Nigeria's House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday to criminalize gay marriage, same-sex "amorous relationships" and even membership of a gay rights group, defying pressure from Western powers to respect gay and lesbian rights.
May 2013 Archives
Alethea Allen, a Virginia resident, graduated this week from Wesley Theological Seminary in Northwest Washington after years of divinity classes. But she has no intention of becoming a minister.
The I Am Second movement is partnering with emcee and poet Propaganda to host the Spoken Word Challenge today through June 18.
Dove Award-nominated band PRESS PLAY have announced an October 1st release for their highly anticipated new album #LITO on DREAM Records. #LITO, the follow up to their highly successful, World Anthem and NY2LA albums will accompany the release with an outpour of contributions from their fans.
Left to Right: Chris August, Montell Jordan at "You Are" Video Shoot
Song Debuted on The Fish/Atlanta and will be available on iTunes June 11th
Fervent Records' soulful recording artist Dara Maclean's eagerly-awaited new single, "Wanted," premieres today at online retailers (iTunes' link: here) and at radio May 31. "Wanted" is produced by Paul Mabury (All Sons & Daughters, Meredith Andrews, Hillsong) and written by Justin Ebach, Mabury and Maclean.
For 20 years, Stephen King has had an image stuck in his head: It's a boy in a wheelchair flying a kite on a beach. "It wanted to be a story, but it wasn't a story," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. But little by little, the story took shape around the image -- and focused on an amusement park called "Joyland" located just a little farther down the beach.
Linda Woolverton, who wrote the script for the first "Alice," was tapped to pen the sequel late last year.
Serena Williams of United States of America serves during her Women's Singles match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania on day six of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 31, 2013 in Paris, France. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)
Serena and Venus Williams have pulled out of doubles at the French Open before playing a match.
Nicki Minaj is following Mariah Carey out the door on "American Idol."
Arvind Mahankali of Bayside Hills, N.Y., shows the trophy he won at the national spelling bee. (Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
After years of heartbreakingly close calls, Arvind Mahankali conquered his nemesis, German, to become the champion speller in the English language.
Astronomers plan to study asteroid set to pass Earth to avert future catastrophes.
Secretary of State John Kerry discusses the International Religious Freedom Report
If you follow religious freedom issues, you are already aware of the connection between government restrictions on religious freedoms and countries prone to violence toward religious minorities.
Four years ago, I Am Second, a ministry of e3 Partners, launched a Web site that tells the stories of people who have come to Christ. It features actors, athletes, musicians, business leaders, drug addicts, and even next-door neighbor. These authentic stories provide hope to the hurting.
MegaFest's Life-Changing Events, Concerts and Film Festival to Draw 50,000 Global Attendees
This spring at some high schools, students used simulators to learn how dangerous it is to text and drive now that texting has surpassed alcohol as a greater risk for teens on the nation's roadways.
Bryan Taylor looks for items to salvage at his brother's tornado-ravaged home Saturday in Moore, Okla. (Charlie Riedel, AP)
When natural disasters occur, most Americans take increased interest in God and donate to relief agencies -- and they trust faith-based agencies more than their secular counterparts. A third also believe prayer can avert natural disasters.
New Bethlehem is a little town as quiet as the burbling Redbank waters flowing close by. It's hardly the kind of place you'd expect to hold the largest group of any kind, much less one that's influencing the world.
More than three in four of Americans say religion is losing its influence in the United States, according to a new survey, the highest such percentage in more than 40 years. A nearly identical percentage says that trend bodes ill for the country.
Parents who have minor children at home are a relatively tech-savvy group. They are more likely than other adults to have computers, internet access, smartphones, and tablet computers. (This relatively high tech use may be due to the fact that parents with minor children living at home tend to also be younger than other adults.) They are also more likely than adults without children to read e-books.
Four weeks. Four major legal rulings. What the Supreme Court decides by the end of June could fundamentally change lives and legacies on a range of politically explosive issues.
Davidson College (Courtesy of Davidson College)
Some Davidson College students and faculty are pushing the school to drop a bylaw that requires the school's president to be a Presbyterian.
NFL player Adrian Peterson attends the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America)
NFL MVP Adrian Peterson says he has family members who are gay whom he loves and respects. But on gay marriage, the Minnesota Vikings running back says "that's not something I believe in."
Chinese firefighters have rescued a newborn boy from a sewer pipe below a squat toilet, sawing out an L-shaped section and then delicately dismantling it to free the cocooned baby, who greeted the rescuers with cries.
A Boy Scout with Troop 212 walked with other scouts and their families to Southeast Christian Church off Waterson Trail in 1998. (Copyright 1998 The Courier-Journal)
Mega-church's action linked in part to Scouting's decision to allow openly gay youths in troops.
(Associated Press/Photo by Julie Jacobson)
Gamblers in the Silver State no longer need to visit a Las Vegas casino to blow their dough. Nevada has opened the nation's first legal gambling website that deals in real money, UltimatePoker.com. The site's April 30 launch was a milestone for internet gambling in the United States, and similar sites are expected to launch in New Jersey and Delaware later this year.
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Robbie Rogers runs during the second half of the MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders in Carson, California May 26, 2013. Rogers is the first openly gay player on a major men's professional team in North America. (REUTERS/Danny Moloshok)
When he ran onto the field to make his debut Sunday night as a member of Major League Soccer's L.A. Galaxy, openly gay Robbie Rogers received a loud ovation from 24,811 Southern California fans at the Home Depot Center.
Several leading evangelical pastors and authors have come to the defense of a pastor accused in a lawsuit for covering up sexual abuse of children.
A member of the clergy holds an umbrella bearing the logo of the Women and the Church campaign group outside Church House on November 20, 2012 in London, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Europe)
The Church of England published a plan on Friday to approve the ordination of women bishops by 2015, a widely supported reform it just missed passing last November after two decades of divisive debate.
On Sunday, April 7, 2013, Jerry Krause, shown here with his wife, Gina, disappeared with his plane just miles from a refueling stop at a West African island. Krause's family in Mali, where he has lived for 16 years, and in Waseca, Minn., believes he is alive and could have landed in hostile territory. (Associated Press: Alyssa Krause)
American missionary Jerry Krause has been missing for nearly two months. The 54-yr-old missionary pilot disappeared April 7 while flying his turboprop aircraft from South Africa to Mali.
Kindergarten students on their way to lunch at Bridge International Academy in Mbale Town, Vihiga County, in Western Kenya, one of a fast-growing chain of schools providing education for about $5 a month.
Dennis Abudho and his family of five children live in a one-bedroom house without electricity in Bandani, an informal settlement in Kisumu, Kenya.
Rick and Kay Warren took the Saddleback Church stage May 25, the first time since their son's death on April 5, 2013. (Screencap/Saddleback.com)
"I have wept every day since my son died and I make no apology for that," the Saddleback pastor tells his church. "Grief is a good thing. It is the way we go through the transitions of life."
Psychologists blame 'emerging adulthood' on the bad economy but Christian leaders say prolonged adolescence can--and should--be avoided
Jarvis Williams (Courtesy The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary)
To some observers, Jarvis Williams would seem to be the ideal tenure-track professor. In 2010 he won a teaching award from the Campbellsville University student government; in 2011 he received a university commendation for his work on racial reconciliation and theology; and in 2012 administrators promoted him to associate professor.
HONORING HIS SON: Don Lipstein at his home with a memorial to Joshua. (Kenneth K. Lam/Genesis)
He's threatening to kill himself, and I don't know what to do. ..."
Nick Vujicic in Vietnam (Associated Press/Photo by Na Son Nguyen)
Thousands of Vietnamese filled the soccer stadium in their Communist-ruled country, and millions more watched from home, as an Australian evangelical preacher approached the stage to deliver his inspirational, and unprecedented, message.
An artists impression of an inflatable space station module set to be tested by Nasa
Corporate researchers may be living on the moon by the time NASA astronauts head off to visit an asteroid in the 2020s, a study of future human missions unveiled on Thursday shows.
