VIA: USA Today When Rev. Rick Warren says “Urgent,” folks reach for their checkbooks — to the tune of $2.4 million and counting. Warren sent out an “urgent” plea Wednesday for the nation’s sixth largest church to come up with more than $900,000 in 48 hours to meet a budget shortfall and allow the Saddleback […]

VIA: AJC.com In the quiet of the Renaissance Middle School library, a half-dozen girls talk about a half-dozen ways Michelle Easley has affected their lives. Imani Dennis said she was something of a loner who never would’ve had the courage to run for vice president of the student body. LaShawn Simmons couldn’t have imagined being […]

VIA:  ELEV8.COM By:  Judi Mason For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJ) 2009 was a year of  financial devastation and turmoil, as it quickly comes to a close a time of […]

VIA: CNN.com In many ways, the critically acclaimed film “Precious” is about hopes and dreams. When Mo’Nique, one of the movie’s stars, was growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, she too longed for something. “I’ve always wanted to be famous,” the actress and comedian said. “I enjoyed watching famous people and so I wanted to be […]

VIA: THEWASHINGTONPOST.COM According to the Wizards Insider in the Washington Post, Gilbert Arenas brought guns to the Verizon Center because of a dispute with his team mate Jarvaris Crittenton.  The New York Post reports that the incident was over an unpaid gambling debt and that Crittenton also had a weapon. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that […]

VIA: ELEV8.COM Gone are the days of gospel being sterile and one-dimensional. In 2009, the fast changes occurring throughout the world demand that artists who present the gospel in song find new, exciting ways to get the message across. In the realm of music videos, the quality, concept, and presentation have reached their highest levels […]

VIA: The Christian Post The Florida pastor who sheltered runaway teen convert Rifqa Bary has formally denied that he knowingly broke the law to hide the Muslim-turned-Christian girl from Ohio. Pastor Blake Lorenz of Global Revolution Church in Orlando, in a sworn statement filed with the juvenile court in Franklin County, Ohio, where Rifqa’s family […]

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VIA: HeraldSun.com AT&T is ending its sponsorship deal with golfer Tiger Woods. “We are ending our sponsorship agreement with Tiger Woods and wish him well in the future” a spokesman for the US telecom giant said. Friday Five: Tiger Woods New Endorsements Woods’ endorsers have lavished an estimated $110 million a year on him. Consulting […]

VIA: U.S. Post Service Negro Leagues Baseball, pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, Nobel Peace Prize honoree Mother Teresa, legendary actress Katharine Hepburn, and Cowboys of the Silver Screen are among the subjects headlining the 2010 stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced. In addition, consumers get much-needed assistance in sending greeting cards: the first stamp […]

VIA: CNN.com Each Christmas, Christians tell stories about the poor baby Jesus born in a lowly manger because there was no room in the inn. But the Rev. C. Thomas Anderson, senior pastor of the Living Word Bible Church in Mesa, Arizona, preaches a version of the Christmas story that says baby Jesus wasn’t so […]

VIA: Creative Loafing Atlanta Before the Rev. Johnny L. Jones earned the nickname “Hurricane” for whipping sermons into a frenzy, before he recorded a string of gospel LPs for Jewel Records, before his church in Atlanta’s West End burned in 1973, and long before his records started showing up again in thrift stores to be […]