A Christian family band was arrested on Saturday following a deadly gunfight outside of a Walmart parking lot in Cottonwood, Arizona.
Nine suspects involved in a violent brawl that left at least one person dead over the weekend have been identified as members of the Gaver family, including Peter Gaver, 55, and his sons, Jeremiah, 29, and Nathaniel, 27, all from the small-time Christian band Matthew 24 Now.
According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Cottonwood police officers were called to a local Walmart after a store employee was allegedly assaulted during an encounter with the family. The Gavers had reportedly been living out of a large van with Idaho license plates in the parking lot for the past few days and entered the retail store to use the rest rooms when trouble ensued. more >>
Phaedra Parks, reality TV star of Bravo series "Real Housewives of Atlanta," recently revealed how a prayer helped connect her with One Church International's first lady, Sarah Jakes-Roberts, daughter of popular televangelist Bishop T.D. Jakes.
Parks, an Atlanta attorney and cast member of "Real Housewives of Atlanta," let cameras film her dealing with the aftermath of crimes committed by her estranged husband, Apollo Nida, that have resulted in him being sent to prison. Nida is serving an eight-year prison sentence for bank theft and identity fraud charges, while Parks has been left to care for the pair's two young sons.
In the latest episode of the Bravo TV reality television series, Jakes-Roberts, the daughter of T.D. and Serita Jakes of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, appeared to help Parks deal with her problems in a healthy way. Sarah got married to Touré Roberts, the senior pastor of One Church International in Hollywood, last year. more >>
Six people have been arrested after a group of Hindu extremists attacked a cathedral in central India, breaking down doors and smashing windows. The attack, which was caught on CCTV cameras, was aimed at Christians who are being accused by the extremists of converting people into Christianity.
"We arrested six men last night in connection with the vandalism. We are trying to identify more people ... there may be more arrests," senior state police official HC Mishra said, according to AFP.
The attack on the cathedral in Madhya Pradesh state apparently took place on Friday night, police said. The right-wing Hindu Dharma Sena group has accused the church of converting close to 200 local tribal people into Christianity, though it has denied involvement in the attack. more >>
You know the standards of the media have hit rock bottom when a liberal commentator makes news for telling the truth. Jonathan Capehart of The Washington Post and MSNBC has become a media star for his belated recognition of the "Hands up, don't shoot" lie out of Ferguson, Missouri. Better late than never, except for the fact that this liberal narrative was always in dispute. There was never any legitimate reason to believe that Police Officer Darren Wilson had simply fired on Michael Brown for no reason.
The appropriate reaction to Capehart's Damascus Road conversion to the truth should be: What took you so long? And what will you do to make sure you never fall for such a vicious lie again?
Don Irvine, the chairman of Accuracy in Media, notes in his blog on the AIM website that Capehart admitted the narrative was wrong after the Department of Justice found Wilson's side of the story to be true. Capehart said, "What DOJ found made me ill." Irvine commented, "I would be ill too if I had helped push a false narrative that gave fuel to the riots in Ferguson that have cost businesses and taxpayers millions of dollars, and ruined the career of Officer Wilson." more >>
The FBI has joined in the investigation of the hanging death of Otis James Byrd, 54, who was found dead on Thursday in Mississippi.
Byrd went last seen on March 2, and his family filed a report with Claiborne County just six days later. However, his body was not found until Thursday, when the Claiborne County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Wildlife Fisheries and Parks Department conducted a ground search. He was found "hanged to death a half mile from his last known residence." Bed sheets had been used to hang the body.
The NAACP has requested that the U.S. Department of Justice classify the "suspicious hanging" as a hate crime and "join the current investigation." more >>
On Friday an evangelical pastor based in Oakland, Calif. (the birthplace of the Black Lives Matter movement), Dominique Gilliard, shared the post with a small diverse group of evangelical leaders who decided to craft a collective response. This open letter was crafted by the collective efforts of Rev. Leroy Barber (CCDA and Word Made Flesh), Gilliard (New Hope Oakland), Dr. Brian Bantum (Seattle Pacific University), Micky ScottBey Jones (Transform Network), Efrem Smith (World Impact) and me (Sojourners). We didn't know if our words would resonate. We only knew the truth that we must speak in response to Graham's outsized influence coupled with apparent ignorance. In the end, a broad representation of national evangelical leaders agreed to sign this letter to Graham as principal signatories.
An Open Letter to Reverend Franklin Graham
Dear Rev. Graham, more >>