Just hours after he celebrated his graduation from a local Bible college with his family, a Texas pastor and his three sons were killed in a grisly car crash on Saturday that also left his wife and daughter in critical condition, while his mother is expected to survive injuries.
Pastor Jeff Fugate of Clays Mill Road Baptist Church confirmed with the Lexington Herald Leader that Pastor Israel Avelar, 46, and his sons Kevin, 17; Daniel, 14; and Matthew, 6, died after a crash near Carthage, Texas, Saturday morning. A KGAS report said Avelar was the pastor of Temple Baptist Church in Lexington.
Avelar's wife, Hilda, 41, and daughter Kimberly Avelar, 11, were said to be in critical condition Sunday and his mother, Lazara Abaraca, who was also traveling with them, is expected to recover from injuries she suffered. more >>
Two pastors left their churches in shock after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that they were among 32 men arrested for patronizing prostitution and human trafficking charges.
The pastors, Jason Kennedy, 46, who served as a children's minister at Grace Baptist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee, has since been fired, while Zubin Parakh, 32, is no longer listed as creative pastor at Life House Church in Oak Ridge. He can be seen ministering in this video.
Calls made by The Christian Post to Life House Church were not immediately returned on Monday morning but in a statement issued to members on their website, leaders of Grace Baptist Church said they were "saddened" by the turn of events. more >>
Actor Elijah Wood has claimed that child sex abuse is rampant in Hollywood, the top film industry in the U.S., stating that youth are "preyed upon" by industry figures, which is often covered up.
According to an interview in the Sunday Times, Wood, most famous for his starring role in the "Lord of the Rings" series, revealed: "You all grew up with [Jimmy] Savile — Jesus, it must have been devastating," he said.
"Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood. more >>
If walls could talk, the building housing Pastor Jamal Bryant's Empowerment Temple megachurch at 4217-4221 Primrose Avenue in Northwest Baltimore would perhaps be screaming "scandal."
Before the scandal-scarred Bryant made the fated Primrose Avenue address in Baltimore the home of his church in the early 2000s, he was preceded by church leaders whose spiritual walk was just as spotty.
Twenty-one well-respected law professors, including Harvard's Alan Dershowitz, are arguing that Obama administration directives detailing how universities and colleges should react to allegations of sexual harassment are infringing upon due process and free speech.
In an open letter published on Monday, the law professors warned that a series of guidances issued over the last six years by the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) explaining how colleges must define and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations are an act of federal overreach.
The letter explains that although OCR should take action to make sure that institutions can't downplay or ignore sexual assaults or harassment, there is a major issue with the approach that the administration has taken. more >>
Gospel music artist James Fortune revealed what he says is the root cause of his violent outbursts and the physical assault of a family member back in 2014, for which he served time in jail.
"I'm not ashamed but I'm just exposing the enemy. domestic violence is more about power and control, it's not just about physical violence," the 37-year-old singer who has been in therapy for the last 18 months revealed on Periscope, according to First Lady B blog. "I struggle with control and that's what I was dealing with. When you can't control someone, then you feel as though you are losing control."
In 2014, media reports alleged that Fortune was charged with assault of an unnamed family member in October 2014. Although Fortune's wife, Cheryl Fortune, was never confirmed as the victim of the assault that led to the singer's arrest, ABC13 reported that she suffered from broken bones and internal injuries at the time of his arrest. more >>