An alleged Ponzi schemer who was once endorsed by Bishop Eddie Long has been arrested by federal authorities in Missouri.
Ephren Taylor, formerly a financial advisor to megachurch congregations like Long's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, surrendered to authorities in Kansas City on Tuesday.
Former As I Lay Dying guitarist Nick Hipa dismissed convicted lead singer, ex-Christian and founder of the metalcore band, Tim Lambesis, as a "sociopathic narcissist" for trying to justify plotting to murder his estranged wife and claiming that his bandmates abandoned him after he was arrested.
On May 16, 2014, the day Lambesis was sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to hire a hitman to murder his estranged wife and mother of his three adopted children, Meggan Murphy Lambesis, Alternative Press published a substantive interview with the former Christian singer.
In the interview, Lambesis discusses a number of personal issues such as the breakdown of his marriage, his descent into atheism, his steroid use and how his former bandmates shunned him after he was arrested. more >>
More than 550 Coptic Christian schoolgirls in Egypt have been kidnapped by Muslim men and forced to convert and marry their abductors during the last three years, according to the Association of Victims of Abduction and Forced Disappearance (AVAFD).
"The world reacted in horror and revulsion at the kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls in April," writes Mark Ellis of Godreports. "But twice as many Coptic Christian schoolgirls in Egypt have vanished slowly, one-by-one, in kidnappings that remain unsolved."
The kidnappings and captivity, occuring since January 2011 through March 2014, often include violence against the girls. For example, the traditional cross the Coptic minority tattoos on their wrists is erased with acid before these forced marriages, according to Terrasanta, a Catholic news service. more >>
A Hispanic pastor recently visiting an Iowa church claims local police racially profiled him in the parking lot of a hotel, telling him he "fit a profile of a drug dealer."
The Rev. Tony Suarez, vice president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, was visiting the Iglesia Pentecostal Unida International church in Des Moines, Iowa this past weekend when he was stopped by police on Saturday night at around 11:30 p.m. The pastor lives in Virginia with his wife and three children, but was invited to the Des Moines church as a guest speaker.
On Saturday evening, Suarez, who is of Colombian descent, had been commuting from a local drug store to his hotel, the Hampton Inn, when he noticed police following him in his rear view mirror. Distracted by the police car in his rear view mirror, Suarez told the Des Moines Register that he pulled his vehicle, a white BMW he borrowed from a church member, into the Quality Inn & Suites by accident. more >>
A man who recently decapitated a Jesus Christ statue outside of a church in Charleston, South Carolina told police he did so for religious reasons, citing the Ten Commandments.
Charles Jeffrey Short of Columbia was arrested after he decapitated a Jesus Christ statue using a Kobalt sledgehammer outside of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in downtown Charleston in the early hours of Sunday morning. Two witnesses contacted police after they saw a man lob off the head of the statue at around 5:45 a.m. Short, 38, was then found walking near the church on Huger Street. When police asked him where he was coming from, he pointed to the church on King Street.
According to the Charleston Post Courier, Short gave authorities permission to search his backpack, where they found the sledgehammer with "color dust/residue," assumedly from the six-foot concrete statue that depicted the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ. more >>
It was a dark and bloody Sunday for residents of the coastal town of Mpeketoni in Kenya after witnesses say a Somali al-Qaeda-linked extremist group called Al-Shabab left 48 people dead. The deaths were the result of an hours-long door-to-door assault on the community where those who weren't Muslim or spoke Somali were killed.
The attack began on Sunday night as the community watched World Cup matches on TV and continued until early Monday, according to the Associated Press.
When it was over, Kenyan troops who did little to stop the assault and the residents of Mpeketoni awoke to heartbreaking carnage littered across dirt streets and still-smoldering vehicles and buildings that had been set ablaze. more >>