As the U.S. Supreme Court begins to consider whether to take up the Texas abortion ban case, legal experts say it might end up turning on a decision by conservative Justice Antonin Scalia.
On Nov. 4, Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union and other pro-abortion groups appealed to the Supreme Court to reinstate a district court's injunction that blocked a portion of the state's abortion law requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, citing that it would close a majority of abortion clinics in the state and block women's access to abortion.
The appeal was filed with Justice Antonin Scalia, who gave the state until Tuesday to file a response. Scalia could rule on the injunction himself, or refer the issue to the nine-member Court. more >>
For the last year I have been dreading the end of fall because I knew that it would signal the start of the Christmas season.
Christmas is always a force to be reckoned with. On a normal year, it approaches with the subtlety and restraint of a runaway locomotive. We began planning for Christmas at Fresh Life this summer and even then, when it still seemed far away, it was difficult to think about facing the world wrapped in lights, silver bells and holly. Last week, I walked into a Starbucks in New Mexico and saw eggnog latte's were on the menu and they had a big display of Advent calendars near the counter.
Ready or not, here it comes. more >>
A man born in Illinois who was abducted and taken to Mexico 34 years ago is currently waiting to reunite with his mother for the first time after he crossed paths with a California pastor who learned about his story shortly after entering back into the country illegally.
Pastor Freddy Rivas of Iglesia de Cristo Ministerios Llamada Final saw David Amaya Barrick, 37, in downtown San Diego last week and decided to help him after learning that he was arrested and then released by the U.S. Border Patrol when they verified that Barrick was, in fact, born in a Chicago hospital and is a U.S. citizen.
"He was wandering around downtown with his pockets empty and he saw our catering truck," Rivas said, according to Reuters. "He was standing and staring at the food and I knew he was hungry. I started talking to him and he told me his story." more >>
His family knew and were trying to help, but everyone else was in the dark about Pastor Teddy Parker's mental health struggles until he shot himself in his truck in the driveway of his home in Warner Robins, Ga., on Sunday.
"Everybody is just kind of stunned right now. I think a lot of people are just trying to understand why that happened. We're just praying to the Lord for guidance on this," Russell Rowland, one of Parker's disciples at Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church in Macon, Ga., told The Christian Post Tuesday morning.
By Tuesday evening, however, the painful truth behind Parker's death began slowly coming to light. more >>
A prominent "Biblical patriarchy" non-profit group will shut down after its leader admitted to a "lengthy, inappropriate relationship" with a woman on Oct. 30.
Doug Phillips, the former president of Vision Forum, revealed in a blog post last month that while he had not known the woman "in a Biblical sense," the relationship was "nevertheless inappropriately romantic and affectionate."
"I have acted grievously before the Lord, in a destructive manner hypocritical of life messages I hold dear, inappropriate for a leader, abusive of the trust that I was given, and hurtful to family and friends," he wrote in a statement. more >>
A Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese located in Minnesota has announced that it will release a list of priests who have serious allegations of sexual abuse later this month.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis made the announcement Monday in the form of an open letter by Archbishop Rev. John Nienstedt. James Accurso, media and external relations manager with the Archdiocese, provided The Christian Post with a copy of the open letter. "Further, to demonstrate our commitment to the safety of minors and transparency, we will be disclosing information about priests who are known by us to have Charter violations," wrote Nienstedt.
"…the Archdiocese will be disclosing the names, locations and status of priests who are currently living in the Archdiocese, and who we know have substantiated claims against them of committing sexual abuse against minors. All of these men have been removed from ministry." more >>