are "not too/not at all confident" that "the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang." Only 25 percent expressed skepticism that "the universe is so complex, there must be a supreme being guiding its creation." more >>