Law enforcement in Akron, Ohio, is on the defensive after receiving criticism for "fake arresting" three local pastors during their Sunday sermons as part of a marketing promotion for an upcoming drama at the city's civic center.
Summit County Sheriff Steve Barry released a statement this week that the arrests made last weekend at three different churches were part of a community outreach effort called "Defending the Faith," where participating pastors are "fake arrested" during their Sunday sermons and escorted out of the church. The "fake arrests" serve as a lead up to the upcoming drama "Defending the Faith," being held at the Akron Civic Center. During the drama, the pastors will undergo a mock trial, during which they must defend their Christian faith. The purpose of the drama is to show pastors and all Christians must constantly work to defend their faith when it is challenged by evil.
"I want to clarify that none of the arrests were real. It was all part of a skit that went along with the pastors' sermons that day," Barry said in his statement. "I knew it was being filmed, but I thought it was only going to be shown to the congregation. Once it got out there on the Web, people were commenting about how disgusting we were to interrupt church services to effect an arrest." more >>
Ash Wednesday arrived on March 5, marking the first day of Lent when millions of Christians receive ashen crosses on their foreheads.
The Lenten season begins 46 days before Easter- 40 if not counting Sundays- and follows a tradition of self-denial and reflection. Ash Wednesday arrives one day after Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, and in some places, National Pancake Day, when many Christians prepare for the fasting season of Lent with a feast.
Marking the first day of Lent, Christians everywhere are receiving a cross made of ash on their foreheads today. The tradition of applying ashes comes from the Bible, as ashes are repeatedly cited in times of mourning and repentance. The ashes themselves come the previous years' palms used during Palm Sunday. more >>
National Pancake Day, also known as Fat Tuesday and Shrove Tuesday, arrives just ahead of Lent this week, and people across the world are celebrating with their favorite breakfast dish.
Shrove Tuesday, which is the last day before the beginning of Lent, is also related to the celebration of Mardi Grad, meaning "Fat Tuesday" in French. However, in modern times, Shrove Tuesday celebrations are commonly known as Pancake Day, and it marks a day of feasting.
In the U.S., National Pancake Day sees people preparing for the Lent season of self-denial by making pancakes. The doughy breakfast favorite are perfect for the celebration because of their rich ingredients: flour, milk, sugar and eggs, which one should abstain from during the ritual of Lent. more >>
Katy Perry made changes to the music video for "Dark Horse" after an online campaign accused her of blasphemy this week.
The pop singer released the official music video one week ago, and a petition appeared on change.org shortly thereafter urging YouTube to remove the "highly controversial" video from their website. Shazad Iqbal posted the petition from Bradford, U.K., suggesting that "Dark Horse" was blasphemous.
"At 01:15 into the video Dark Horse; a man is shown being burned, whilst wearing a pendant (also burned) forming the word 'Allah,' which is Arabic for God," Iqbal explained on change.org. more >>
These WorshipMob children celebrate the beauty of God's creation by singing a rendition of "Beautiful Things" by Gungor that is guaranteed to give you the CHILLS!
Everyone plays their part in this beautiful performance. You will witness all these God given talents, such as singing, dancing, and instruments being played all together to create a rendition that is worth listening to multiple times.more >>
This group of students from Liberty University created a video encouraging Christians to stand up for their faith and what they believe in. But also, to never force others to believe in the same moralities if they choose not to do so. They themselves are dedicated to living out their lives for their savior Jesus Christ. Making it clear that God has given us all free will in life. It's is not our responsibilities as Christians to cram our faith down anyone's throat.
If you are claiming the Lord's name than people are always watching your life and how you live as a follower of Christ. The group makes it clear that we need to love everyone unconditionally as Jesus did. Also, to stop treating people like we are better than them. At the end of the day no one is perfect, we are all sinners.
It is crucial as Christians to love Christ and glorify His name. As true Christians, we are called to serve and love as Jesus loved. more >>