Lea Seydoux, director Abdellatif Kechiche and Adele Exarchopoulos win the Palme d'Or for best film in 'La vie d'Adele' at Awards winners photocall during the 66th Cannes Film Festival 2013 at the Palais des Festivals on the Croisette Avenue in Cannes. (Getty Images)
An intimate lesbian love story by French director Abdellatif Kechiche won the top prize in Cannes on Sunday, and the film festival's director immediately urged the large crowds protesting against gay marriage in Paris to go and see it.
'The chair is out to kill us,' a Mayo doctor says. Several studies point to the health risks of too much sitting.
When you search "teens do stupid things" on YouTube, you get a treasure trove. (Credit: BFvsGF/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)
Speaking at a festival in the U.K., Google's executive chairman offers that the things teens do now will stay with them forever, by way of the Web. He also suggested some people are sharing too much online.
Italy's Matteo Manassero became the youngest ever winner at the PGA Championship.
(Photo: Lisa Krantz, San Antonio Express-News, via AP)
The body of a missing teenager was found Sunday, a day after he was reported missing in floodwaters that struck south Texas, bringing the death toll from the severe weather to three.
"I take full responsibility for my poor choices" suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson said in a statement.
The redshirt freshman quarterback who led the University of Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season in 2012 and a berth in the national title game has been suspended for the fall semester for "poor academic judgment," Everett Golson said in a statement released by the school Sunday.
A majority of Americans still oppose the nation's new health care measure, three years after it became law, according to a new survey.
The graffiti was etched across the torso of the figure in the sculpture.
Parents of a 15-year-old Chinese tourist have apologized after the teenager defaced a stone sculpture in an ancient Egyptian temple with graffiti.
Tourists fill the balcony of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ while pews for members go empty. (Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times)
The tourists started lining up two hours before morning worship service on West 116th Street in Harlem. Most were dressed in everyday clothes, contrasting with the dark suits and prim dresses of the largely African-American congregation in the historic sanctuary of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.
Soldiers salute as "Taps" is played during a military funeral nearby as they were placing flags on graves at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, May 23, 2013.
U.S. President Barack Obama will honor the country's war dead with an address Monday, as the United States observes its annual Memorial Day.
President Barack Obama hugs Amy Simpson, principal of Plaza Towers Elementary School, outside what remains of the school following last week's tornado in Moore, Okla., May 26, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama came to Oklahoma on Sunday to comfort grieving families, laud the work of emergency responders and offer assurances that the nation stands ready to assist with recovery from last week's deadly tornadoes.
Crosses adorn a makeshift memorial on the grouds of the Plaza Towers elementary school in memory of the seven children who died during the devastating tornado, in Moore, Okla., May 25, 2013. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP / GETTY IMAGES)
Churches across Moore, Okla., have transformed into disaster relief centers this week -- the area is, after all, about as Bible Belt as America gets.
Recently, Verner Nachtigal stood in line, waiting for his order at a fast-food restaurant in California. As the project leader for Global Outreach Day, what better place to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, he thought.
While not all churchgoers are particularly transparent or open about their faith, mature Christians are consistent in character and identity around non-believers, LifeWay research reveals.
You know Montell Jordan. But the "This Is How We Do It" singer has abandoned his familiar topics of women, partying and drinking and is now the worship pastor at a church in Atlanta. He uses his brand of pop-leaning contemporary Christian music to lead the multi-ethnic megachurch.
Click to enlarge. Data source: WIN/Gallup International poll
Pope Francis's pronouncement that God has "redeemed all of us ... even the atheists" Wednesday surprised both believers and nonbelievers around the world, who are used to stricter edicts from the Catholic church. It also got us wondering where the world's atheists live.
Musician Carrie Underwood performs onstage during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images North America)
And Blake Shelton has a date for his benefit concert.
Another day, another headache for the Internal Revenue Service.
Google may be on another collision course with the U.S. government over how it does business.
Pope Francis greets the faithful as he leaves St. Peter's Square at the end of his weekly audience April 10 at the Vatican.
American atheists welcomed Pope Francis' comments that God redeems nonbelievers, saying that the new pontiff's historic outreach is helping to topple longstanding barriers.
"Don't Have Love," the recent music video from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, has surpassed more than 500,000 YouTube views since its debut last year.
Boy Scouts salute early Saturday morning, May 21, 2011 during New Jersey's Boy Scouts Camporee in Sea Girt, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, file)
The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders - a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.
Supports of the ban on gay members point to the Scout oath, which includes the line "On my honor I will do my best .... to keep myself physically strong, mentally alert and morally straight."
Monday night, in the wake of the devastating tornado in Oklahoma, John Piper posted two tweets at 11:00pm (CST). Both tweets quoted the first chapter of Job. He first cited Job 1:19, and then Job 1:20, and they were posted together consecutively:
In the most prominent challenge of its kind, Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. is asking a federal appeals court Thursday for an exemption from part of the federal health care law that requires it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill.
New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (Associated Press/Photo by Bebeto Matthews)
The New York City Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution Wednesday calling on the state legislature to allow houses of worship to rent from public schools. The final vote tally was 38-11, with Council Speaker Christine Quinn--the top candidate for New York City mayor, who will control education policy if elected--voting against it.
Arizona state Rep. Steve Smith
When an atheist lawmaker offered the daily prayer--if it can even be called that--at the Arizona House of Representatives, a Christian lawmaker demanded a do-over.
48 of the 50 most populous U.S. cities have grown since 2010
Flowers lay outside Woolwich Barracks on May 23, 2013 in London, England.
Video shows a man with a cleaver and swearing "by Allah" to keep fighting
Christian romantic comedy has not been a genre that has historically received much time on the big screen. Right off hand, we can't think of an example. But that will soon change with A Strange Brand of Happy from Cincinnati, Ohio-based Rebel Pilgrim Productions.
All Sons & Daughters' First CD/DVD, LIVE, Hit No. 1 At iTunes'
Top Concert Films Movie Sales Chart Amidst Wide Acclaim
GRAMMY® winner and multi-platinum recording artist Chris Tomlin just completed the most successful tour of his 13 year career, with his spring 2013 "Burning Lights Tour" not only seeing a 53% increase in average show attendance above his 2011-2012 tour, but also selling out 25 of its shows, including major U.S. markets like New York, Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. Additionally, Houston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Seattle each saw ticket sales in excess of 10,000.
On the heels of receiving some of the best reviews of her 30+ year career, six time GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant has even more to celebrate as her first full length album in 10 years, How Mercy Looks From Here, has garnered her a No. 1 debut on Christian SoundScan and a No. 12 debut on the Billboard 200, scanning over 26,000 units.
The last David Crowder*Band album, Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys]), debuted as the No. 2 record in the country and marked the highest selling debut for the band. Paired with an epic final performance at the Passion 2012 Conference, the release was the denouement to an impactful, multi-decade career. Now, fans of the David Crowder*Band can cherish their career in full with the release of the first DC*B Greatest Hits, All This For A King: The Essential Collection.
BILL-SHARING: The Hesses review paperwork. (Adam Covington/Genesis)
When Obamacare reached its third birthday in March, House Democrats celebrated with reports of the healthcare overhaul's early achievements: Seventy million additional Americans receiving free preventative care, 3 million young adults covered under their parents' health insurance plans, and seniors saving $6 billion in Medicaid prescriptions.
Joshua Kusterer, 12, Nach Mitschke, 6, and Wyatt Mitschke, 4, salute as they recite the pledge of allegiance during the "Save Our Scouts" prayer vigil and rally in Dallas. (Associated Press/Photo by Richard Rodriguez, File)
Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are meeting this week in Grapevine, Texas, to decide whether openly homosexual boys can participate in the group's programs.
Pyotr Verzilov, husband of jailed punk group Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, holds a placard outside a court building in the town of Berezniki on Wednesday. (Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)
Russian lawmakers on Tuesday took a step toward imposing jail terms for offending religious feelings, approving legislation proposed after punk band Pussy Riot performed a raucous protest song in Moscow's main Orthodox Christian cathedral.
