How does a teenage gang banger go from breaking into cars and stealing, to hosting a Bible club after school? Just ask Gabriel Salazar.
The day that the gang to which Salazar belonged turned against him — beating him and breaking his ribs because he refused to retaliate against a rival gang member — was a wake-up call for the teen. Gangs couldn't provide the sense of brotherhood and belonging he so desperately sought while growing up without a father.
"I was abandoned when I was a baby by my father," Salazar told The Christian Post. "I was facing issues of abandonment and I was facing issues of rejection. So these two things in a young person's life [are] a combination of toxins that will make somebody second guess, 'am I an accident?'" more >>
The Michigan Supreme Court decided Wednesday that it would hear arguments on whether it should intervene in a dispute between a Grand Rapids church and its former pastor who claims he was illegally removed from his post.
The now defunct Pilgrim's Rest Missionary Baptist Church started falling apart in 2011 when the church booted the Rev. Arthur Pearson for embezzling church funds.
At issue now, however, is whether he can contest his dismissal in court or whether the Constitutional separation of church and state means the courts will have to just stay out of it, according to Mlive.com. more >>
Ronald Joling, a 71-year-old Oregon preacher and his faithful 73-year-old wife, Dorothea, were sentenced this week to eight and four years in federal prison respectively for evading $1.2 million in taxes.
The couple had hoped to escape prison when they fled to Arizona after their trial last year, but they were captured after they used a cell phone from their hide-out to call one of their property tenants to collect rent, according to The Register Guard.
U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken, who said she was surprised that the couple fled after their trial, explained that "these were not the sentences I intended to impose" the first time around because of their ages but felt they left her with no other choice. more >>
Indiana Pastor Davey Blackburn whose pregnant wife, Amanda, was fatally shot during a home invasion on Nov. 10, says he's taking time away from the pulpit to get healthy and asked his congregation not to let his wife's death go to waste.
In a video message recorded on Nov. 29, directed at his small congregation at Resonate Church in Indianapolis, Blackburn urged them to use his wife's death to get more people to come to church.
"I believe that even in this situation one of the things that God wants to use and do in this situation is that he wants to embolden us with more courage to invite our friends into relationship with Jesus. And so I'm confident that within the next several weeks there's gonna be great opportunities for people to come to know Jesus, so I want you to invite your friends. I want you to invite your family. more >>
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr. told students on Wednesday that the university will soon be changing its gun policy to allow those with concealed-carry permits to have guns inside residence halls.
The Lynchburg News & Advance reports that Falwell, the son of the Evangelical school's founder Jerry Falwell Sr., told thousands of students at his final convocation of 2015 that he has proposed changes to the university's concealed-carry policy to allow students to keep guns inside their dorm rooms.
"As the president of this university community, I've helped nearly 15,000 students and 7,000 faculty and staff," Falwell stated. "I take very seriously my responsibility to keep you safe in an increasingly dangerous world." more >>
Following the shooting in San Bernadino, California, last week, 2015 has become the deadliest year for jihad-inspired terror attacks on American soil since 2001, according to a Washington-based think tank.
The New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank that focuses on a wide range of public policy issues, has compiled a set of data outlining various massacres that have occurred inside the United States since the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2011, that killed nearly 3,000 people.
The list, which was released after last Wednesday's jihad-inspired mass shooting in San Bernardino, finds that 19 people have been killed by radical Islamic extremists in the U.S. this year alone, making 2015 the most violent year for Islamic extremism in America since 2001. more >>