A Seattle Pacific University professor told grieving students Thursday night that the shootings on campus, which left one student dead and two others injured, was not what God wanted for their school community.
"There's no explaining it," Frank Spina, a professor of biblical studies, told students at a impromptu prayer service on Thursday night. "'This is not God's plan. This is not God's will. This is not God's way of teaching us a lesson. Any lesson we could have learned out of this could have been learned otherwise."
Instead, Spina said, "It's a day to scream. It's a day to lament." more >>
An 18-year-old Pakistani woman survived being shot twice and thrown in a canal by her family in an attempted honor killing for marrying the man that she loved.
"It is an honor-related incident," local police chief Ali Akbar told Reuters.
"The victim, Saba [Maqsood] ... married her neighbor Muhammad Qaiser for love five days ago against the wishes of her family. They took her to Hafizabad, shot her twice and threw her in the canal after putting her in a sack, presuming that she was dead." more >>
A Manteca, California, church has rallied behind their worship and youth pastor, after he was arrested and charged with the murder of a man he fought with outside a Las Vegas bar during a church trip last year.
A FOX 40 report says the pastor, Robert Cox of The Place of Refuge Church in Manteca, is now awaiting extradition to Nevada in the San Joaquin County Jail.
His murder charge stems from the June 13, 2013, fight he had with the now deceased Link Ellingson in the parking lot of a Las Vegas sports club called Four Kegs. more >>
Seattle Pacific University, a private Christian school with more than 4,000 students, was locked down Thursday after reports that several people were shot on campus.
University officials notified students via text message and email around 3:28 p.m. that a lockdown was in effect due to a shooting in Otto Miller Hall, which houses the school's Division of Science and Engineering.
The Seattle Times reports that as many as six victims were in transport to Harborview Medical Center, with at least one fatality, according to The Associated Press. Initial reports indicated that one gunman, armed with either a shotgun or rifle, had been apprehended, according to the Times. No details had been released about the suspect, who was captured by KIRO-TV being escorted by a police officer. more >>
A former Indiana megachurch pastor imprisoned for sexually abusing a former female student at his church's high school is attempting to overturn his prison sentence by accusing the victim of seducing him.
The former leader of a 15,000-person congregation, Jack A. Schaap, 56, who is married and has two children, has asked U.S. District Judge Rudy Lozano to overturn his 12-year sentence, "due to the aggressiveness of (the girl) that inhibited impulse control."
Schapp was sentenced in 2013 for sexually abusing the victim and taking her across state lines, and is not set to be released until 2023. more >>
Christians traveling to the site of the mass shooting in California where 22-year-old Elliot Rodger killed six people before taking his own life, argue that Christians must stand up and speak on these sensitive issues.
"Evangelical church leaders have been largely silent on this crisis and that can't continue. These tragedies are a matter of life and death and they leave individuals, families, and whole communities devastated and in terrible fear. Christian leaders can't simply shrug their shoulders and walk away from such enormous tragedy. Clergy have a unique perspective and unique contributions to make toward solving this problem," the Rev. Rob Schenck of the National Clergy Council in Washington, D.C., said Wednesday.
The shooting rampage near the University of California at Santa Barbara on May 23 that left seven people dead and over a dozen injured has prompted a national dialogue on the role of men and women in society, particularly in light of Rodger's numerous videos where he says he is carrying out the attack because of his loneliness and lack of success with women. more >>