The Peace Corps said on Tuesday it will start accepting applications next month from same-sex couples who want to volunteer together as part of the overseas service program.
A national atheist group said it plans to donate enough books on its views to be placed in all Georgia state park cabins after the state's governor said Bibles should remain at the vacation properties despite an atheist's recent complaint.
John Stubbfield placed an American flag in Moore, Okla. (Katherine Taylor for The New York Times)
Christian organizations are delivering assistance to the tornado victims in Moore, Okla.
Taylor Tennyson sits in the front yard as family members salvage the remains of their home, devastated by the Moore tornado. (Adrees Latif / Reuters)
Two infants -- 4 and 7 months old -- were the youngest victims of the tornado that ravaged the Oklahoma City suburbs earlier this week, the state said Wednesday.
Gateway Church is pleased to announce its acquisition of The Table, a social network and community platform designed for churches. The same, innovative technology that has empowered more than 700 churches to take community to the next level is now housed in a church environment.
A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. (The Oklahoman, NewsOk.com)
The loss of life and stunning devastation in Oklahoma City suburbs after a monster tornado ripped through the area are heart-wrenching. "The streets are just gone. The signs are just gone," said Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, after she toured the area by helicopter Tuesday. And many, many relief organizations are getting the message out on how to help.
Notre Dame Cathedral is evacuated by the police in Paris on May 21, 2013. (Yoan Valat/EPA)
A man committed suicide inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, prompting the clearing out of hundreds of tourists, who had been waiting in a snaking line to visit the 850-year-old landmark.
Acknowledging that it would jeopardize the passage of a sweeping immigration reform bill, a top ally of LGBT rights advocates will not call for a committee vote on an amendment that would include the spouses of LGBT individuals with the same standing as heterosexual couples in immigration law.
Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder celebrates a play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 5, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)
Oklahoma City isn't just a place where Thunder star Kevin Durant lives these days. It's home.
Celebrate Recovery brings Christ to the 12-step program modeled on Alcoholics Anonymous.
A Vatican spokesman on Tuesday refuted claims that Pope Francis performed an exorcism on a man in St. Peter's Square after Mass on Sunday. But he did not altogether deny the encounter.
Anthony Weiner attends the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Toronto Raptors on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Elsa/Getty Images North America)
Tiger Woods of the USA and Sergio Garcia of Spain stand on the 11th tee during round three of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images North America)
Golfer Sergio Garcia has apologized for his comments about making Tiger Woods fried chicken, but the damage may have already been done.
In this May 20, 2013 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., left, confers with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., as the Senate Judiciary Committee assembled to work on a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
A far-reaching bill to remake the nation's immigration system is headed to the full Senate, where tough battles are brewing on gay marriage, border security and other contentious issues, with the outcome impossible to predict.
A dispute over public prayers at town board meetings will be taken up by the Supreme Court in coming months, another contentious case over the intersection of faith and the public arena.
Gotee Records has signed acclaimed singer/songwriter Ryan Stevenson to an exclusive recording agreement. A native of the Pacific Northwest and resident of Boise, Idaho, he has been a full-time touring artist for the past two years.
Platinum selling artist Mark Schultz is a true testament of All Things Possible.
Historic location highlights nation at a crossroads
World Champion basketball player Dwyane Wade and Grammy award winning hip hop artist Lecrae join forces for the launch of the National Campaign "This Is Fatherhood".
Cindy Wilson texts friends after her home was destroyed in the afternoon tornado. Cindy and her husband took cover in their home's bathtub when the tornado hit. (Jim Beckel / The Oklahoman via AP)
Rescue teams combed through pulverized buildings and splintered homes Tuesday after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history blasted through Oklahoma City and its suburbs, killing at least 24 people, including nine children.
"Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen." - Charles Caleb Colton
According to a new study published Wednesday in The American Educational Research Journal, an overwhelming majority of recent college graduates are completely unprepared to carry the full weight of the U.S. economic recovery.
Rafael Nadal of Spain holds his winners trophy after his straight sets victory against Roger Federer of Switzerland in their final match during day eight of the Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2013 at the Foro Italico Tennis Centre on May 19, 2013 in Rome, Italy. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe)
After all these years, Rafael Nadal still knows how to dominate Roger Federer.
Response: At least 21 people were injured across Oklahoma as the storm tore through the region on Sunday
When Lindsay Carter heard on the radio that a violent storm was approaching her rural Oklahoma neighborhood, she gathered her belongings and fled. When she returned, there was little left of the community Carter had called home.
Kids start watching porn online from as early as the age of 6--and are flirting on the Internet from the age of 8--according to a Bitdefender marketing study of over 19,000 parents worldwide.
(Credit: AP/Steve Helber)
A federal judge on Friday blocked a new Arkansas law that would ban most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, one of the most restrictive abortion statutes in the nation.
Are superhero movies becoming too dark? With the release of IRON MAN 3 and the upcoming Superman reboot MAN OF STEEL, some are worried about what these movies might be communicating about reality.
A Christian humanitarian aid worker has told the story of her dramatic rescue from Somali land-based pirates in January 2012 after being held captive for over 90 days in a new book.
A Catholic priest teaches children to sing a Christmas carol as they prepare for a Christmas Day performance at a Catholic church in Taiyuan, Shanxi province December 16, 2012. (REUTERS / STRINGER)
Contradictory actions and statements continue to cloud the stability of Chinese church houses in recent months.
"Duck Dynasty," which stars the Robertson family of Louisiana, is currently one of the most watched shows in the United States.
Taylor Swift poses in the press room with presented Billboard awards during the 2013 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)
Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" swept four major song categories, while Rihanna also took home four trophies.
Best-selling author Donald Miller on the struggle to find meaning in life--and why we must not confuse meaning with success. An interview with Joshua DuBois.
The orbit of asteroid 1998 QE2. (NASA / JPL / Caltech)
It's 1.7 miles long. Its surface is covered in a sticky black substance similar to the gunk at the bottom of a barbecue. If it impacted Earth it would probably result in global extinction. Good thing it is just making a flyby.
Media were allowed access to shoot the main tornado site in Granbury on Sunday. (Gerry McCarthy/Dallas Morning News)
In a place where so much has been lost, broken and scattered, many people in this tornado-touched town say they found something they didn't know was missing.
A tornado in Texas this past week (Tom Fox)
Baseball-sized hail, wind gusts and tornadoes are threatening to pummel parts of the central Plains and Midwest on Sunday and Monday.
President Barack Obama delivers the commencement address during a ceremony at Morehouse College on Sunday, May 19, in Atlanta, Georgia. Morehouse is a historically black college that has Martin Luther King Jr. and other prominent African-Americans on its list of alumni.
Past, present and future came together on a thunderstorm-filled Sunday, as President Barack Obama received an honorary doctorate and gave the commencement speech at historically black, all-male Morehouse College, where the Rev. Martin Luther King and many other prominent African-Americans spent their formative years.
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Yahoo's board have reportedly made a bid for blogging site Tumblr.
The Yahoo board has reportedly approved a deal to pay $1.1 billion in cash for the blogging site Tumblr.
Hundreds of meteoroid impacts on the moon, detected by NASA's lunar monitoring program. The brightest, detected on 17 March 2013, in Mare Imbrium, is marked by the red square. (NASA)
A meteoroid struck the surface of the moon recently, causing an explosion that was visible on Earth without the aid of a telescope, NASA reported Friday. But don't be alarmed if you didn't see it; it only lasted about a second.
The emotion shows as David Beckham walks off the field after his late substitution at the Parc des Princes.
With tears streaming down his face, David Beckham said farewell in his final home game as a professional footballer Saturday.
They claim that they've glimpsed heaven but survivors of near-death experiences face a surprising skeptic: the church.
"God, help me!"
