A pastor from Linton, Indiana, who drove almost 1,000 miles to officiate a funeral in Houston, got quite a shock Tuesday morning when he woke up to find all four tires missing from his vehicle shortly before the start of the funeral.
Pastor Doug Cassel of Bethel Baptist Church in Indiana told KHOU that he was staying at the Comfort Suites on Highway 59 North in Humble, Texas, when he woke up to find his Chevrolet Avalanche sitting on cinder blocks. This was just two hours before he was set to officiate at the funeral of a family member of one of his parishioners.
"It was pretty obvious. You could see it clear across the lot," Cassel told KHOU. "The day was about honoring the memory of Grandma Jane. We didn't want this to have any part or be any distraction." more >>
Evangelicals reeling from the suicide of 15-year-old Braxton Caner are now preparing to celebrate his life at a funeral Saturday as his father, Ergun Caner, popular Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Georgia, publicly revealed he was going through "excruciating pain" Wednesday.
A post on the Facebook page of the Aledo Class of 2017 on Wednesday night noted that the funeral service for Braxton Caner will take place on Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2 p.m., at the New River Fellowship Church in Hudson Oaks, Texas.
"No words. No sermon. No funny quotes. No answers. No note. Nothing but excruciating pain & the assurance that I'll see him in Glory," Caner noted in an apparent tweet on his son's surprising death on Wednesday. more >>
The Evangelical Christian community erupted in collective grief Wednesday as word spread online that the beloved 15-year-old son of Ergun Caner, renowned Christian author, Baptist minister and president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday.
A statement released by Brewton-Parker College on the school's website confirmed earlier reports on social media that Braxton Caner had passed, but did not say the conditions under which he died.
"Our hearts are filled with great sorrow as the entire Brewton-Parker College family grieves with its beloved President Ergun Caner, his wife, Jill, and Drake, their youngest son, over the tragic death of their oldest son and big brother, Braxton Paige Caner," began the statement. more >>
A 57-year-old Texas man cleared this week of raping a teen girl in 1990 told reporters that he was only able to cope with being branded a guilty man because of his "father God," and expressed the conviction that God had been working behind the scenes all along to bring him justice.
After prosecutors found evidence showing that Michael Phillips, currently wheelchair-bound, was not the one who raped a 16-year-old girl more than two decades ago, a judge ruled on Friday that the Dallas man should be exonerated. The new evidence was based on DNA testing, which Phillips did not request, but which Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins pursued through his Conviction Integrity Unit.
"My father God that got me through this. That's all I got to say," Phillips told reporters during the court appearance. "That speaks for itself. Pick up His book, it's truthful … see you through anything." more >>
Texas has experienced a 13 percent decline in its abortion rate since lawmakers pased a bill that requires abortion providers to meet basic health and safety standards at their facilities. The new law has led some clinic owners to close instead of paying for the mandatory upgrades.
According to a recently published study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, which tracked the rate of abortions in the Lone Star State from November 2012 to April 2014, the drop in abortions might be linked to HB2, which increases regulations on abortionists and abortion clinics.
Dr. Daniel Grossman, an abortion advocate, is the lead author of the study and vice president for Research at Ibis Reproductive Health. more >>
Evangelizing is not about methodology as much as it is about intentionality because there is always an opportunity to share the Gospel with people, says David Martin, Director of Student Initiatives for "I Am Second," a ministry that posts a series of web videos featuring notable personalities and their testimonies about God.
Martin admits his excuse for not sharing the Gospel with individuals one-on-one used to be because he was an introvert and it was not his "wiring" to engage with strangers. However, he reached a point in his life where he realized he had a "gospel integrity gap" which prompted him to begin spreading God's message in an unconventional way.
"I started going to the sub-level 2 waiting room of Methodist Hospital, once a month, at 6:30 a.m., armed with a jug of Starbucks coffee in one hand and healthy dose of fear in the other," writes Martin, in a blog post for Emerging Evangelists. "I would nervously ask those waiting, as their loved ones underwent life-threatening surgeries, if they wanted coffee." more >>