A female pastor is being held on $100,000 bond at a Texas jail after being arrested on Monday and charged with injury to a child for allegedly performing a "resurrection ceremony" on a dead 2-year-old boy she claimed was possessed by "demons."
Pastor Aracely Meza, 49, reportedly held the bizarre ritual last month at her home in Balch Springs, which is 15 miles east of Dallas and also operates as a church known as Iglesia Internacional Jesus es el Rey. Investigators claim the child was starved for nearly a month in a bid to rid him of demonic forces because his parents believed that he was "possessed" but he ultimately died.
"She's been charged with injury to a child," Balch Springs police Lt. Mark Maret told The Christian Post on Wednesday. "She's still in our jail but she's not talking about [the allegations] at all right now." more >>
A young couple who served as youth pastors at a vibrant church in Bonney Lake, Washington, were crushed to death along with their 8-month-old son after a concrete slab fell from an overpass and slammed into their vehicle as they drove along a local highway Monday morning.
Pastor James Ludlow of Eastpointe Foursquare Church in Pierce County confirmed in a message posted on the church's website that the departed couple, Josh and Vanessa Ellis, both reportedly in their 20s, and their infant son, Hudson, were an active and beloved family and the church community had been left in emotional tatters by the news.
"As many of you have heard or are hearing, our community and our church has suffered a tragedy. Our wonderful youth pastors, Josh and Vanessa Ellis, along with Hudson, their 8-month-old boy, immediately went to be with Jesus at around 10 a.m. on April 13, 2015. (Literally in the 'twinkling of an eye.') We are stunned! Shocked! Wounded, broken and dismayed. But we know one thing for sure ... they are in glory in the loving arms of our King Jesus!" he said, in part, in the message. more >>
A U.S. court has awarded $330 million to Shurat HaDin, or Israel Law Center, on behalf of the U.S.-based family of Rev. Kim Dong-Shik, a Christian missionary and activist who was abducted by North Korean agents inside China and later killed in North Korea.
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia awarded the family $330 million — which includes $15 million dollars each to Kim's son and brother, as well as $300 million in punitive damages — against the government of North Korea, known as DPRK, Israel Law Center said in a statement Monday.
"This is an important human rights decision that will be utilized in all political abduction cases going forward," Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli group's director, said. more >>
Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and other faith groups have spoken out against California Senate Bill 128, which if passed, would give terminally ill people in the state the right to end their lives. Warren said that he opposes the bill both as a theologian and as the father of a son who died by suicide due to mental illness.
"I oppose this law as a theologian and as the father of a son who took his life after struggling with mental illness for 27 years," Warren said at a conference on Saturday, referring to his son, Matthew, who took his own life on April 5, 2013.
"The prospect of dying can be frightening," he added while speaking at a panel, the OC Register reported. "But we belong to God, and death and life are in God's hands. ... We need to make a radical commitment to be there for those who are dying in our lives." more >>
A Presbyterian Church (USA) regional body located in California has been accused of putting a Korean congregation's effort to leave the mainline denomination to a standstill.
Last year, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church of Rowland Heights voted overwhelmingly to seek dismissal from PCUSA over the denomination's growing acceptance of homosexuality.
Out of 817 votes casted in the March 2014 vote, 738 voted to leave, 74 voted to stay, and 5 votes were dismissed. more >>
In a bold move outside the norm for most congregations, Santa Monica pastor Steve Snook plans to set aside his own preaching as he did last year and give the keys, so to say, to the Easter late morning service to those sitting on the grass at Temescal Canyon Park.
I took part and witnessed this amazing work of the Holy Spirit last year.
Instead of a tightly wrapped "boxed" Easter sermon, Snook explained at the beginning of this remarkable gathering that God had told him, "This service is on me." more >>