A "motion for reconsideration" has been filed on behalf of The Episcopal Church of South Carolina against a diocese that voted to break away from the denomination, and is seeking to take over the local church's properties that are estimated to be worth $500 million.
A group loyal to the national denomination, called The Episcopal Church in South Carolina, filed the motion against the Diocese of South Carolina, which earlier this month won a court judgement in which it retained ownership of dozens of church properties.
Although District Court Judge Diane Goodstein ruled on Feb. 4 that the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina rightfully owns the church properties and not The Episcopal Church, it was expected that the national denomination was going to file a motion in an attempt to gain control of the church's assets. 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 >>
The prosecution in the Jodi Arias sentencing retrial has rested its case.
On Wednesday, Robert Brown was on the witness stand. Brown, who used to be a computer forensics expert with the Mesa Police Department, testified that the pornography and evidence of porn websites being visited on Travis Alexander's computer got there because of viruses. On cross examination, the defense recited in detail the names of some links to the unsavory websites.
According to Fox10Phoenix, jurors will have to decide if the pornography on Travis Alexander's computer will be a big factor when it comes to deciding whether Arias gets death or life in prison. 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 school district in Florida is considering a complaint sent by a Washington, D.C.-based atheist organization regarding a high school's morning announcement including the phrase "God Bless America."
The legal arm of the American Humanist Association recently sent a letter of complaint to Nassau County School District and Yulee High School on behalf of two students who took issue with the phrase "God bless America" being used on the school intercom.
Rev. Garland Hunt addressed the growing perceived threat to traditional Christian marriage in a speech on Thursday.
"God created marriage; therefore, he's the only one that can define it," Hunt said at the Family Research Council event in Washington, D.C. "Contrary to popular opinion, actually the Supreme Court is not the final arbitrator, so we're lining up with the final arbitrator [God]."
The Supreme Court announced it would take up the case and hear arguments about whether states can ban same-sex marriages. The court previously decided to allow same-sex marriage in California in a landmark decision, leading the way for 36 states to allow same-sex marriage. more >>