A 70-year-old pastor who celebrated his 53rd wedding anniversary this month left behind a trail of grief and confusion Monday, when after years of speculation he was found guilty by a jury of sexually molesting two of his grandchildren.
According to WKBW, pastor Roy Harriger of Community Fellowship Church in the town of Hartland, New York, was finally convicted of two of three counts of coercive criminal sexual conduct against a child by a jury Monday in a case that could have ended in a mistrial.
Harriger had originally faced three counts of incest but those charges were dropped. He was found guilty of molesting two of his grandchildren 12 years ago when he was pastor of Wesleyan Church in Lyndonville. At least 15 people in three states came forward and signed affidavits claiming Harriger molested them as children when he was arrested by authorities last year. Unfortunately, many of those cases are past the statute of limitations so he could not be held accountable for them. more >>
DeVon Franklin may be a Seventh-day Adventist minister who is vocal about his faith, the Franklin Entertainment production company head says he does not depend on religion.
Franklin, the 36-year-old husband of popular Christian actress Meagan Good, recently spoke to Essence magazine about his views on religion.
"I'm connected to religion and that's how I access God. I'm in a relationship with God that can sometimes be informed by religion, but not dependent on religion," Franklin told Essence. "Religion is an organizational institution that is there to help access God and a relationship with God. I'm a Christian man." more >>
Singapore megachurch pastor Kong Hee has been accused by City Harvest Church's former investment manager of lying about his control over music management firm Xtron, as the high-profile cases concerning the misuse of millions of church funds resumed on Monday.
"The only reason I broke away was that the story being cooked up was not the truth. Why is so much responsibility being placed on the investment manager? I'm not going to be united with a team that chooses the most convenient way to defend themselves," Chew Eng Han said about his decision to quit the church in 2013.
Churches in the United Kingdom will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by focusing on the Christian influence of the document.
Both the Church of England's General Synod and other church officials have called on England to remember the church's involvement in the Magna Carta's creation.
The Right Rev. Alan Smith, the bishop of the Diocese of St Albans, sent a letter in January about his concern over the church's role being minimized in popular memory of the 1215 political milestone. more >>
Editor's note: This is the final part of a two-part interview with rapper, pastor, and author Trip Lee about his latest projects, his thoughts on U.S. Christianity, his new church plant, and his perspectives on race as a black man in America. Read part one here: Rapper Trip Lee, Self-Described 'Boring' Guy, Talks Finding Inspiration in Malcolm Gladwell, CS Lewis, and Jay-Z.
It is an "irresponsible argument" for critics of the claim that police officers are biased in their targeting of and interactions with black men to point to so-called black-on-black crime, according to Christian rapper, pastor, author, and thought leader Trip Lee. That only deflects from the real issue, he said in a recent interview in which he comments on race, the church, and how he identifies with Michael Brown and Eric Garner.
"I think what that shows is often an unwillingness to talk about this issue," Lee explained in a Jan. 14 phone interview with The Christian Post. "We'll do anything to avoid talking about this issue. How can I deflect? How can I blame-shift? How can I act like this isn't an issue itself? If I just point out the fact that black people hurt each other, too, then we can ignore the fact that other people harm black people. I think it's an irresponsible argument." more >>
The daughters of church leaders will do more than just find ways to rebel against their parents in the third season of Lifetime's hit docu-series "Preachers' Daughters." Now, the show is taking viewers on a missions trip to Cabo, Mexico where preachers' daughters and granddaughters will help change the lives of the less fortunate while overcoming their own issues with anger, substance abuse, rebelling and dating while strengthening their relationships with God.
Aside from Megan Cassidy, 17, and her father Pastor Jeff Cassidy who serves as Associate Pastor of Worship at Lake Bowen Baptist Church in Boiling Springs, South Carolina, eight of the nine girls featured on show are newcomers to the Lifetime series. Adam Reed, the show's executive producer, spoke about the change of format to the show that went from focusing on four families to nine girls leaving their homes to pursue missionary work.
"When we were talking with the network we all felt the first two seasons of 'Preachers Daughters' were great, and in watching them we realized that we were kind of missing out on something special," Reed told The Christian Post. "We were seeing four preachers' daughters separated from each other but all going through the same and different things. But wouldn't it be interesting to see everybody together?" more >>