The follow-up to 2009's hit is an easy winner at the box office, but its mission falls short of some analysts' forecasts.
The National Organization for Marriage intends to sue the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) next week amid allegations that the government tax-collecting agency leaked confidential donor information to a key political rival.
The escalation of Muslim attacks on Christian churches in Egypt continues unabated.
by Danita Whyte
with Danaé, Daniqua, and Danyelle Whyte
by Danita Whyte
with Danaé, Daniqua, and Danyelle Whyte
by Danae Whyte
with Danita, Daniqua, and Danyelle Whyte
While applying with the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status in 2009, an Iowa-based anti-abortion group was asked to provide information about its members' prayer meetings, documents sent by an IRS official to the organization reveal.
The Archbishop of Westminster, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols will issue a wide ranging attack on the Coalition's family policies, accusing David Cameron of undermining marriage in a way that "no intelligent Government" would do.
Katharine Welby, daughter of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (GEOFF PUGH)
Top public schools have put it in their curricula and David Cameron has even set out to measure it, now churches are embarking on a drive to teach "happiness" to the nation.
by Matt Erickson
The Christian Broadcasting Network regrets the misunderstanding. Again.
Growing up Roman Catholic in Newfoundland, Matt Maher never imagined that his childhood interest in music would lead to a career as a Grammy-nominated, chart-topping Christian rocker -- let alone a crossover artist featured on Christian radio and in evangelical worship.
When Ed Buckner and his family went to a north Georgia state park to celebrate his son's birthday, he was surprised and concerned to find Bibles in the state-owned cabin he had rented.
A florist who was told by the state of Washington she must provide her services for a gay wedding is countersuing the state, saying she has served gay customers her entire career and is concerned the state's position on gay weddings will harm religious freedom.
The ancient and intriguing "Gabriel Stone," displayed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, is inked with mysterious Hebrew writing about the archangel. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Gabriel is one of the Bible's best known angels.
A judge has dismissed most of a lawsuit alleging child sexual abuse and conspiracy to cover up at a large church in Maryland.
A growing percentage of U.S. immigrants are coming from Africa and the Asia-Pacific region and immigrants are increasingly Muslim and Hindu, a study found.
The Band's Smash Hit Single "Redeemed" Is Nominated for 2013 Billboard Music Awards' "Christian Song of the Year" and K-LOVE Fan Awards' "Song of the Year"
On May 13, Word Entertainment's Jason Castro commenced shooting for "The Perfect Summer" in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
E-books are helping fuel overall growth in the publishing industry. According to BookStats figures released Wednesday by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), trade books generated $15 billion in revenue in 2012, up 6.9% from the year before. Trade publications include fiction and non-fiction books for adults, young adults and children, and do not include higher ed, K-12 and professional/scholarly volumes.
Shonda Rhimes's show deals with adultery, temptation, redemption, and the need for a savior--making it a ripe, but potentially perilous, Biblical teaching tool.
What do today's pastors think about science? What views do they hold on creation and evolution and how strongly do they hold them? How do origins issues impact their ministries?
Rescue workers in Granbury, Tex., on Thursday combed through the debris left behind by a tornado. "Search and rescue is over," a local official said. "We're now in search and recovery." (Richard Rodriguez/Reuters)
Volunteers from the Billy Graham Association are in a small Texas town in the aftermath of a deadly tornado that destroyed more than a dozen homes.
Dr. Douglas Karpen, seen here in court, is accused of killing babies aborted in their third trimester
Authorities in Houston, Texas are responding to calls for an investigation of Douglas Karpen, who is being considered the second Kermit Gosnell for killing babies born alive after abortion.
It seems like every time there's a new bit of communication technology, someone prophesies the death of previous technologies. The advent of the tape heralded the death of the record, the CD heralded the death of the record and the tape, and the MP3 meant the death of physical music media. The arrival of television meant the radio would die. The proliferation of the Internet meant print magazines and newspapers were utterly doomed. And, of course, the rise of e-readers and tablet computers meant print-and-paper books were dead forever. In fact, some have suggested the Internet and e-readers might represent a one-two punch that will destroy all forms of long-form reading.
American Idol Season 12 winner Candice Glover (C) onstage during Fox's "American Idol 2013" Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)
With a flawless voice that recalled past "American Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson and a sense of determination after not making it in previous seasons, Candice Glover did the one thing Hudson wasn't able to do: She won the title of "American Idol."
by Brett Maragni
A bottle of the abortion-inducing drug Cytotec. (Associated Press/Photo by Miguel Gomez)
Heartbreaking and treacherous are just two words being used to describe the latest abortion story out of Florida.
A Colorado-based Christian ministry says it has been the subject of biased treatment from the Internal Revenue Service.
Dad Dane Clark, daughter Rachael Clark and mom Jenifer Clark are pictured together. "I'm very, very close with my parents," Rachael said. "They've always been supportive of me, and they've never tried to hide anything about my adoption."
Rachael Clark is OK now. The straight-A student is graduating from the University of Maryland this year, getting married this summer, and excitedly making plans beyond that: To write a book about adoption; to pursue a master's degree in marriage and family therapy; to become a mom to at least four kids.
David Beckham of the Galaxy looks over his shoulder during the friendly match between the Newcastle Jets and the LA Galaxy at EnergyAustralia Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Newcastle, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac)
David Beckham's glittering career as the world's most recognizable soccer player is over.
A trucking company trailer landed on a car that was parked in front of a home in Cleburne, Texas. after a powerful storm Wednesday night. (Tom Fox, AP)
Bulldozers were rushed to one hard-hit neighborhood near Granbury to clear the way for rescue teams trying to reach people trapped in debris.
The US Department of Education "came out" last week with changes to its Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that are clearly aimed at the LGBT community. The changes serve more to recognize this community than to produce results in the form of college aid eligibility for students. Instead, students with parents who are not married will now have to report both parent's incomes, decreasing their aid eligibility substantially.
Lecrae, contemporary Christian hip-hop artist, was recently nominated for Top Christian Album in the 2013 Billboard Music Awards for his latest album, 'Gravity.'
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (Associated Press/Photo by Schalk van Zuydam)
Northeast Nigeria is in a state of emergency after the country's president, Goodluck Jonathan, announced Islamic extremists control some of the area's villages and towns. Jonathan declared a state of emergency yesterday in the Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe states and is sending more troops to fight what he calls an open rebellion.
A new national study shows that while Canada remains overwhelmingly Christian, Canadians are turning their backs on organized religion in ever greater numbers.
Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University have successfully used cloning to create human embryonic stem cells by taking skin cells and fusing them with donated human eggs. (Oregon Health and Science University Photos)
News that scientists had for the first time recovered stem cells from cloned human embryos prompted dire warnings from religious leaders who say the research crosses a moral red line and could lead to designer babies.
by Samuel Rodriguez
U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement on the situation regarding the Internal Revenue Service May 15, 2013 in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
President Obama's second term agenda is quickly being overshadowed by a steady stream of congressional investigations.
The Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm has made it clear to United States senators it will "actively oppose" immigration reform legislation if it includes provisions for same-sex partners.
Graduation season is in full effect, and students across the country are crossing the grand stage to receive the fruits of their labor, otherwise known as college degrees, as the days past. Very seldomly does Hip-Hop tip its hat to to those who've achieved this feat. Fortunately, Grammy award winner Lecrae cares if no one else does.
Hillsong LIVE will release their 22nd live-recorded album, Glorious Ruins, on July 2. Recorded for the first time live in two locations - London, England and Sydney, Australia - Glorious Ruins is consistent with Hillsong's passion to resource the church around the globe. The live album offers the church a new era of worship anthems that will cross multiple denominational and cultural boundaries.
New TV Creative for Bud Light Music First Program to Debut This Week
NEEDTOBREATHE (Eric Anderson)
With its spring tour wrapped, Needtobreathe is ready to get back into the studio to finish its fifth album, which frontman Bear Rinehart says is "three-quarters of the way through" after sessions in Los Angeles and Nashville.
