The Rim Fire has grown to 164 sq miles (424 sq km) by Friday morning and has now burned into Yosemite National Park, authorities have reported. The huge California Yosemite wildfire has forced streams of tourists to free the area during what should the peak season at the park, and thousands of homes are also under threat.
Jesus defied the world's expectations regarding a divine being. Many Jewish people of that day were looking for a powerful king to liberate them from the Romans—they were prepared to serve and worship that kind of messiah. Instead, the Savior was a humble man who didn't think twice about washing dirty feet. While Jesus Christ could have banished the Roman presence from the region and then been glorified as an earthly ruler, He was very clear about His reason for being here: He came to serve, not to be served (Matt. 20:28).
More than 28,000 people came out on a warm summer evening to hear evangelist Greg Laurie give the message of the gospel on the first of three nights of the SoCal Harvest event at Angel Stadium Friday. However, the Southern California pastor warned at the beginning that the subject he was about to preach on was not a comfortable one – death.
A hailstorm in Colorado has stunned local residents as the pleasant summer weather all of a sudden gave way to freak winter weather on Thursday. The incident took place in Littleton, Colorado, when a massive shower of hailstones suddenly pounder parts of the city.
An I-80 sinkhole has opened up in California on Friday, causing huge disruption to traffic in the region. The 3 foot wide sinkhole had opened up in the middle of the interstate in Truckee, California, meaning the disruption was maximized for commuters.
In a bipartisan op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert P. George, Republican chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), and Democratic Vice Chair Katrina Lantos Swett, urged the Obama administration to renew its concern about six countries with serious religious freedom problems.
Former megachurch pastor and controversial Christian author Rob Bell is celebrating his 43rd birthday by rallying supporters to join him in topping funds raised by the likes of celebrities such as Alyssa Milano and Depeche Mode by pooling together $43,000 to help provide more than 800 million people around the world living without clean water.
Controversy surrounding Ireland's first ever legal abortion has reached new heights this week, after an Irish newspaper came under fire for revealing details about a woman alleged to have had the European nation's first abortion.
Schools have created an environment hostile to boys by essentially criminalizing their imaginations and learning styles, Christina Hoff Sommers, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, argues. If the gender gap in education is not addressed, Sommers worries about a future in which men struggle to find a place in the knowledge economy.
Local governments across the country are facing the dilemma of cutting part-time employees' work hours to below 30 hours a week to avoid paying the increasing cost of health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Looking over the program for the coming festivities in Washington to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights march on Washington, and Dr. King's famous August 28, 1963 "I have a dream" speech, it's hard to not feel sober about the whole thing.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was asked recently what he would do in the event of a 2016 presidential contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). "It's gonna be a tough choice," he said with a laugh.
Prolific Hollywood filmmaker and religious skeptic Woody Allen maintains in a recent interview that human life on earth is "just an accident" filled with "silly little moments," and the "best you can do to get through life is distraction." Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, and PowerPoint Ministries broadcaster, called Allen's suggestions "sad" and "tragic" and "a hopeless state of mind."
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Christian photographer who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state's Human Rights Act and one justice warned the photographers were "compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives."
In the 1960s, the evangelical community largely stood on the sidelines as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched for justice. In the 21st century, evangelicals should refuse to repeat history. We should stand committed to contextualizing the moral imperative behind immigration reform. Driven by Matthew 25 and a commitment to reconcile conviction with compassion, the followers of Christ should lead the charge for immigration reform that protects our values, borders and, more importantly, the image of God in every human being.
Bradley Manning announced this week that he wants to be "Chelsea" and considered female. Manning has not had a court approved name or gender change, has had no hormone treatments, and still has all his man parts, so should a news organization call him a her? There is not a consistent answer to that question.
Dozens of church leaders met in Detroit yesterday for the Reviving Detroit Summit led by the men's ministry organization, Promise Keepers, with the purpose to discuss solutions to improve the city's spiritual, social and economic issues.