Drone targets 107 new Christians in Gulf of Mexico

For the first time in the history of baptizing new converts in the Gulf of Mexico, a drone overhead captured footage of Calvary Church's bi-annual beach baptism.

Photo: Calvary Church in Clearwater baptized 107 while a drone overhead captured images.

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Celebs LeBeouf, Bieber & Gomez tweet, talk faith

Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Shia LeBeouf are among a growing crowd of Hollywood celebrities who don't shy away from using social media to tweet in church and share their deepest spiritual insights in interviews.

Billy Graham, fireman rescue the perishing

Heaven, a new film by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, is set for release online Oct. 27 and on DVD Nov. 7—marking Billy Graham's 96th birthday. It's part of the ongoing My Hope campaign designed to cap Graham's 65-year global ministry. The 30-minute video Heaven is about a firefighter caught in a burning building and a woman whose father is murdered.

Starving Liberians threaten breakout from Ebola quarantine

When dozens who were quarantined after a number of deaths in the impoverished town of Jenewonda, Liberia threaten to leave isolation because they are not receiving food, it would seem that frustrations swell at the same pace as the spread of Ebola within the nation. The report comes days after the World Health Organization said a serum made from the blood of recovered Ebola patients could be available to those in Liberia within weeks.

Movement Day 2014 in NYC catalyzes leaders to action

Business leaders, clergy, policy-makers, and non-profit directors gathered today in the Big Apple for "Movement Day" a national event focused on how to influence culture to affect social and spiritual change in the city. Mac Pier, founder and CEO of The New York City Leadership Center; Tim Keller, senior pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, N.Y.; and Luis Palau, a leading speaker, teacher, author and expert in Christianity, Portland, Ore., were among the featured speakers.

Cruz: Attack in Canada another sign radical Islam is global terror

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement of solidarity today after a soldier was killed and at least three others treated and released from a local hospital Wednesday, Oct. 22, following a shooting that began at Canada's war memorial and ended at the country's Parliament. Cruz said the attacks in Ottawa and Jerusalem are "stark reminders that while radical Islamic terrorism may have originated in the Middle East, it is not confined to that region."

Barna's findings beg the question, 'Are the lost reachable?'

George Barna released a study in conjunction with the publication of his new book, "Churchless," showing the number of unchurched adults is climbing and this group is less likely than in the past to have any church background at all. Moreover, he also found more unchurched reject any form of outreach now than ever before.

Houston's 'never' pastor vows not a 'jot or a tittle'

Houston-area Pastor Randy White kept his promise Sunday to preach on pulpit freedom. White's vow to "never" surrender his sermons to Houston city attorneys ricocheted around the nation—uniting Americans in support of the First Amendment. "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here," Houston-area Pastor Randy White preached passionately from First Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. Sharing 4 commitments as a pastor and individual, he cautioned pastors and churches to not yield to the government on religious freedom issues. White announced he will turn his pulpit over to Fox News reporter and author Todd Starnes to speak Sunday, Nov. 2 at 10:45 a.m.

Are Denver's would-be jihadist girls the tip of an ISIS-berg?

Three Denver-area girls are home this week after an alleged attempt to join militant groups in Syria. Now authorities are scouring the teenagers' computers to determine how and why two Somali sisters, 15 and 17, and their 16 year-old Sudanese friend, fled overseas. Authorities suspect social media was involved in a big way in this case as it has been when others have left America to fight for terror groups in the Middle East.

Same-sex marriage surges while matrimony overall dips

Even while numbers of same-sex marriages in the U.S. are surging, overall numbers of married Americans have dropped to record lows. Commentators disagree about the cause, but at least one conservative leader says the ongoing redefinition of marriage in America is to blame.

Ebola-free cameraman tweets well-wishes to Texas nurses

Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance cameraman who contracted Ebola while on assignment for NBC News in Liberia was declared virus free Oct. 21 and will be released from the Nebraska Medical Center today. He tweeted well wishes to the Texas nurses who contracted the virus after caring for Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the U.S. "Still thinking about those nurses. Look forward to the day you two get news like this too," he also tweeted.

Roma Downey, Mark Burnett pitch new series

Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett plan to add to their growing media presence with a reality show set to air next year on The Learning Channel (TLC Network). It is described as a six-part series on answered prayers that will follow people who claim to have benefited from "modern-day miracles, incredible twists of fate, and phenomena that logic and science cannot explain," according to a press release from the network.

STUDENT GUEST COLUMNIST: What the Heck is Going on in Texas?

Tre Goins-Phillips, a senior journalism student at Liberty University in Lynchburn, Va., sounds off in support of the Houston, Texas pastors issued subpoenas during an investigation of a voter petition drive in response to a controversial gay-rights ordinance. "Annise Parker, Houston's first openly lesbian Mayor, has decided it just is not big enough for anyone but her own," Goins-Phillips said of Parker's sweeping influence. "[A]nd if you disagree, you could be held in contempt of court."

California churches fight state mandate to fund abortions

The Alliance Defending Freedom and the Life Legal Defense Foundation have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services saying the state is violating a federal law which protects churches from being forced to cover abortion in health insurance plans.

Hillsong pastor clarifies stance on same-sex marriage

Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston released a statement on the church's website today in response to recent media comments suggesting he had softened his stance on homosexuality. "I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference," Houston began.

Fla. church changes course with marijuana growers

In Central Florida, Tiny Bethel Baptist Church voted 5-3 to not sell a parcel of property that would have allowed GrowHealthy to build the company's largest medical marijuana production facility in a converted mattress factory next door. Members of the congregation changed their vote from 8-0 in favor of the sale after Mike Hasha, a local church leader, warned them company officials had misrepresented medical marijuana as a "miracle drug."

Brain surgeon offers details of others' stories about Heaven

Eben Alexander has penned a new account of the trip he says he took to Heaven when he was in a coma for seven days and he shares stories of others' experiences told to him after he published his bestseller two years ago. Alexander and co-author Ptolemy Tompkins say they met and heard from thousands of individuals affected by his story, which includes meeting the sister he didn't know existed until after she had died. The two authors also studied what the world's religious traditions, philosophers, and scientists have had to say about the soul's survival of death.

Churches urge 'Yes on 1,' Tennessee's pro-life amendment

Thousands of Tennessee voters have been heading to early voting sites starting Oct. 15 to cast their ballots on several proposed changes to the state constitution--including the pro-life Amendment 1 which could change the state's abortion laws. Amendment 1 is the state's first ever vote on abortion and proposes adding language to the constitution that gives elected representatives the right to "enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion." It also would include the statement, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion."

U.S. & Aussie research labs — is earth 'greening' or 'greenhousing'?

The earth has absorbed about 16 percent more atmospheric carbon dioxide from 1901 to 2010 than expected, scientists at the Climate Change Institute of the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory published online, Oct. 13, ahead of the print edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The U.S. climate change study reinforces findings published in 2013 by climatologists at Australia's national science agency, the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial research Organization, also explaining the phenomenon of global greening in terms of increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide.



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Heaven official trailer

In 2013, the My Hope America movie, The Cross, brought more than 100,000 people to a personal relationship with Jesus, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Next in its plan is the November 2014 release of a new 30-minute film featuring testimonies of Laurie Coombs and firefighter Cheyane Caldwell and a never-before-released message from Billy Graham about Heaven.