Two Sudanese pastors who were released from prison last week after facing the death penality on trumped-up charges are now being barred from leaving the Muslim country.
Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were planning to leave Sudan last week, however authorities met them at the airport and told them they were not allowed to leave the nation.
"[The pastors] were preparing to board a plane Aug. 6 with their families when Khartoum International Airport authorities stopped them, according to one of the men's attorneys," reported Morning Star News. more >>
A Florida pastor and his congregation are now wrapped in heartache after his three daughters were killed in a car crash that left five people dead and a young boy fighting for his life as they returned home from a church convention Sunday.
"It hurts my heart today to see that I have lost three of my daughters at one time," said the Rev. Ricardo Welch of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ in south St. Petersburg, in an interview with The St. Petersburg Tribune on Monday after learning of his daughters' deaths. "But even in all of this tragedy I still trust that God is God and his strength is what holds me up."
According to a WTSP report, at about 7 p.m. Sunday, Jennifer Zuniga, 30, of Venus, Florida, lost control of her pickup, hydroplaned, crossed the center line on State Road 70 and struck a vehicle head-on that was carrying the pastor's three daughters: Tehira, 18, India, 24, and La'Mour Welch, 29. Also traveling with them was musician Antwayne Robinson, 25, of North Carolina. They all died along with Zuniga. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes has clarified that his method of ministering to gay people who choose to attend The Potter's House church was "evolving" and said he does not endorse same-sex marriage, after a recent HuffPost Live interview led some viewers to believe he had "shifted" in his biblical convictions regarding human sexuality and marriage.
Christians and Americans in general remain divided in their opinions on the morality of homosexuality and the legality of same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court's ruling in June effectively affirming same-sex marriage as a constintutional right has not bridged the divide.
"Currently, 54 percent of Americans say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, with 39 percent opposed. In May, 57 percent favored legalizing same-sex marriage, while 39 percent opposed," the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, reported on July 29. more >>
Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood has a Clergy Advocacy Board. And these clergy claim Planned Parenthood employees are "doing God's work."
The Board released a statement (which has since been taken off of Planned Parenthood's website) in response to what they describe is a Center for Medical Progress "smear campaign."
The video recordings expose Planned Parenthood employees discussing their enthusiastic efforts to illegally sell aborted baby parts. Some include whole baby bodies from partial birth abortions. One purchaser is Stem Express, "a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers." more >>
First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, a 2,600-member Pennsylvania congregation, may depart from Presbyterian Church (USA) over the denomination's increasing acceptance of homosexuality.
In June, First Presbyterian's leadership decided to begin the process of discernment to possibly seek dismissal from PC(USA).
In a letter sent out to members on June 16, the Session for First Presbyterian explained the decision to begin the discernment process, with leadership supporting dismissal from the Mainline denomination in a vote of 19-1. more >>
Black pastors are calling on the Smithsonian Institution to remove a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger from the National Portrait Gallery's "Struggle for Justice Exhibit" in Washington, D.C.
The Smithsonian has fallen victim to the propaganda of abortion supporters, according to the group of black pastors who assert that while pro-choice activists praise Sanger as a hero, she was instead a woman who spoke at KKK rallies, advocated for "black eugenics" and wanted to "eliminate black births."
In a letter sent to Smithsonian last Friday, 10 pastors representing a coalition of clergy known as Ministers Taking A Stand, which promotes educational choice, entrepreneurship and strong families, urged the museum to remove the likeness of Sanger from its exhibit. more >>