Ken Bae, right, with glasses, and friend Bobby Lee, left, during their undergraduate days at the University of Oregon, 1988-90. (1988 AP file photo)
An American citizen sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for what Pyongyang has described as hostile acts against the state has started life a "special prison," state media said Wednesday.
Larry Page just announced why his voice has gone weird:
Tiger Woods of the USA watches his shot from the second tee during round three of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)
Tiger Woods has faced more scrutiny than any other golfer from his generation. Maybe ever.
As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver a commencement address at Morehouse, a prominent Philadelphia minister who wrote a scathing critique of Obama now says he is been disinvited to speak at Morehouse one day before Obama is scheduled to speak on May 18.
Former Victoria's Secret model Kylie Bisutti quit the modeling industry to become a Christian housewife. Her new book, I'm No Angel, details her journey.
Prosecutors for the City Harvest trial said they had evidence of a "deliberately planned" scheme by church leaders aimed at moving millions of dollars.
Several African American religious leaders and political activists, who are opposed to abortion, gathered Tuesday in Washington and called for Congress to open hearings investigating abortion clinics in the wake of the conviction of controversial Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
Russell Brand can't be too happy about this.
Talk about high expectations for a newborn: King and Messiah are among the fastest-rising baby names for American boys.
by Stephen Mansfield
LinkedIn, the social website that caters to professional networking, announced Monday that sex workers will no longer be able to use the online resume service to advertise their own personal brand.
@GovMarkDayton posted this photo on Twitter.com, with the caption "It's history"
As thousands cheered outside the state Capitol with rainbow and American flags, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill on Tuesday that makes it possible for same-sex couples to get married.
A Saudi woman attends a traditional Arda dance, or War dance, during the Janadriyah Festival of Heritage and Culture. (Associated Press/Photo by Hassan Ammar, File)
Saudi Arabian officials have sentenced two men to flogging and prison for helping a women convert to Christianity and escape the country.
A German homeschooling family has been denied asylum in a unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding a ruling by the Board of Immigration Appeals.
Nine out of 10 churches in America are declining or growing at a pace slower than the rate of their communities. Churches limp along as members drift out the proverbial back door. So what can church leaders do to stop the exodus? Thom S. Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources and best-selling author, sees this as a symptom of an underlying problem in most churches.
Suicide bombers have targeted churches across northern Nigeria (AFP)
Last year more Christians were killed in Nigeria than any other country. The onslaught of bombings gave Nigeria the sad distinction of being the nation with the highest Christian death toll.
The American Pastor Saeed Abedini jailed in Iran has seen his family for the first time since being released from solitary confinement. Fellow prisoners say Abedini was "glowing" when he emerged.
Graham said the IRS story threatens to engulf all manner of non-profits. (AP Photo)
The IRS came after Billy Graham, too, his son charged Tuesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
Kristie and Kirstie Bronner (photo provided by Spelman College Office of Communications)
Spelman College's 2013 co-valedictorians, Kirstie and Kristie Bronner, come from a long line of success as part of America's prominent family of hair-care entrepreneurs. Their father, Bishop Dale Bronner, is the pastor at one of the largest churches in Atlanta, and both their mother and grandmother preceded them as graduates of the prestigious college for women.
Kermit Gosnell leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder. (Associated Press/Photo by Yong Kim (Philadelphia Daily News)
A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies born alive at his grimy clinic was spared a possible death sentence Tuesday in a deal with prosecutors.
'Worship in the Now' features guest appearances by Damita, Marvin Winans, Jr., The Campbell Family, Jonathan Nelson and LaRue Howard.
May Media Blitz includes CBS This Morning, NPR's Weekend Edition, Lifetime TVs The Balancing Act, MSNBC's Morning Joe, The Better Show, with upcoming stops at ABC's The View, The Chew and more
Booksellers are predicting that "Da Vinci Code" author Dan Brown's latest title "Inferno" will become the biggest-selling book of the year, ahead of its release on Tuesday.
Kermit Gosnell leaves the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Monday after being convicted of first-degree murder. (Associated Press/Photo by Yong Kim (Philadelphia Daily News)
Pro-life leaders say Kermit Gosnell's guilty verdict should energize America's abortion conversation
The copious controversy of Seattle pastor Mark Driscoll make him strikingly similar to the blundering Pat Robertson.
The CSB (Christian Service Brigade) Ministries (group pictured here) is not connected to a particular denomination and is not as outdoors-oriented as the BSA, but it has a "Shape N Race Derby" that resembles the Scouts' Pinewood Derby races. It also features the rank of "Herald of Christ," which is similar to the Boy Scouts' Eagle Scout. (CSB Ministries)
They have pledges. They have merit badges. And they may go camping.
England's best-known cathedral and mother church of the 77 million-member worldwide Anglican Communion will stay open to the public despite the fact that two-thirds of the historic building is in urgent need of repair.
The Washington National Cathedral, still recovering from a rare 2011 East Coast earthquake, has won $100,000 in preservation funding after being the top vote-getter in the "Partners in Preservation" campaign.
Hundreds of Lincoln Park High School students walked out of class Friday morning in support of teachers who will lose their jobs next year when the school transitions to a wall-to-wall International Baccalaureate program.
Harold Camping speaks during a taping of his show "Open Forum" in Oakland, Calif., May 23, 2011 - two days after the 89-year-old had said the Earth would end. (AP PHOTO/MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ)
Two days before the date his boss had predicted as the Apocalypse, Matt Tuter made an auspicious decision: He canceled the skywriters.
American evangelical pastor Dr Tim Keller has clarified his opposition to same-sex marriage, following misplaced speculation that he may support a change in the law.
Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.
Emmy-winning television thriller "24" will return in the summer 2014 with its lead star, Kiefer Sutherland, after a four-year hiatus, Fox network said on Monday.
As the solar cycle of sunspot activity reaches its peak, the sun's activity is expected to increase, seen in some recent outbursts.
Donovan McNabb attempted to play for a team in 2012 but found no takers. He then began his career as an NFL analyst without announcing his retirement from his playing days.
Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League (NFL), speaks at a news conference March 11, 2013 New York City. (Allison Joyce/Getty Images North America)
Tim Tebow has been through some tough times recently, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is providing him with some support.
The Boy Scouts ask conservative activist Ralph Reed to set up meetings with Christian leaders it looks to sway on the issue of gay Scouts
U.S. President Barack Obama pauses during a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron in the East Room of the White House May 13, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
President Barack Obama tried to swat down a pair of brewing controversies Monday, denouncing as "outrageous" the targeting of conservative political groups by the federal IRS but angrily denying any administration cover-up after last year's deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
The Obama administration on Monday filed a last-minute appeal to delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.
Oxygen is mostly known for its reality programming and on Monday the cable network announced it would be adding one more reality program to its ranks. Currently rolling with the working title Pastors of L.A., the new series will follow six pastors living in the Los Angeles area who have made a major impact on Southern California culture.
Kermit Gosnell, 72, of Philadelphia was charged with first-degree murder in the death of four newborns and third-degree murder in the 2009 death of a 41-year-old woman.
This time next week, perhaps the most famous symbol of Superstorm Sandy's devastation at the Jersey shore will be gone.
This March 14, 2013 file photo shows the skyline of the city of Detroit.
The first report by Detroit's emergency manager declares that the city is broke and at risk of running completely out of money - a financial meltdown that could mean employees don't get paid, retirees lose their pensions and residents endure even deeper cuts in municipal services.
Earlier this spring, Sen. Rand Paul and his wife, Kelley, invited a crew from the Christian Broadcasting Network into their Kentucky home for what turned into two full days of reality TV. In a half-hour special, "At Home With Rand Paul," the couple are seen bird-watching in the woods, going to McDonald's and, especially, talking about religion -- their belief in traditional marriage and the senator's call for a "spiritual cleansing" in America.
The School Board will address a complaint made to Muldrow Public School administrators about Ten Commandment plaques that have been posted in each of the district's classrooms for many years, a district representative confirmed Friday.
