Unsolicited messages on social media asking for money are suspicious at best, and one Texas woman who was contacted on Facebook by a person claiming to be "Pastor Joel Osteen" learned firsthand that scammers are a dime a dozen.
Paula Dupre said she received a Facebook message Sunday night from a Pastor Joel Osteen who had a few questions for her, local news station ABC13 reports.
The individual on the other end of their dialogue asked if Dupre was a "true Christian," and did she "believe in the Christ Jesus," Dupre said. "I wrote back, 'yes.'" more >>
A Presbyterian church building in Philadelphia that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary has suffered a severe fire.
The spiritual home of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, which shares its building with four other congregations, caught fire Monday morning.
"The fire was reported at about 9 a.m. Monday at a Presbyterian church in the Overbrook neighborhood. Television footage showed flames shooting from the church's front door and side windows and heavy black smoke pouring from the roof," The Associated Press reported. more >>
God made every human being to please Him and to not be defined by others, says Saddleback Church pastor and best-selling author Rick Warren.
"Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts," reads 1st Thessalonians 2:4b., Warren shared in a devotional on Monday.
Warren said the scripture shows "success in life is being exactly who you were created to be and nothing more." more >>
Mark Driscoll, senior pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, says while the New Testament does not make clear how much Christians should tithe, the biblical message of generosity should push Christians toward giving.
Driscoll, who regularly answers readers' queries about important Christian topics in his video messages, said one big question he has received is whether God requires all Christian to tithe.
The pastor began the discussion by saying that all things belong to God. more >>
An 18-year-old man, who tried to explode a bomb at a large Catholic church in Indonesia's Medan city and attacked the 60-year-old priest with an axe when the bomb failed to explode properly, was inspired by the leader of the Islamic State terror group, an official said Tuesday.
The suspect, identified as Ivan Armadi Hasugian, was arrested after his failed attempt to detonate a bomb and kill the priest, Albert Pandiangan, at St. Yosep Catholic Church in North Sumatra province during the Sunday mass, The Jakarta Post reported.
The local newspaper quoted Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto as saying that Hasugian was inspired by Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi. "Having been fed misleading news on the internet, he became obsessed [with al-Baghdadi],'' he said, of the suspect. more >>
Students pursuing a ministry degree at an evangelical seminary in Texas are now required to complete sexual abuse awareness training as part of their education.
Dallas Theological Seminary announced earlier this month that it's partnering with the group MinistrySafe to provide training for ministry degree students.
Reportedly the first seminary in the nation to do so, the requirement takes effect during the fall semester, which began on Monday, and can be met via an internship offered by MinistrySafe. more >>