A nativity display at an Indiana county courthouse has survived a second lawsuit brought against it by secularist groups after a settlement was reached.
Lawyers representing Franklin County settled earlier this month with the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union regarding a nativity display at the Brookville courthouse.
The ACLU had filed the suit on behalf of the Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation and The Satanic Temple. more >>
Not everyone is happy with Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn's sharing his murdered wife's private thoughts from her journal on social media, and they are letting him and the public know about it.
On Sunday, Blackburn, who leads Resonate Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, posted another page of his dead wife's private thoughts from her journal on Twitter, revealing how they were encouraging him.
"Amanda's journal entries are ministering to my heart so much. I hope they serve you in the same way," Blackburn noted with a photo of a journal page. more >>
Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn whose pregnant wife, Amanda, was fatally shot during a home invasion on Nov. 10, says he's taking time away from the pulpit to get healthy and asked his congregation not to let his wife's death go to waste.
In a video message recorded on Nov. 29, directed at his small congregation at Resonate Church in Indianapolis, Blackburn urged them to use his wife's death to get more people to come to church.
"I believe that even in this situation one of the things that God wants to use and do in this situation is that he wants to embolden us with more courage to invite our friends into relationship with Jesus. And so I'm confident that within the next several weeks there's gonna be great opportunities for people to come to know Jesus, so I want you to invite your friends. I want you to invite your family. more >>
Senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina, Perry Noble, said the first time he met Davey Blackburn he had reservations about him, but that all changed after he met his then fiancé, Amanda.
Noble, who would eventually hire Blackburn as a youth pastor at his church and later help him plant Resonate Church in Indianapolis with his late wife, said it wasn't until he saw Davey with Amanda for the first time that he got rid of those reservations.
Davey Blackburn, the grieving Indiana pastor whose pregnant wife, Amanda, was shot dead during a home invasion on Nov. 10, said God told him he allowed his wife to die so the church could live.
Byars stood in support of his son-in-law prior to Blackburn addressing the congregation at his request. more >>
An atheist group based in Wisconsin has erected a nativity scene that involves a copy of the U.S. Constitution in place of the baby Jesus on public property in Indiana.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation placed the display earlier this week at the Franklin County Courthouse in Brookville following a failed effort to remove a manger scene.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor said in a statement released last week that she and her organization preferred no displays at the courthouse. more >>