Ken Bae, right, with glasses, and friend Bobby Lee, left, during their undergraduate days at the University of Oregon, 1988-90. (1988 AP file photo)
Dennis Rodman, the exotic former NBA basketball star -- also known as "The Worm" -- has revealed that he is planning an extraordinary diplomatic mission back to North Korea in August to ask his "friend", Kim Jong Un, to free Kenneth Bae, the 44-year-old tour operator from Lynnwood, Washington state, who is said to be a "devout Christian."
Coming on the heels of another hoax in April, Lakewood Church and Joel Osteen are among other ministers reaching to fans on Facebook and Twitter about fake social media accounts being made in their name. Others being targeted include Rick Warren, Benny Hinn and Jamal Bryant.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates seemingly holds back tears when discussing his final visit with rival Steve Jobs before the Apple co-founder's passing in 2011.
"I'm perfectly healthy. This is my decision."
The 'Today' anchor showed off her big bling on Monday's show.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the UK Premiere of "Star Trek Into Darkness" at The Empire Cinema on May 2, 2013 in London, England. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Europe)
Mention Smaug, the classic storybook dragon of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," and a ray of delight flickers across Benedict Cumberbatch's pale eyes.
Tony Stark's superpowers lifted blockbuster "Iron Man 3" back to the top of movie charts in the United States and Canada, beating out a strong debut over the weekend for lavish Jazz Age drama "The Great Gatsby."
Tiger Woods of the USA holds the winner's trophy after the final round of THE PLAYERS Championship at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 12, 2013 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images North America)
A weekend filled with sharp words between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia came down to one last showdown Sunday in The Players Championship, this one staged across the water in a tiny, terrifying section of the TPC Sawgrass.
Annetha Jones reads her Bible at her Port St. John, Fla., home on May 8. She says that raising children, with all of the joy and pain involved, is worth it. "I wouldn't trade anything for being a mother," she said. (Craig Bailey/Florida Today)
She is worth far more than jewels, cites the Bible's Proverbs 31 - among many other praises - about wives, mothers and women who do it all.
The New Berlin Eisenhower High School Class of 2008 held its graduation ceremony in the Elmbrook Church sanctuary. Using the church had been popular with students and school officials for years. (NOW, C.T. Kruger / June 15, 2008)
Can a public high school hold its graduation ceremony in a local church?
The tiny restaurant sits on a triangle of land where Fair Oaks Boulevard meets Manzanita Avenue. (Randy Allen/Special to The Bee)
In the Bible, God gave manna to the Israelites to nourish them for the 40 years they wandered the desert. The recently opened El Manà in Carmichael is named for the heavenly foodstuff, and churchgoers who own the restaurant hope every taco and stuffed corn pupusa sold will help build a worship space of their own.
Having grown up in Lafayette, Kathleen Tandy has been a member of Bethel AME Church since the 1960s. The only times she didn't attend regularly were when she served in the military or lived in Indianapolis. But Bethel always felt like home, even when she was away.
Plan B One-Step is designed to make pregnancy unlikely if taken within three days of unprotected sex. (Uncredited / AP)
A federal judge who's been battling the Obama administration over "Plan B" emergency contraception took another swipe at the federal government on Friday, denying a request to delay his ruling ordering the government to make the pills available to everyone, without restrictions.
John McAfee slides out suddenly from behind a glass door.
When Keith Farner was 14, he made $2,000 at a summer job. Instead of buying the Xbox he'd been wanting, his parents helped him open a Roth IRA. The 30-year-old, who lives in Athens, Ga., now has more than $30,000 saved.
Wayne Rooney of Manchester United sits on the bench prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford on May 5, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe)
Alex Ferguson has left Wayne Rooney out of the squad for the manager's final game at Old Trafford, increasing speculation that the striker could be on his way out of the club.
Serena Williams is lifted by ball boys while she poses for pictures after defeating Maria Sharapova in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza, AP)
Serena Williams kept the No. 1, and added No. 50.
(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Washington Redskins superstar Robert Griffin III, otherwise known as RGIII, is set to marry his fiancee, Rebecca Liddicoat, this summer, his mother reportedly revealed.
Quarterback Tim Tebow speaks to the Economic Club of Southwest Michigan (Associated Press/Photo by James Brosher/South Bend Tribune)
Eleven days after the New York Jets cut him, Christian quarterback Tim Tebow told a crowd of about 3,000 at Lake Michigan College that his main goal is to impact lives, whether on or off the field.
Education Secretary Arne Duncan (L) and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (R) read the Dr. Seuss book "Green Eggs and Ham" to students enrolled in a Head Start program at Rolling Terrace Elementary School March 1, 2013 in Takoma Park, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that beginning with the 2014-2015 federal student aid form, the Department will -- for the first time -- collect income "from a dependent student's legal parents regardless of the parents' marital status or gender, if those parents live together."
The Virginia woman whose actions led to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev being buried about 30 miles north of her Richmond home said the angry backlash from local officials, some cemetery neighbors and online critics has been unpleasant, but she has no regrets.
Michael Jackson told his tour director days before he died he was hearing God's voice, a producer testified Wednesday.
Earlier this year, Mars Hill Music entered into a partnership with Tooth & Nail Records / BEC Recordings to share the variety of worship bands from Mars Hill Church.
As most fans of As I Lay Dying already know, lead vocalist Tim Lambesis was arrested this week for allegedly hiring a third party in a plot to murder his wife. We decided to wait until the band themselves issued a response before posting anything on JFH.
Pictured: IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman
The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.
Sure, Angie Miller was shocked when she got eliminated from American Idol Thursday.
The number of people attending Sunday services at Britain's Anglican churches is continuing to drop, but church officials say there are signs that the decline is starting to stabilize.
A scene from the documentary "Girl Rising." (Kiran Reddy)
In her 1968 poem, "The Speed of Darkness," the late American poet Muriel Rukeyser penned the line, "The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
Osteen during a 2012 interview with Matt Lauer on NBC News' Today show. (Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
Halfway through megapastor Joel Osteen's sermon at Marlins Park stadium, seven frazzled people sitting in a press box overlooking the field realize they have a problem: The prayers aren't going through.
A wide majority of Americans support the Boy Scouts of America's proposal to admit gay scouts for the first time, and most oppose the organization's plans to continue to bar gay adults from serving as scout leaders, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Raleigh Sadler says he's just a Florida boy who wears cardigans -- he has no business kicking down the door of a brothel.
Saeed Abedini, the American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his faith, has been released from solitary confinement, "a direct result of the multitudes praying," his wife told the American Center for Law and Justice Thursday (May 9).
Immigration reform is picking up steam in Congress Thursday, but there are still plenty of potholes ahead.
Detroit's emergency manager says the city is bleeding much more red ink than originally thought. That's what Kevyn Orr told WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas in an exclusive one-on-one interview.
The sequence shows Bowie, wearing robes, striking a Christ-like pose (PA)
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey poured scorn on an attempts by David Bowie to attract controversy by posing as Jesus in his new video - questioning whether he would have been so willing to offend Muslims.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel (L) and British Secretary of State for Defense Philip Hammond (R) conduct a press conference at the Pentagon May 2, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. (Alex Wong/Getty Images North America)
The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) says it just doesn't make sense for the Pentagon to look to an anti-Christian extremist to guide its policy on religious freedom.
Jeanne Monahan, president of March for Life. (RNS photo by Adelle Banks)
American anti-abortion leaders will be in Rome on Sunday (May 12) to participate in Italy's third March for Life and lend their expertise to the nation's small anti-abortion movement as it tries to learn from its American counterpart.
Children line up in January 2012 to receive a meal at a food distribution center in Mogadishu for those displaced by the 2011 famine or war. (Associated Press/Photo by Ben Curtis (file)
A new study shows Somalia's recent famine killed more than a quarter-million people. Will Somali extremists continue to starve a generation of their own people?
Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter announced on Facebook Friday that he would not perform at Messiah College again unless the school changed its policy against homosexual behavior.
Neighbors and friends of Amanda Berry clap as she arrives at her sister's home Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Cleveland. Berry, 27, Michelle Knight, 32, and DeJesus, had apparently been held captive in the house since their teens or early 20s, police said. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Parents of missing children and teens need years of support to keep their strength and hope alive.
"I actually wasn't thinking of this as an act of civil disobedience or church disobedience. I was thinking of it as a response to my son," said the Rev. Dr. Thomas W. Ogletree of officiating his son's marriage to another man. (Christopher Capozziello for The New York Times)
It started out as a deeply personal act, that of a father officiating at the wedding of his son.
A row has erupted between a town's churchgoers and a nightclub owner after he opened a venue called The Church which depicts Jesus as a disc jockey.
Kountze High School cheerleader Brooke Coates paints scripture verses on a car, Sept. 19, 2012 in Kountze, Texas. (Dave Ryan/The Beaumont Enterprise/AP)
After nearly eight months on defense, cheerleaders at a Southeast Texas high school can get back to pumping up their football team--and if they want to use a Bible versed on a banner to do it, they have every right.
Dallas Willard, Christian philosopher and best-selling author, died today from cancer. He was 77.
Bethany Hamilton has found her one and only in fiancé Adam Dirks.
After a 19-week trial, a guilty verdict means Jodi Arias could face the death penalty. A jury begins considering that possibility Thursday.
A Census report on the 2012 election finds that blacks were more likely to vote than whites for the first time. The number of white voters declined by more than 2 million, another first.
ABC's "Good Morning America" Co-Anchor Robin Roberts Graces June Cover as the Most Trusted Woman on Television
More than 52,000 letters have been written to American pastor Saeed Abedini, commending him for his strong demonstration of faith as he languishes in an Iranian prison.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D.-Vt.
Amending a long-awaited immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate to include same-sex partners would force it to oppose the legislation and would deal a death blow to passage, the Southern Baptist Convention's ethics entity has warned.
Most Americans believe good mothers and fathers must be loving, supportive and protecting, but few see the necessity of parents having a commitment to Christianity or religion, according to a recent survey.
A new study shows that the majority of parents highly value one resource for their children: libraries. Ninety-four percent say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The study, "Parents' and Children's Special Relationship with Reading and Libraries," reveals the strong connections parents have with public libraries.
Bestselling authors, L.W. Francisco III (Dating & Relating -- Nonfiction) and Kimberla Lawson Roby (A House Divided -- Fiction) lead the bestsellers list of Black Christian authors on the May 2013 edition of the Black Christian News/Black Christian Book Company National Bestsellers List.
by Anthony Bradley
U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn while departing the White House May 5, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Pool/Getty Images North America)
President Barack Obama said late Thursday he was comfortable with the Food and Drug Administration's decision to lower the age limit for buying the so-called "morning-after" pill without a prescription.
Aldrich Lloyd Talonding, left, sings, accompanied by his cousin on the guitar. (Photo via YouTube)
Fourteen-year-old Aldrich Lloyd Talonding, from the southern Philippines, said he was just having fun when he recorded a soulful rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance with my Father." But his at-home recording could launch a music career in America.
Ebony has tapped gospel duo Mary Mary as the cover stars for their June 2013 issue which celebrates black music.
Singer Katy Perry attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)
Katy Perry's dad has labeled his daughter a 'devil child' during a sermon.
Maasai women attend a political rally in north-west Tanzania on October 26, 2010 (AFP/File, Tony Karumba)
A suspected bomb attack on a new Catholic church in the northern Tanzanian town of Arusha killed at least one person and wounded dozens of others on Sunday, police said.
Pope Tawadros II led his first Easter Mass as head of the ancient Coptic Church in Egypt praying for security and prosperity on Saturday at the same cathedral that was the site of sectarian clashes weeks earlier.
At least 39 dead in fighting between Christian and Muslim groups in Taraba state during funeral procession, police say.
Another Charlotte-area county is staring at a possible lawsuit because county commissioners frequently invoke Jesus' name during prayers that open public meetings.
Candida Moss, a professor of early Christianity at the University of Notre Dame and a practicing Catholic, wants to shatter what she calls the "myth" of martyrdom in the Christian faith.
Evangelical Christians say they are the new victims of intolerance - they're persecuted for condemning homosexuality.
When Peter Sprigg speaks publicly about his opposition to homosexuality, something odd often happens.
A victim's body lies amid rubble at the site of a building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh, on April 25. (A.M. Ahad / AP)
The death toll from the horrifying collapse of a shoddily built garment factory in Bangladesh hit 580 on Sunday as workers search through the remaining rubble for any remaining bodies.
In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
Israeli warplanes struck areas in and around the Syrian capital Sunday, setting off a series of explosions as they targeted a shipment of highly accurate, Iranian-made guided missiles believed to be on their way to Lebanon's Hezbollah militant group, officials and activists said.
A French mayor says Oscar-nominated actress Keira Knightley has said "oui" to rocker James Righton in a small wedding ceremony in southern France.
In this Feb. 1, 2013 file photo, recording artist Lil Wayne meets fans and celebrates his contemporary street wear apparel brand TRUKFIT at his hometown Macy's, in New Orleans. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties with Lil Wayne over the rapper's crude lyrical reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till.
Mick Jagger, left, Keith Richards, center, and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones perform on the kick-off of the band's "50 and Counting" tour at the Staples Center on Friday, May 3, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
The Rolling Stones must have passed through a time machine before taking the Staples Center stage to kick off their "50 and Counting" anniversary tour.
(L-R) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a left to the head of Robert Guerrero in their WBC welterweight title bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 4, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Al Bello/Getty Images North America)
The defense was back, just like it used to be. Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s dad was back, too, just like he used to be.
Joel Rosario, atop Orb, celebrating his win of the Kentucky Derby. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Way back in the pack heading into the final turn, Orb was calm even if his jockey wasn't.
The estimated $1 trillion in student loan debt affects individuals from all walks of life. However, according to two studies, women and minorities are two groups experiencing some of the greatest repercussions of student debt. So, how deep is the disparate impact on these groups, why does it exist and what can be done?
Most churches in Syria will unite in prayer on Saturday, May 11, in many places around the war-torn nation. This will be an extraordinary show of unity among Christian denominations in Syria, where the ongoing civil war has claimed over 70,000 lives.
One of the common critiques leveled at present-day Christianity is that it's a religion full of hypocritical people. A new Barna Group study examines the degree to which this perception may be accurate. The study explores how well Christians seem to emulate the actions and attitudes of Jesus in their interactions with others.
Are religious beliefs in the end of the world holding back climate change action in the U.S.?
Justin Bieber performing live in Amsterdam. (Getty Images)
Justin Bieber sure knows how to make his Turkish fans happy.
States are drastically underfunding programs for their youngest learners now more than ever, according to a report released Monday, even as researchers and policymakers increasingly point to pre-school as a ladder to the middle class.
by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte
with Meriqua Whyte
About this Serial Novel
Mother Jamison is concerned about her daughter, Aubrey. After her father's death, Aubrey's life began a slow, downward slide resulting in her marriage to Jamaal. Mother Jamison does not trust Jamaal and is worried about her daughter's relationship with him. Rather than intervene, she decides to take the matter to the Lord in prayer and let Him work it out.
The Unspoken Prayer Request is the first in a trilogy which will be followed by I Need Someone to Pray with Me and I Know What Prayer Can Do.
by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte
with Meriqua Whyte
About this Serial Novel
President Robert Rushmore knows he needs the support of religious communities in America if he is going to have a successful second-half of his first term. However, when some Christian leaders refuse to go along with his agenda, the midterm election prospects for his party look surprisingly bleak. Can he overcome the campaign tactics of the opposition to keep control of the government?
