One of Islamic State’s latest videos released on Sunday shows the terrorist group destroying the archeological site of Nimrud, which was the capital of the Assyrian empire dating back to the 13th century B.C. Director of the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Irina Bokova says, "Its frescos and works are celebrated around the world and revered in literature and sacred texts.” ISIS has taken to attacking archeological sites for the purposes of destroying idols or anything considered heretical to the worship of Allah. The seven-minute video shows militants using sledgehammers, jackhammers, bulldozers and explosives to bring down huge alabaster reliefs depicting Assyrian kings and deities. One militants states in the video, "God has honored us in the Islamic State to remove all of these idols and statutes worshipped instead of Allah in the past days.” Another militant adds, "whenever we seize a piece of land, we will remove signs of idolatry and spread monotheism." Discuss
One person was killed at a shooting at Wayne County Community College in Goldsboro, North Carolina Monday morning. The campus went into full lockdown as law enforcement continues to search for a suspect meeting the following description: white male, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with a goatee, tattoo over his left eye, wearing a blue jacket and carrying a long rifle. Public Information Officer Tara Humphries originally stated that police have one suspect "under control," then later said there was nobody in custody. A SWAT team, Goldsboro police and the Wayne County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a shooting in the college's library. College President Kay Albertson said all school personnel have been evacuated. Discuss
Hillsong United has become a worship music phenomenon, selling millions of albums and filling up major arenas around the world. And they’re gearing up for the release of a new album and a documentary about the band. This morning, the band appeared on the Today Show to perform their new single “Touch the Sky.” You can go here to watch the performance.
The segment also featured an interview with Hillsong NYC pastors Carl Lentz and Joel Houston talking about the church’s appeal and message. “I think the message of Jesus, it appeals to everybody. So for us, it’s just trying to get out of the way,” Houston said ... Discuss
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, who founded the Crystal Cathedral megachurch and the TV ministry Hour of Powerdied this morning at 88 years old. Schuller had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2013.
Schuller started his ministry in 1955 in Los Angeles. In 1980, he built the Crystal Cathedral, where he filmed his TV ministry, which had millions of viewers in countries all over the world. In 2006, he stepped down as senior pastor, and after some changes in leadership and fights among Schuller’s family, Crystal Cathedral ministries ultimately filed for bankruptcy in 2010. Schuller’s grandson, Bobby Schuller, eventually founded a new church with the former Crystal Cathedral congregation and took over the Hour of Power broadcast.
Schuller was known for his uplifting messages, and he once said he wanted to be remembered as an “encourager.” He is survived by his five children, 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren ... Discuss
At one point in time, boxer Mike Tyson was one of the richest, most famous athletes in the world. But after being convicted of rape and serving a stint in prison, Tyson struggled with substance abuse and eventually suffered from major financial issues. One of the strangest vestiges of the boxer’s former empire is a massive, abandoned mansion in Ohio where he lived to be closer to a trainer in the ‘80s and ‘90s. For years, the mansion has sat completely abandoned, being sold in various bank and police auctions. Now, it’s going to become a church.
The most recent owner of the Tyson mansion donated the property to Living Word Sanctuary, a Christian church that plans on converting the mansion into a ministry center. (You can a hear a pastor talk about the plans here.) The church recently invited a photographer to the grounds to take pictures of the house before renovations begin. According to photographer Johnny Joo, the church even hopes that Tyson will attend the first service at the new church when it is completed later this year ... Discuss
San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral has found a novel way of showing love and mercy to the least of these: by installing a watering system that floods their front steps, drenching anyone underneath it and any makeshift shelters that may have been set up. "They actually have signs in there that say, 'No Trespassing,'" a homeless man named Robert told local news station KCBS. "We're going to be wet there all night, so hypothermia, cold, all that other stuff could set in." The news station reported that the water turned on every 30 to 60 minutes near every entrance of the church—they also noted it drenching homeless people and their belongings.
KCBS spoke with a church staffer who confirmed that the sprinkler had been installed "to deter the homeless from sleeping there." They also found that the installation had been illegally installed.
Chris Lyford, a spokesman for the Archdiocese, told the news station that he was not aware of the flooding system, but defended its purpose. "We do the best we can, and supporting the dignity of each person," he said. "But there is only so much you can do."