responsible

California jury awards Christian rap artist, Marcus Gray to be paid by pop star Katy Perry for copyright infringement [#ChristianRap #MarcusGray #KatyPerry]

California jury awarded a Christian rap artist $2.78 million to be paid by pop star Katy Perry for copyright infringement.

Billboard magazine reported that Perry must pay more than $550,000 herself, while the Capitol Records was responsible for the greater part of the sum due.

According to the jury in Los Angeles, Perry’s chart-topping hit ‘Dark Horse’ was copied from the Christian rap tune ‘Joyful Noise’ by Flame, which is the stage name for Marcus Gray.

Flame first recorded “Joyful Noise” in 2009, and Perry released “Dark Horse” as part of a 2013 album called “Prism.” Gray and two co-authors filed a lawsuit in 2014, claiming Perry had stolen the song from them.

Though Perry said that neither she nor her co-writers had ever heard “Joyful Noise,” Gray’s attorneys said the Christian song was widely distributed and had several million views on various outlets, including 2 million apiece on 2 separate You Tube channels.

Katy Perry, Others Ordered to Pay $2.78 Million For Copying Christian Rap Song:
Newsweek

A Christian news station was firebombed in Jerusalem early Saturday, May 18, 2019.

According to security footage, an arsonist set fire to Daystar Television Network’s studio at Mount Zion around 2:30 a.m. Saturday before escaping by rope and running away.

“You can’t silence the life-changing truth of the Gospel. From the ashes of this tragedy, we will rise up with help from our partners around the globe and continue reaching across Israel to share God’s love and forgiveness. My prayer is that this message touches the person responsible for this incident and he embraces the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”
– Marcus Lamb, founder and president of Daystar Television Network

The studio is now trying to rebuild — with help from its partners around the world.

Christian TV network’s Jerusalem studio firebombed: ‘You can’t silence…the Gospel’
Fox News

Phil Heller announced as new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana [#PhilHeller #Crossroads #Indiana]

Phil Heller has been announced as the new lead pastor of Crossroads Christian Church, one of the Tri-State’s largest congregations with campuses in Newburgh and on Evansville’s West Side in Indiana.

Heller’s hire was recommended by the search team to Crossroads Christian Church elders. Elders unanimously accepted the recommendation.

Heller was on the staff of Crossroads from 1996 to 2002 as student ministries pastor and high school pastor.

He was executive pastor for 13 years at White River Christian Church in Noblesville, Indiana, where he was responsible for providing direction for executing the church’s vision, mission and strategy and developing leadership among the staff and congregation, according to a release from Crossroads.

Heller has a bachelor’s in specialized ministries from Kentucky Christian University and is near to completing his masters in Organizational Leadership from Indiana Wesleyan University.

“I am excited about rejoining the tri-state community. And I look forward to pursuing the collective vision among Evansville area church leaders to see the Tri-State be a place where everyone flourishes.”
– Phil Heller

Crossroads Christian Church announces new lead pastor
Evansville Courier & Press