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 father who chose to treat his newborn suffering from malnutrition with prayer instead of medicine because he believes all sickness is of the devil, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for her death on Monday.
Herbert George Landell, 27, and the mother of his child Lauren Heather Fristed, 26, of Duluth, Georgia, were arrested last May, about a month after they brought their emaciated 10 weeks old daughter, Nevaeh Marie Landell, to Gwinnett Medical Center on March 25 last year, according to USA Today. Police said in arrest warrants that the infant was dead when she was brought to the medical facility and both parents had refused to get the newborn medical treatment since her birth.
On Monday, as he was convicted and sentenced, Landell maintained that he was waiting for the Lord to heal little Nevaeh because he believed her illness had come from the devil. more >>
The United States House Select Panel on Infant Lives has accused the University of New Mexico of illegally transferring babies' tissue from Southwestern Women's Options, a late-term abortion clinic in Albuquerque, to the university after its chancellor admitted in a video interview that students dissected aborted babies' brains and other body parts at a "summer camp."
In a recent video, UNM chancellor Paul Roth admitted in a matter-of-fact way that the dissection did happen. "Yes, we had a faculty member who obtained some tissue, and during one of these summer workshops, uh, dissected I think one or two fetal brains," Roth said in a video posted on YouTube by New Mexico Alliance for Life.
The House Select Panel has written to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, pointing out violations of a state law. 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 >>
The shooting death of NBA star Dwayne Wade's cousin has grabbed the attention of Chicago's South Side. Although the tragedy has ripped a mother from the lives of her four children, Wade's aunt is thankful to God for the brief life of her slain daughter.
Diann Aldridge wept as she clutched a photo of her daughter, Nykea Aldridge, 32, and payed tribute to her memory.
"Her life is gone and she can't come back. This is my baby girl. Just a life that's gone too soon." she said. "Too soon, too soon, she was taken away from us. But by the glory of God we have her children, her four children." more >>