A California man accused of robbing a church might have sealed his fate after leaving behind a phone with a picture of himself.
Chula Vista police say that Adam Howe, 26, robbed the Hilltop Tabernacle Church in San Diego on Monday, breaking into a church building and nearby RV, and taking $10,000 worth of cash, a laptop computer, and several purses and watches.
But despite the fact that Howe managed to make off with his large haul, police said the suspect left his phone at the scene of the crime. more >>
A popular and jovial pastor from Dunkerton, Iowa, described as a "godly man" who "constantly read the Bible" fatally shot himself Wednesday behind the parsonage where he lived leaving his congregation in shock and confusion.
Dunkerton Police Chief Tim Schultz confirmed with the WCF Courier Thursday that the Rev. Allen "Tommy" Rucker of First Baptist Church, popularly known as pastor Tommy, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and there is nothing to suggest that it wasn't a suicide.
"There is nothing suspicious [about the death]," he said. more >>
A police officer in small-town Filer, Idaho, who fatally shot a residents dog during the birthday party of the 9-year-old son of the dog's owner because he didn't want to get bitten, has been placed on administrative leave.
A dashcam video of the incident that occurred Saturday was released by Filer Police on Monday, and has since sparked national outcry and a call for police officer Tarek Hassani, who shot the dog, to be fired.
The video shows the moments leading up to Hassani's shooting of the black labrador named Hooch, owned by Rick Clubb, and the moments afterward. more >>
Christians are being persecuted, sexually assaulted and attacked by mobs in India, and the crimes are going unpunished, according to testimony by Alliance Defending Freedom before the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
"India, in spite of its long tradition for religious tolerance, finds itself in the throes of religious fundamentalism and violence against religious minorities for the past few decades. Reports by faith-based rights agencies show that Christians in India have suffered about 150 violent attacks on an average in the past few years," argued ADF attorney Tehmina Arora before the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.
"These attacks include physical and sexual assaults, murder and desecration of places of worship and graveyards." more >>
Editor's Note: This is the second part in a series on surrogacy, titled "Renting a Womb." Read Part 1 here.
Although not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the act of surrogacy in order to produce a baby should be considered unethical, says Scott B. Rae, professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at Biola University.
Surrogacy, Rae argued, diminishes a woman's role in procreation. The woman, he said, is reduced to a "baby breeder." more >>
A 15-year-old girl was brutally murdered in Houston, Texas, and police believe that her death was part of a satanic ritual led by a 17-year-old and 16-year-old. Both boys have been charged in her kidnapping and murder.
Jose E. Reyes, 17, is accused of the rape and murder of Corriann Cervantes, whom he kidnapped on Wednesday. Her remains were found on Saturday morning. She was found with an upside-down cross carved into her stomach and various religious items around her partially naked body. Police said that her body showed signs of being violently raped.
Reyes confessed to the crime and said he killed Cervantes so his friend could "sell his soul to the devil," according to KTRK. He was arrested after Webster Police received a tip that Reyes had confessed to a family member. Reyes, Cervantes, and the 16-year-old suspect all attended Clear Path Alternative School, but it was unclear why Reyes and his accomplice specifically targeted Cervantes. more >>