A North Carolina pastor may be deported following his arrest in June for lying about his immigration status on job application papers.
Jose Armando Siliezar-Sevilla, 48, a husband and father, has lived in the United States since he emigrated from Honduras in 1989. According to NC Dream Team, Siliezar-Sevilla took work as a construction worker, but found that the income was insufficient."
Desperate to make ends meet, he became involved in drug dealing. In 1993, he was charged and convicted of drug possession and served time for two and a half years. After completion of his time in state prison, he was deported to Mexico despite being a Honduran national," the website states. more >>
A religious community in Denver, Colorado, is currently mourning the death of their beloved pastor, who recently passed away while on a mission trip to India.
Members of Grace Community Church, located in the Denver suburb of Centennial, have announced that their pastor, Terry Broadwater, recently passed away while on a mission trip in the Himalayas with his oldest son and several church members. Broadwater and the church group were reportedly hiking the high Himalayan peaks and ministering to villagers in small mountain towns along the way.
The church said in a statement on its website that although details are still unclear surrounding Broadwater's death, it is clear that the pastor had slipped while hiking the mountain range in a remote part of India and had fallen off of a cliff. more >>
A pastor who established a church and camp community for convicted sex offenders has been ordered to shut down his ministry.
Ricky Martin, who founded Triumph Church in Clanton, Alabama, in 2010 hosted more than 50 convicted sex offenders in his ministry's four years of existence before the state's legislature passed a law banning it on Tuesday.
The former host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" and current host of HBO's "Last Night Tonight" mocked an anti-gay pastor and current Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate on Sunday.
British comedian John Oliver, who spent most of his show this week focusing on the accomplishments of LGBT activists, also highlighted Scott Lively, who is currently the subject of a lawsuit filed by a Ugandan gay advocacy group partially blaming him for inciting violence against the country's LGBT population.
While homosexuality was already illegal in the country, earlier this year, Uganda passed a law expanding the criminalization of same-sex relations – "aggravated homosexuality" is punishable by life imprisonment and the "promotion" of homosexuality is also criminalized. It also requires citizens to report to the police anyone suspected of being gay. more >>
Evangelism can be intimidating. This is especially true for students who think that they're all alone in the effort. They walk up to their school feeling overwhelmed, like they're the last man standing. They're hesitant to post gospel truth on social media because it's not as appealing as everyone's selfies or "woman-crush-Wednesday."
They slouch in their desks because they're not sure how to raise an objection. Difficulty increases as feelings of intimidation and inadequacy come from people who are apparently uninterested. This often leads to isolation in evangelism.
Why is it like this? Pastor and evangelist, Greg Laurie, accurately describes this difficulty in evangelism: "There is one thing that both Christians and non-Christians have in common: they are both uptight about evangelism. Non-Christians are uptight about being evangelized, and Christians are uptight about evangelizing." So, how can we go from isolation to infiltration? How can we move from feeling uptight to starting an uprising? One primary way is to realize that you're not alone. 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 >>