Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was robbed of $600,000 in donations over the weekend.
"We were heartbroken to learn today that funds were stolen from the church over the weekend. This includes cash, checks and envelopes containing written credit card information, and it is limited only to those funds contributed in the church services on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9, 2014," Lakewood told the 45,000-strong congregation, the biggest in America, in a statement on Monday.
FOX 26 reported that Houston police are currently looking for clues on who might have broken into the church safe. The crime was discovered early Monday morning by a Lakewood employee. Around $200,000 of the stolen money is believed to be in cash, while the rest included donations made by checks and credit cards. more >>
A congregation in Garland, Texas, is mourning the loss of their assistant pastor, who was killed over the weekend when he was struck by a garbage truck on a busy freeway after his minivan stalled.
Austine Ogbiede, assistant pastor of Christ Embassy Church in Garland, was killed instantly around 2 p.m. on Saturday when he stepped out of his minivan on the busy LBJ Freeway to check a flat tire. Upon stepping out of his car, Ogbiede was reportedly struck by a garbage truck in the highway's second lane near 75 Central.
Members of the Christ Embassy Church have now rallied around Blessing Ogbiede, wife of the deceased assistant pastor who is now responsible for taking care of the couple's two sons, ages 3 and 5. "Before he left yesterday, he was talking about his kids," Ogbiede told CBS-11 of her husband. "How he wanted his kids to be raised in the house of God." more >>
The Texas Workforce Commission issued a charge of discrimination Thursday against Fox Sports Southwest for firing college football analyst Craig James for his religious beliefs.
James was fired from his job as a college football analyst for the cable network due to comments he made about homosexuality during a February 2012 Republican candidate debate for the U.S. Senate.
During a Thursday "Washington Watch" interview with Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, James and his attorney, Hiram Sasser of the Liberty Institute, discussed their thoughts about the TWC's decision and their next steps in this case. more >>
Texas State Senator Dan Patrick (R), who is also running for lieutenant governor, accidentally endorsed gay marriage on Twitter Wednesday.
"MARRIAGE= ONE MAN & ONE MAN. Enough of these activist judges. FAVORITE if you agree. I know the silent majority out there is with us!" Patrick's official twitter account, @DanPatrick, tweeted. Patrick was responding to U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's decision to strike down Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. Earlier, he tweeted a campaign promise: "as Lieutenant Governor I'll fight activist judges and defend our traditional Texas values."
Ten minutes after posting the typo tweet, Patrick's account deleted it and replaced it with an accurate statement of the state senator's beliefs. In those ten minutes, however, the typo tweet found 29 retweets and 28 favorites. more >>
Reacting to a federal judge's ruling Wednesday that deems Texas' ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional, Republican Gov. Rick Perry said it's not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of his state's citizens.
"Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens," Perry said in a statement shared with The Christian Post Wednesday afternoon.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said in his decision that the state's ban on same-sex marriage "conflicts with the U.S. Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process." And because it denies "homosexual couples the right to marry," it also "demeans their dignity for no legitimate reason." more >>
A maintenance worker at an apartment complex in Houston, Texas, is being praised after he rescued a baby boy from a dumpster. Doctors say the baby was born just four or five hours prior to the find.
The worker, Carlos Michel, 51, told the Houston Chronicle that he heard the cries of the newborn coming from the dumpster about 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. At first, he thought it was an animal dying – perhaps a kitten – and it was struggling.
On closer examination of the dumpster, he found a white trash bag that he grabbed and placed on the ground. He quickly ripped the bag open and was shocked by what he found inside. more >>