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Preacher, lay your debt burden down

FLORENCE, Ala. — Lucas Suddreth thought he’d rely on federal student loans to pay for his ministry education. Instead, Heritage Christian University gave him a full-tuition scholarship and helped arrange a part-time youth ministry position. Glenn Newton, right, prays before Arnelious Crenshaw speaks at Heritage Christian University’s “Elevate.” (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR. “I’m extremely blessed,” said Suddreth, 22, who lives with his wife, Rachel, in a house provided by the Mt. Zion Church of Christ. “There’s no way I could have done this by myself.”Aspiring preachers face plenty of challenges, but tens of thousands of dollars in student debt...

Civil rights attorney, minister Fred Gray portrayed in ‘Selma’

January 2015 “No one can win the war individually. It takes the wisdom of the elders and the young people’s energy.” That’s a lyric from “Glory,” written and performed by John Legend and Common. It’s the theme song of the upcoming film “Selma,” and it encapsulates Fred Gray’s dual roles — attorney and advocate — in the Civil Rights Movement. The film follows the lives of the movement’s leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., and the Selma to Montgomery marches in Alabama in 1965. Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays Gray, who sought protection for the marchers in the court case...

Modern-day Job preaching again

RIDGELAND, Miss. — Les Ferguson Jr. couldn’t help but scream at God. Why — the longtime minister demanded to know — didn’t the Almighty protect his wife and son from the predator who murdered them? In his darkest days, Ferguson couldn’t imagine ever trusting in the Lord again, much less proclaiming the Gospel before a crowd of saints and sinners in a tree-shaded church building. ‘THEY WERE JUST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE’ For Les and Karen Ferguson, Oct. 10, 2011, marked 24 years of marriage. But that day, unimaginable tragedy shattered the family’s world: Karen, 44, and son Cole, 21, were...

A 'bus ministry kid' gives back

In a Latino trailer park, Terry Davis pays his blessings forward.  NORCROSS, Ga. — Terry Davis found Jesus on a “JOY bus.” Growing up in a housing project on Atlanta’s south side, Davis slept on the ground to avoid flying bullets. “I still shake when it comes to bullets and sounds of the guns,” said Davis, now 43. A group of Corners Outreach's homework club participants are all smiles as they pose for a photo with Terry Davis, the faith-based nonprofit's director. (PHOTO BY BOBBY ROSS JR.) But the East Point Church of Christ's bus ministry showed him hope and...

Ryan Champion charged with killing parents, sister, acquaintance

CADIZ, Ky (BNC) — Authorities have arrested and charged 36-year-old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister, as well as that of Vito Riservato, according to a Lexington TV website. Ryan’s father Lindsey was an elder in the Cadiz congregation. The Kentucky State Police have been investigating the murders of Ryan’s mother Joy Champion,  his father Lindsey Champion, his sister Emily Champion and Vito Riservato. They were all found shot at the elder Champion’s residence in Cadiz on Sunday, Oct. 26. Ryan was the sole survivor of the incident. The investigation gave probable cause for an arrest warrant...

  • Preacher, lay your debt burden down

  • Civil rights attorney, minister Fred Gray portrayed in ‘Selma’

  • Modern-day Job preaching again

  • A 'bus ministry kid' gives back

  • Ryan Champion charged with killing parents, sister, acquaintance

A Bible study with Morrissey? ‘Duck Dynasty’ stars respond to musician’s boycott on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

“Whoever he is, we love him as our neighbor, hey!”

That’s how Phil Robertson, elder of the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, La., and star of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty,” responded to British singer/songwriter Morrissey’s boycott of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” due to an appearance by Robertson and his family on the late-night talk show.

Robertson also offered to have a Bible study with Morrissey, and appeared to make Kimmel just a little bit uncomfortable when he started preaching near the end of the interview.

Robertson, along with sons Willie and Jase and brother Si, appeared on Kimmel’s show to promote the third season of their reality-based TV show, “Duck Dynasty,” which debuts Feb. 27 on A&E.


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Jase, Si, Willie and Phil Robertson, stars of "Duck Dynasty" (Photo provided by A&E)

When Morrissey, an outspoken animal rights activist, found out they would be appearing on the program, he canceled his performance on the same night. Morrissey said he could not “morally be on a television program where the cast members of ‘Duck Dynasty’ will also be guests,” according to Kimmel, who also said that the recording artist had told him that, “as far as my reputation is concerned, I can’t take the risk of being on a show alongside people who, in effect, amount to animal serial killers.”

Morrissey (whose full name is Steven Patrick Morrissey) is a solo artist and former lead singer of The Smiths, a popular British band that, in 1985, released an album titled “Meat is Murder.” Among their biggest hits is the 1984 song “How Soon is Now?” (“You shut your mouth; How can you say; I go about things the wrong way? I am human and I need to be loved; Just like everybody else does”)

“We need a Bible study with him, but other than that …” Robertson said, before Kimmel cut him off, praising the Robertson family for the meals around the table featured at the end of each “Duck Dynasty” episode.

He didn’t mention the prayer that precedes those meals, but Phil Robertson seized the opportunity nonetheless.

“Kimmel, the only hope that an atheist has is that he not be there,” Phil Robertson said. “That ain’t much of a hope. Y’see what I’m sayin’?”

“Amen,” Kimmel replied.

Read our recent profile of the Robertson family and their faith, and our report on Jase Robertson baptizing a fan of the show.


Morrissey (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)

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