The infamous Westboro Baptist Church made its way to Joel Osteen's home base in Houston, Texas, Sunday to blast the city's lesbian Mayor Annise Parker and protest against the famous pastor.
Members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which isn't affiliated with any Baptist denomination, gathered outside the church as people entered for Sunday worship services.
The group held signs aimed at Parker's support for the city's Equal Rights Ordinance, which opponents believe will have several unintended consequences, such as allowing men who identify as female to use women's bathrooms. more >>
The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem have formed a partnership to advance and deepen Hispanic Christian engagement with the state and people of Israel, the organizations announced Monday.
This cooperative effort will focus on the ICEJ's annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration in Jerusalem, which serves as the official and exclusive gathering for Hispanic Evangelicals to make pilgrimage to Israel each year and to express in person their support for the Jewish nation and people.
"Our objective is to exponentially increase Hispanic participation and attendance at the annual Feast of Tabernacles, held each fall in Jerusalem under the sponsorship of the Christian Embassy," said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the NHCLC/Conela. "We will encourage all followers of Christ in the Latino world to come to Jerusalem at this divinely appointed time, to see the biblical sites, stand in solidarity with Israel, and take part in this dynamic worship experience with believers from all over the world." more >>
An official with the Church of Pakistan has confirmed that a Christian couple was beaten and burned alive over a false accusation made by their employer who claimed they ripped pages out of a Quran and threw them into a brick kiln furnace.
Raheel Sharoon, development officer of the Diocese of Raiwind, said Thursday that Shehzad Masih and his wife, Shamah — who were beaten in the streets Tuesday by a Muslim mob of 1,500 to 1,600 that tore off their clothes beat them before throwning them into a furnace — were killed because their employer said they owed him money, and he started the rumor to exact revenge.
"The real story is that the owner of brick kiln, Yousaf Gujjar, lent some money to the couple and when he asked for the money to be returned there was a confrontation since a majority of brick kiln workers cannot return their loans in cash, but do it by working at the brick kiln. After which he started spreading rumors of desecration of the Quran," Sharoon said, according to the Episcopal News Service. more >>
Pastor Dwayne Black made headlines this week along with fellow pastor Mark Sims and 90-year-old Arnold Abbott, for his for being arrested for feeding the poor and homeless in Fort Lauderdale. Pastor Black took time to speak with The Christian Post about his calling to feed the homeless.
Black, Sims and Abbott were all arrested on Sunday for feeding the homeless in a public area in the city. Just two days prior, Mayor Jack Seiler had signed a new law into place that places a restriction on feeding groups of people within city limits. However, the three men saw a need in their community and decided to take action, even if it meant legal trouble.
"We fed about six or seven people when the police approached," Black told CP. "We actually said a prayer and then gave communion to the homeless. If feeding them is going to get me arrested, let me get arrested for giving them communion. The police stayed off to the side, but then they suddenly made a move forward, and Abbott and I stayed." more >>
A labor leader who sought refuge in a Portland church was arrested on Thursday and a community, including several members of the clergy and the mayor, have spoken out and asked for him not to be deported.
Francisco Aguirre, originally from El Salvador, took refuge in the Augustana Lutheran Church for the first time since September in order to attend a court hearing on a drunk driving charge. He was immediately taken into federal custody and charged with illegally entering the United States before entering a guilty plea in the drunk driving case. Aguirre now faces deportation back to El Salvador.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has released close to 15,000 pages of files covering clergy sex abuse cases, including information on how it handled allegations against 36 priests. The Church admitted that it cannot change the past, but expressed hopes on rebuilding trust through transparency.
"As we said in January, we are committed to transparency with the people we serve," Cardinal Francis George said in a statement, according to CBS Chicago. "We cannot change the past but we hope we can rebuild trust through honest and open dialogue. Child abuse is a crime and a sin. The Archdiocese of Chicago is concerned first and foremost with bringing healing to abuse victims."
The newly released files add to another batch that was released in January on 30 other priests. Most of the abuse in the report occurred before 1988 and none after 1996, church officials said. more >>