Rapper Kanye West: ‘The only superstar is Jesus’

Rapper Kanye West told parishioners at Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch on Sunday that his recent spiritual awakening has made him realize he’s no longer in the service of fame and money but “in service to God.” (Nov. 17)

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Gospel star Erica Campbell believes Kanye’s faith is ‘sincere’

Erica Campbell, gospel star and one-half of the duo Mary Mary, believes Kanye West is sincere about his gospel album ‘Jesus is King.’ She also says he may be encouraging younger gospel artists to be more confident about their music. (Nov. 5)

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Eastern Orthodox Christians take part in Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem

Faithful from Eastern #Orthodox churches gathered inside #Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulchre church on Saturday to take part in the annual #HolyFire ceremony.
According to Orthodox tradition, on Holy Saturday – the day before Easter – a fire appears spontaneously from what is believed to be Jesus’ tomb, as a reminder to followers that he has not forgotten them.

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‘Serbian Knights’ plunge into icy river for Epiphany swim

Men from a Serbian knights organisation dive into Belgrade’s chilly Sava river to retrieve a wooden cross in a religious rite held on the eve of Epiphany, a Christian holiday marking the baptism of Jesus. The icy epiphany swim is a tradition held in many Orthodox Christian countries.

At Jesus’s birthplace, an app is born to ease crowds

Bethlehem is buzzing, with more tourists expected this Christmas than have visited the Biblical city in years, causing the kind of problem that modern technology was almost born to deal with. Such are the crowds at the church built on the site where Jesus is believed to have been born that the authorities are planning to introduce an advance reservation system through an app.

War on Christianity? US student loses free speech case vs college over ‘Jesus loves you’ cards

There are growing claims that a supposed war on Christianity is being fought at universities in the US.

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‘Caged Jesus’ Used to Protest Zero Tolerance

An Indianapolis church is protesting President Donald Trump’s border policies with a scene that shows Jesus, Mary and Joseph inside a caged fence. The church dean said “I’m shocked to see this in our country.” (July 3)

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‘Attack against Christians’: Jerusalem church closes to protest Israeli tax plans

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried, shut down indefinitely on Sunday in protest against a new Israeli tax policy and draft law on land expropriation.

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Pro-Communist Antifa protester wiped out by truck at ‘March for Jesus’ in Portland

An antifa counter-protester was hit by a pickup truck on Saturday while interrupting the ‘March for Jesus’ which was organised by Patriot Prayer in Portland.
As Patriot Prayer held their march and prayers led by US President Donald Trump supporter Joey Gibson., a small group of antifa protesters arrived, speaking through a megaphone and extolling the virtues of communism.

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How Red And Green Became Christmas Colors

The evolution of red and green as Christmas colors is a convoluted story. According to Arielle Eckstut, the coauthor of “The Secret Language of Color,” both nature and Coca-Cola had a hand in shaping that history. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Arielle Eckstut: So there is no definitive history of the colors of Christmas. It’s not like one day red and green were declared the colors. There’s a long history, and a kind of convoluted one, behind it.

I’m Arielle Eckstut, and I am the coauthor of “The Secret Language of Color.”

What’s most interesting about the red and green color combination of Christmas is that it’s a combination of the beauty of nature and the crassness of commerce that come together to solidify the image of these two colors in our collective mind.

So first, let’s talk about nature. And when we think about Christmas and colder climates, we think about holly trees and those beautiful bright-red berries against the green foliage of the tree. And there’s a long history of holly and its associations with humans, including it being the crown of thorns for Jesus. So around the holiday time, because holly is the one bright thing in the environment in colder climates, nature has given us it as a symbol, and pagans used it, and to this day we still think of holly as associated with Christmas.

The Victorians are often associated with the red and green of Christmas. But if you go back and look, for example, at Victorian Christmas cards, you’re not just going to see red and green — you’re gonna see red and blue, blue and green, blue and white, all different palettes. Yes, some red and green, but not dominating the landscape.

If you look at Santa Claus during Victorian times, you’re also not going to see him depicted in red robes that we associate now.  Then Santa sort of takes a leap in the early part of the 20th century, and we see lots of different artists depicting him in red robes. And he becomes a jollier, fatter figure than he ever was before. Then we get to about 1931, I believe, and Coca-Cola hires an artist named Haddon Sundblom to depict Santa Claus. And we see this incredibly fat, jolly, red-cheeked fellow with these big red-and-white robes. Again, he’s not the first person to do it, but Coca-Cola uses this ad as its big Christmas campaign, and it’s seen all around the United States. And this is when we really start to see the colors of red and green defined as the colors of Christmas.

So it’s kind of a combination of nature, with those red berries and green foliage, and commerce, Coca-Cola with the bright red robes and the green foliage in the background of the ads, that solidifies in our imagination these colors.

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Tim Ryan: Congress Should Investigate Sexual Misconduct Allegations Against Trump

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan gives us his thoughts on the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against politicians across both parties. Ryan says the Republicans missed an opportunity to send a message of intolerance for this behavior, and recommends an investigation into allegations against President Trump. Following is a transcript of the video. 

Rep. Tim Ryan: What’s happening I think is a great awakening with women across the United States of recognizing that they do not have to tolerate this kind of behavior.

No one should go to work and feel scared, feel uncomfortable, feel like they have to worry about somebody literally grabbing them or pushing them around or pushing them in an office or doing all the kind of things that we’ve been hearing about.

I’m proud of these women who are standing up, who are speaking out, and they need to know that there are a lot of men in the United States that stand with them, stand by them, and will continue to do that. So those of us in power have an obligation to stand with these women as well, who are really standing up and speaking out against the most powerful men in the United States, including the president of the United States.

I believe that the Democratic Party and the leaders in the Democratic Party have handled this a lot better than the Republicans. We acted, maybe not as quickly as I would have liked, but we acted and you still have the Republicans defending, campaigning for perverts that are running for office. Actually sending Republican campaign money and operatives to support a candidate who has acted in ways that nobody could condone.

So they have shown themselves incapable of being able to really get the moral high ground here and try to do what is right. And they did it with President Trump through the campaign, ignoring his behavior, they did it in the last week or so with the race in Alabama. There was not an outcry for Republican members of the House who were settling suits and all the rest. So they have missed an opportunity here to really communicate to the rest of the country that the Republican Party should be a party that doesn’t tolerate this stuff.

The Democrats have acted. It’s not always easy, but the Democrats did the right thing because we want to send a signal that this kind of behavior is not appropriate.

At least 19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.

The president doesn’t take responsibility for any of his actions, so I think it would be foolish of us to think all of a sudden he’s going to have a “come to Jesus” meeting and he’s going to take responsibility for all of the misdeeds that he has been accused of over the course of the last many years. Which is why I think that the Congress of the United States needs to have an investigation looking into the accusations against the president.

These women deserve to be heard. As I said, these women are taking on the most powerful man in the world, and we need to stand by them and let their voice be heard. So if the president isn’t going to act, which of course we know he’s not, the Congress needs to act and provide the kind of oversight and allow these women to be heard and let’s get the truth on all of these matters.

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‘Brazil’s love for Jesus’: Christians take part in annual march in Sao Paolo

Christians take part in annual ‘March for Jesus’ in Sao Paolo
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