The Place of Refuge Church family in Manteca, California, cautiously celebrated Wednesday after the state of Nevada dropped a murder charge against their youth pastor, Robert Cox, stemming from a fight he had with a drunken man outside a bar last year.
Cox, 35, was arrested by Manteca police in June and was in jail for six days for the death of Link Ellingson, 55.
Jim Staley, 39, pastor of Passion For Truth Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri, is now facing up to 30 years in prison and/or up to $1 million in fines for allegedly defrauding investors, according to a June 18 federal grand jury indictment. He did not tell his congregation, however, until more than a week later because he claims he didn't realize he was arrested.
"I want to just let everyone know that I have just learned that I was technically arrested. I had no idea. There were no handcuffs, no police, no jail cells, nothing," Staley explained in a post on his church's Facebook page on June 28.
The post appears to have been triggered by an official announcement of the indictment by the FBI on June 25 and questions from detractors including, according to Staley, some of the "sheep." more >>
A Christian judge in Florida recognized as a gifted Bible teacher and preacher could soon be kicked from the bench because she used her office to promote her side business called Gaza Road Ministries.
According to the ministry's website Leon County Judge Judith Hawkins founded Gaza Road Ministries in late 2010.
The ministry, says the website, was "modeled after Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:30-35. Gaza Road Ministries represents her desire to help others answer the question, 'Do you understand what you are reading?'" more >>
Editors Note: This story has been updated to include Sovereign Grace Ministries' response to the dismissal of the sex abuse case.
Maryland's Court of Special Appeals has dismissed a case which alleged that leaders of Sovereign Grace Ministries had attempted to cover up a sex abuse scandal at the Bethesda-Covenant Life Church.
Last year, a civil lawsuit argued that CGC church leaders, including founder C. J. Mahaney, "conspired and continue to conspire" to "permit sexual deviants to have unfettered access to children for purposes of predation and to obstruct justice by covering up ongoing past predation." In May 2013, a judge threw out the lawsuit due to the statute of limitations. The defendents appealed the decision in early June 2014. more >>
There were plenty of tears to go around at a Boy Scouts of America summer camp in San Diego, California, Monday after a 12-year-old Las Vegas boy reportedly fatally shot himself in a tent as his father served as chaperone for his troop.
Police told The Chicago Tribune that the heartbreaking incident is being investigated as a suicide and noted that a gun was removed from the scene. It is unclear at this time where the gun came from.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Palestinian militant group Hamas "will pay" for the murder of three Israeli teens, one with dual-U.S. citizenship, whose bodies were discovered north of Hebron in the West Bank.
"[The teens] were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals," Netanyahu said at a security cabinet meeting on Monday. "In the name of the whole of Israel, I ask to tell the dear families – to the mothers, the fathers, the grandmothers and the grandfathers, the brothers and sisters – our hearts are bleeding, the whole nation is crying with them."