South African Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius, currently on trial accused of murdering his girlfriend, has turned to a book about prayer by a New York City megachurch pastor as he prepares to take the stand in his defense.
Pistorius, 27, who maintains that he mistakenly shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14, 2013, when he mistook her for an intruder, has repeatedly vomited and sobbed during the trial.
However, it recently came to attention that Pistorius has been reading Breakthrough Prayer: The Power of Connecting with the Heart of God by Jim Cymbala, the senior pastor of the 16,000 person Brooklyn Tabernacle Church. more >>
An Egyptian court has sentenced 529 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death for the murder of a policeman and their role in anti-government clashes, a ruling which human rights lawyers has called "over the top."
"This is way over the top and unacceptable. It turns the judiciary in Egypt from a tool for achieving justice to an instrument for taking revenge," said lawyer Mohamed Zarie, who heads the Arab Penal Reform Organization rights center in Cairo, according to The Associated Press on Monday.
"This verdict could be a precedent both in the history of Egyptian courts and perhaps, tribunals elsewhere in the world." more >>
Bibles were lying in a pool of blood across the floor of a church near the Mombasa port after gunmen killed six worshipers and injured 17 others during a worship service Sunday to supposedly avenge Kenya's role in fighting Islamist militants in neighboring Somalia. The attackers unsuccessfully tried to attack another church.
At least two gunmen, apparently from a local Islamist group that sympathizes with the al-Shabaab in Somalia, stormed the Joy Jesus church in Likoni through its back door and shouted out in a foreign language before spraying bullets on the congregation, witnesses told Reuters.
"Both carried big guns and began shooting all over the place. I fell to the ground and could hear screams," Lilian Omondi, who was leading the worship at the time, was quoted as saying. more >>
Forgotten people in developing countries around the world are being shown that God does care about them, due largely to the work of nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing life-saving clean drinking water to the 768 million people who still lack access to this necessity.
"When you take a remote community that doesn't show up on any of the maps, and the government may or may not know where that community is – you can find it on Google Earth only if you know exactly where to look – it's very easy for the people in these communities to feel like they've been forgotten," Mary Kay Jackson, a missionary with The Mission Society and the managing director of Pure Home Water, shared with The Christian Post in a phone interview on Thursday.
"When I can go in with the water filters, they come to me and say, 'Thank you so much Mary for bringing the filters.' And I say 'Don't thank me, it was Jesus who brought the filters.'" more >>
A South African pastor, who is attending Olympian Oscar Pistorius' trial for the murdering of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, believes it was Satan who made the athlete commit the act.
"Oscar did not kill [Steenkamp], Satan made him do it. I pray to God to help him," said the Rev. Isaac Malaza, according to Times Live.
"I came today to pray for Oscar. He shouldn't do something like this again that breaks the hearts of his family." more >>
Three Christian villages were burned down in an attack Friday night in Nigeria's Kaduna state, with reports stating that more than 100 people were "hacked and burned to death," allegedly by Muslim gunmen.
"We are still picking bodies out of the bush, but so far there are more than 100 killed," said Daniel Anyip, vice chairman of the Kaura local government authority, according to Reuters.
Chenshyi village chief Nuhu Moses revealed that the entire village was burned down, with gunmen having killed more than 50 people. more >>