A beloved pastor in Texas dropped dead before some 200 people including his own sister while preaching at the funeral of a church member last Friday, after ironically warning them of the need to be "ready for death."
Sheila Edwards, sister of the-late Rev. Darryl Edwards, 55, of the Fannin Street United Methodist Church in Goliad, Texas, told the Victoria Advocate that her brother was exhorting on the need to be "ready for death" at the 10 a.m. funeral service for his parishioner, Sally Bland, on Friday, when it took him suddenly.
"He was talking about how you need to be ready for death because you never know the day or hour," she said of her brother's sermon. "And about then, it happened." more >>
The Dallas Mavericks return home after a tough loss in Oklahoma City featuring an encore of Russell Westbrook's All-Star Game MVP performance. In addition, cross-state rivals the Houston Rockets start their second half of the season with new players on deck.
Both teams were active player transaction-wise during the All-Star break, leading to new acquisitions.
The Mavs took Amar'e Stoudemire via free agency following his contract buyout from the New York Knicks. more >>
A Texas county court legally married two women under a one-time court order on Thursday, despite the fact that the state currently has a ban on same-sex marriages.
After Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled on Tuesday that Texas' ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, state District Judge David Wahlberg, two days later, issued an order for Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to grant a marriage license to an Austin lesbian couple due to medical urgency.
After Sarah Goodfriend, who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and Suzanne Bryant were issued their marriage license by the court on Thursday morning, their 72-hour required waiting period was waived and they were later joined in matrimony by Rabbi Kerry Baker in front of the county clerk's office building, The Austin American-Statesman reported. more >>
Real-life "American Sniper" widow, Taya Kyle, honored her late husband, Chris Kyle, on Valentine's Day with a touching tribute on Facebook. She referenced Scripture and alluded to the power of prayer in her heartfelt post.
"Be still and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10," Taya wrote on Feb. 14. "We all suffer. It's part of life. The blessing is — while evil exists, divinity does too and it is stronger. According to the Bible, divinity is available to all of us — we simply need to be still and give our gratitude and our problems to God."
The tragic love story of Taya and Chris, a former Navy SEAL, recently became an international sensation following the release of Clint Eastwood's epic war drama "American Sniper," which was inspired by the couple's journey through fate and the perils of the Iraq war. more >>
Eddie Ray Routh, the man who confessed to fatally shooting real life "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, allegedly told a former deputy that he killed the former Navy SEAL and his friend, Chad Littlefield, because they would not speak to him. He also believes that his victims have forgiven him.
Gene Cole, a former deputy at the Erath County Sheriff's Office, testified before a Texas jury last week in Routh's capital murder trial and recalled what exactly the former marine told him about the murders, reported The Dallas Morning News.
He told jurors that he "heard Mr. Routh say, 'I shot them because they wouldn't talk to me. I was just riding in the back seat of the truck and nobody would talk to me. They were just taking me to the range so I shot them. I feel bad about it, but they wouldn't talk to me. I'm sure they've forgiven me.'" more >>
A truck driver from South Texas' Rio Grande Valley says he was fired by a Falfurrias trucking company because he wrote "Jesus" as his co-driver in legally required logbooks.
According to KRGV, truck driver Ramiro Olivarez got the axe in a letter from his former employer noting that he was warned to stop "submitting incomplete documentation and falsifying legal documents." He was also told to stop writing Jesus as a co-driver because it is a violation of federal and state law.
Olivarez contends, however, that no one with the company ever told him to stop writing Jesus in his logbooks. If they had, he said, he would have inserted a cross instead of the name of Jesus or left the spot empty. He also insists that there's nothing false about the information he wrote on the documents and believes the company took issue mostly because of his reference to Jesus. more >>