Rev. John Coverly has walked with God for many years. Burdened for his country and suddenly called into a new role as a voice of God to the entire nation, he finds himself speaking God's truth to the powers that be. As opposing forces try to silence him at all costs, will he stand firm, or will his voice be drowned out by hateful foes?
When megachurch pastor, Ellis Emerson, joins the president's faith council, he is sucked in by the lure of his proximity to power. As he pursues prominence for himself, his family slowly disintegrates, and he is tempted to compromise what he knows to be true? Will he recognize his error before it is too late?
With sinister elements operating under the radar, corrupt politicians plotting in the halls of power, and disaster and tragedy rocking the nation, the choices of three men will set the course of the country.
by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte
with Meriqua Whyte
About this Serial Novel
Based on the story of Esther.
Years of discord between a prominent pastor and his wife culminates in her publicly refusing a simple request and their marriage ends in divorce. But, before long, the search begins for a new woman to take over as first lady. The only problem is, the woman who could be the pastor's new bride, Charmaine, belongs to a community of immigrants hated by the assistant pastor, Bro. Martin. Behind the scenes, Bro. Martin works to get the community of immigrants kicked out of the church. When Charmaine uncovers his plot, will she choose to keep silent? Or will she risk her position to stop Bro. Martin in his tracks?
by Daniel Whyte III
with Meriqua Whyte
with Meriqua Whyte
About this Serial Novel
Family Drama seems to never end. Monica and Jonathan have a blossoming relationship and the future looks bright for them. Will it always remain that way?
New York Times bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee conclude the thrilling Books of Mortals trilogy with its final installment, Sovereign (FaithWords), hitting stores this June in hardcover, eBook and audio editions. Releasing in time to satisfy summer reading lists, Sovereign will not disappoint eager Dekker and Lee fans with its gripping conclusion.
As President Obama and the U.S. Congress wrestle with deficit reduction and seek a long-term solution for robust economic growth, I encourage them not to overlook the positive economic impact of a quality and equitable education for all students. By addressing the large gaps in high school graduation rates between white students and students of color, the nation could see large fiscal gains while improving the lives of millions of young Americans.
Governor Chafee signs same-sex marriage in Rhode Island into law Thursday on the steps of the State House. (PROVIDENCE JOURNAL PHOTO / KATHY BORCHERS)
Rhode Island became the final state in New England and the 10th in the country to legalize gay marriage after independent Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Thursday signed a bill that will allow same-sex marriage.
The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had originally planned to strike on July 4, but chose the race because it coincided with the time they had finished assembling the explosives, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
Microsoft is officially bidding farewell to Hotmail.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Nancy Pelosi's prayers, and the House minority leader is appealing to a higher power about the 2016 presidential race.
Employers added a better-than-expected 165,000 jobs in April,, easing concerns that payroll growth may be slipping into a sustained midyear slump.
Billy Graham tried to save the world, traveling for months at a time to more than 170 countries to preach the Gospel to tens of millions. In a rare moment at home in 1965, he spends time with sons Ned (left) and Franklin. Photo from Graham collection published in his book, "Just As I Am" by Harper San Francisco
The day Franklin Graham was born, he received a telegram.
Along the irrigation canal that cuts through this centuries-old New Mexico town, a small group of churchgoers gathers to recite the rosary before tossing rose petals into the water.
Christian conservatives have grown increasingly alarmed in recent weeks over reports and rumors that the Pentagon is considering new policies aimed at discriminating against Christians and disciplining or even court-martialing those who share their faith.
After weathering a political and personal scandal that made her the subject of glaring media scrutiny, Paula Broadwell says she's ready to move forward.
Rescue workers dig out debris from the Rana Plaza building as Bangladeshi Army personnel continue the second phase of a rescue operation using heavy equipment on Friday, May 3, a week after the building collapse in Savar, Bangladesh.
A week after a building containing thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers came crashing down around them, the death toll from the South Asian nation's deadliest industrial disaster rose above 400.
"Through My Father's Eyes," the latest single from acclaimed singer/songwriter Holly Starr, is rapidly climbing radio charts as the song's official music video is set to premier next week. Featured on Starr's 2012 critically-praised Focus, "Through My Father's Eyes" was penned by the artist along with Chuck Butler (Royal Tailor, Group 1 Crew) and Juan Otero (Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline), while the video was directed by Stephen Byrum of Fearless Productions.
Mental illness and suicide seen as a kind of spiritual failure in the past
A Wisconsin church has canceled a speaking engagement by former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler because of his congratulatory tweet involving Jason Collins, the NBA player who announced Monday that he is gay.
For Floyd Mayweather Jr., independence is paramount. The man they call "Money" has discovered that enormous wealth is indeed secondary.
Obama administration seeks to block decision that would end all age restrictions on May 5. Action comes day after FDA allowed emergency contraception to be sold to girls 15 years old without prescription.
Ken Bae, right, with glasses, and friend Bobby Lee, left, during their undergraduate days at the University of Oregon, 1988-90. (1988 AP file photo)
An American detained for nearly six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of labor for crimes against the state, the North's state media said Thursday, a development that further complicates already strained ties between Pyongyang and Washington.
Fans of the 1990s rap duo Kris Kross have been mourning the loss of Chris Kelly, who died Wednesday night of an apparent drug overdose at his home in Georgia. No official cause of death has been determined. He was 34.
As the Obama administration girds for "glitches and bumps" along the path to full implementation of the health-care law, a new poll indicates many Americans are still unclear about the details of the new law and, in some cases, unaware it's actually law of the land.
Samuel L. Jackson and Matthew McConaughey in 'A Time to Kill'
The defense attorney in John Grisham's first novel, "A Time to Kill," is returning to the courtroom.
Interrogations include threat to bury ministry group members alive
A U.S. government panel that tracks religious freedom says China, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, and Iran are among the world's worst violators.
The FDA announced Tuesday that the contraceptive pill known as Plan B One-Step can now sit on drugstore shelves instead of being locked up behind pharmacy counters.
Soldiers pray with a chaplain in Afghanistan. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: "Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. ... Court martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis."
A panel of contributors to the recently released Chicken Soup for the Soul: Billy Graham & Me will appear on Larry King Now Thursday to coincide with the National Day of Prayer.
Courtroom sketch from Gosnell's trial
A Philadelphia jury began its second day of deliberations on Wednesday in the murder trial of a doctor accused of killing babies and a patient during late-term abortions at a clinic serving low-income women.
(Photo courtesy Getty Music)
Most songwriters in Nashville want to get their songs on the radio. Keith and Kristyn Getty hope their songs end up in dusty old hymnbooks.
"We were doing this not just for ourselves but for some higher purpose," said one of the young marchers, Freeman Hrabowski III (pictured here). "It focused on civil rights for all Americans." Photo courtesy Religion & Ethics Newsweekly
In May 1963, thousands of Birmingham school children faced police dogs, fire hoses and possible arrest to demonstrate against segregation. Now, 50 years later, those who were part of what became known as the "Children's March" say they don't want their story to be forgotten.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) released its annual report Tuesday, detailing the plight of persecuted religious peoples around the globe.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, President Obama's nominee for transportation secretary, has proclaimed Thursday "A Day of Reason" in Charlotte.
Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, who President Barack Obama tapped Tuesday to be the next transportation secretary, just declared Thursday "A Day of Reason" in his home city, and asked Charlotte's citizens to observe the day.
Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said in a town-hall discussion earlier this week that he still opposes gay marriage but that he's softened on the right of same-sex partners to adopt.
From left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, from Kazakhstan, with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in New York in this undated picture added April 18, 2013, to the VK page of Dias Kadyrbayev. (AP PHOTO/VK)
Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of removing a backpack containing fireworks emptied of gunpowder from Tsarnaev's dorm room three days after the attack to try to keep him from getting into trouble.
A sign outside the Yahoo! headquarters. (Associated Press/Photo by Paul Sakuma, File)
Whoa, baby! Working moms at Yahoo will now receive up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, and working dads? Take up to eight weeks, the company announced today.
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