A congregation in Michigan seeking to restore a church sign has rejected a $500 donation from animal rights group PETA amid concerns over the conditions of their offer to help, but only if they can include their own message under Jesus Christ, saying: "Road to hell is paved with bacon."
J. Todd Vanaman, pastor of Dixie Baptist Church of Clarkston, told The Christian Post that the sign, known as the "Hi-Way Pulpit," is "not a billboard advertisement."
"PETA offered $500 for a one week advertisement for their cause, which is not in keeping with our purpose, therefore we respectfully declined," said Vanaman. more >>
The Bishop of Oslo is speaking out after Norwegian entertainer Tooji used Oslo's Frogner Church as a backdrop for a raunchy music video where the singer announced his sexual orientation by filming an intimate encounter taking place in front of the church's altar with another man portraying a priest.
Touraj Keshtkar, the 28-year-old entertainer known as Tooji who represented Norway in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, announced his homosexuality on Monday with the release of his "Father" music video. The visuals were filmed in the Frogner Church in Oslo, Norway, where Tooji kissed a man portraying a priest before both men stripped naked in an intimate exchange before what appeared to be a supportive congregation.
As the video progresses, the pair turn into angels while they are embracing intimately. more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who are potentially facing the death penalty after being arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of alleged conspiracy and espionage, were removed from a low-security military prison and transferred to a more dangerous facility where they've been denied access to visitors, the pastors lawyers have said.
Revs. Peter Yen Reith and Yat Michael, who've been detained since the winter and charged with violating seven laws including spying, undermining the government and insulting religion, were transferred from the Omdurman Prison for Men outside of Khartoum — where they were allowed to see their families and lawyers — to Kober Prison in North Khartoum, a high-security detention center.
According to an advocacy group closely following the case, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, no one — not even their wives or lawyers — has been allowed to visit with the pastors since their transfer to Kober. more >>
An appeals court has upheld a controversial pro-life law of Texas that has been credited with closing down several abortion clinics since it was enacted.
A three judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Tuesday that Texas' House Bill 2, a law that holds abortion clinics to the same standards as hospitals, was constitutional.
In their opinion, the Fifth Circuit panel drew upon the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which while establishing abortion as a right also noted that states could restrict access if given a compelling interest. more >>
Update: Update: Dougherty County District Attorney Greg Edwards issued a statement on Wednesday saying he dropped a malice murder charge against Kenlissia Jones, although she still reportedly faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous drug.
"Georgia law presently does not permit prosecution of Ms. Jones for any alleged acts related to the end of her pregnancy," the prosecutor's statement said.
The family of an East Albany, Georgia, woman charged with murder for allegedly taking an abortion pill which resulted in the premature birth and subsequent death of her son on Saturday are now calling for prayers as they grieve the boy they never even knew existed. more >>
A congregation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi is being threatened by Muslim criminals who want to seize the church's land. The menacing group is trying to intimidate the Christian community by saying that they'll accuse them of the highly punishable offense of blasphemy if they don't vacate their church property and stop worshiping there.
Members of the Jerusalem Church, a Pentecostal, 300-family congregation in Karachi, have informed International Christian Concern that they've been receiving deadly threats from a group of armed Muslim miscreants, who are known for seizing property from the poor and various targeted killings.
Church members said they were approached in May by the group and were told to leave the church and never return. However, the interaction in May was not the only time that church members were confronted by the group, according to one of the church's pastors, Ilyas Masih. more >>