Two South Sudanese Presbyterian pastors who were imprisoned for over half a year in Sudan and faced the death penality for espionage and other conspiracy charges have finally made it home after they were banned from leaving the country following their release earlier this month.
Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith arrived home in Juba on Wednesday after being arrested and imprisoned last winter and subsequently hit with various trumped-up charges of crimes against the state that could have been punishable by death.
The Oregonian Christian bakers who were sued and fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding have sent a care package that includes a DVD of a Christian film, a cake and a gift card to 10 gay rights organizations in what the bakers have deemed a simple expression of "love."
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon, said this week that they sent care packages to 10 different LGBT organizations in order show how much they "really do love" those activists despite their differing viewpoints.
The packages includes a copy of the Christian film "Audacity," a cake with the words "We Love You" written on top of a big red heart, a $25 restaurant gift card provided by "Audacity" director Ray Comfort and a letter. more >>
A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality.
First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA.
A Facebook page that an atheist group had successfully pressurred to remove Christian messages due to confusion over its relationship to a city government is now posting Christian messages again after some minor changes to the page.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation was initially successful in getting an Arkansas city to remove religious postings from the Dispatch Jonesboro Facebook page — a page overseen by a Jonesboro city employee — after it filed an official complaint citing that it was inapproprite for the page to indicate a preference for Christianity and religion. The page has since returned to posting Christian messages.
Jonesboro officials opted to remove several posts about the Bible and God after receiving a letter from the FFRF. However, after an investigation, the page was found not to be directly tied to the city government. more >>
A crowdfunding website has been set up for Christian cake artist Jack Phillips, who last week was told by the Colorado Court of Appeals that he will not be allowed to refuse to make same-sex wedding cakes if he wants to keep running his business. The website also notes that Phillips has said he would not make Hitler, pornographic, Halloween, or other cakes with themes against his beliefs.
"As stated in court briefs, for 20 years, Jack has declined to make Halloween cakes, pornographic cakes, profane cakes, etc. Nor would he make Hitler cakes, KKK cakes, or anything of that kind if he were asked," the campaign on the Continue to Give website states.
The page has identified a goal of $200,000 in support of Phillips, noting that the money will be used by the Masterpiece Cakeshop owner and his family as they "fight for their freedom of religion and freedom of speech." more >>
Evangelical preacher Franklin Graham has warned that there will be no forgiveness or second chances in hell, commenting on the early prison release of South African Paralympic runner Oscar Pistorius, who served only 10 months out of a five year sentence.
"In hell, where all who are guilty of breaking God's laws will be condemned for eternity, there will be no parole, no forgiveness, no second chances," Graham warned in a Facebook post on Monday.
He added: "God is offering amnesty to all sinners if they are willing to repent and turn from their sins and receive God's provision for their sin — the blood of His very own Son, Jesus Christ, who died on a Cross for the sins of all mankind, was buried, and God raised to life." more >>