Singapore's City Harvest Church founder pastor Kong Hee and five other church leaders on trial were found guilty of having misused close to $35 million in donation funds by Judge See Kee Oon on Wednesday.
The Straits Times reported that Kong, 51; deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 42; former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55; former CHC finance managers Serina Wee, 38; Sharon Tan, 40, and former CHC finance committee member John Lam, 47, have all been found guilty of funnelling more than $35.5 million in church donations to support the popstar career of Kong' wife, Sun Ho.
"Each of them participated and functioned in their own way as crucial cogs in the machinery," said the judge. more >>
A member of a North Carolina Baptist church is now able to reduce his daily intake of medication thanks to a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables provided by his pastor.
Pastor Richard Joyner, 62, grows the crops on church property, and at other locations, to provide healthy foods for his community. He started the practice at Conetoe Chapel Missionary after presiding over many funerals for members who died from diseases related to poor nutrition.
"We had at least 20 funerals per year, and a lot of the deaths were health-related — poor diets, no exercise," said Joyner to Encore.org. "It just started to feel unconscionable that you would see someone 100 pounds overweight on Sunday and not say anything about it. Then they'd die of a heart attack." more >>
For centuries and centuries it has been widely accepted in American Christianity that Satanism is a bad thing. But hopeful reformers look to make the Church more welcoming of people it has long marginalized as being evil and wrong.
In recent years, organizations like Cheap Grace Ministries Network, Light Bearer Presbyterians, Accuser Baptists, and Abaddon Out Loud are trying to help churches become more accepting of their Satanic neighbors.
The Michigan Lightning semi-pro football team on Monday publicly grieved for one of their founding fathers and team captain Deante Smith, 25, who was shot dead inside a Detroit church after a confrontation with his estranged pastor who is alleged to have gotten his wife pregnant.
In a statement posted to the team's Facebook page Monday, Michigan Lightning officials remember Smith as an optimistic spirit and a "champion."
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that we, as The Michigan Lightning family, announce the passing of one of our own, Deante Smith. A brother and teammate to so many of us, he left us way too soon. His infectious smile and the courage in which he approached life, on and off the field, are attributes that will stick with all of us," began the statement. more >>
Over 1,300 motorcyclists descended upon the Billy Graham Library to donate thousands of presents for children overseas come Christmas.
Known as the eighth annual "Bikers With Boxes," the motorcade of philanthropy came to North Carolina on Saturday loaded with wrapped shoeboxes containing donations for Operation Christmas Child.
"We are amazed each year to see how God grows this event. The weather on Saturday was perfect, and guests were blessed to hear from a former shoebox recipient, award-winning musician Dennis Agajanian, and Franklin Graham," said Sonya Johnson, promotions manager with the Billy Graham Library, to The Christian Post. more >>
The U.K. government and the Church of England are reportedly in a great row over the refugee crisis, with bishops demanding that the government admit tens of thousands more people.
The Guardian reported on Monday that U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron is upset with the Church of England's criticism of his government, and said that he could not agree to the bishop's plea for the country to admit 50,000 more refugees.
"On the bishops no one has more respect for the bishops than me. But on this occasion, I think they are wrong and I will say so very frankly," Cameron declared. more >>