City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee should serve between 11 to 12 years in prison for funneling more than $35.5 million in church donations for his popstar wife's career, the prosecution in the case has said days before sentencing.
Kong, the founder and leader of one of the largest megachurches in Singapore, was found guilty back in October along with five other CHC members of using management company Xtron as a conduit to financially supporting his wife, singer and fellow CHC pastor Sun Ho and her planned U.S. album release.
The Straits Times reported earlier this week that the public prosecutor has asked that 51-year-old Kong, along with deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng, 43; former CHC finance manager Serina Wee, 38; and former CHC fund manager Chew Eng Han, 55, all be handed a prison sentence between 11 to 12 years. more >>
Police in Indianapolis have released two still photos of a suspect they believe is responsible for the murder of a pregnant 28-year-old pastor's wife last Tuesday.
Amanda Blackburn, the beloved wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church in Indianapolis was shot in the head during a home invasion on Nov. 10. She succumbed to her injuries the following day along with her 13-week-old unborn daughter, Everette "Evie" Grace Blackburn.
Investigators told NBC Chicago that the still images are from home video surveillance cameras. The photos show the suspect in a hoodie and police Capt. Craig Converse said at a news conference Friday that the suspect is black and is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 inches tall. more >>
Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress has responded to the terror attacks in Paris last week by blaming the Islamic religion, claiming it is inspired by Satan and directly responsible for the actions of terrorists.
"Islam is a false religion, and it is inspired by Satan himself," Jeffress said at First Baptist Dallas in his Sunday sermon.
"This weekend we saw the fruit of Satan's destruction in the acts of these terrorists," he added. more >>
A Synod of Presbyterian Church (USA) has canceled the debt of a predominantly African-American congregation based in New Jersey that has existed since the nineteenth century.
As part of Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church's 175th anniversary celebration on Sunday, the Synod of the Northeast cleared the $175,000 debt the congregation owed on their facilities.
The Rev. Dr. Harold Delhagen, leader of the Synod, explained to The Christian Post that the debt cancellation for the historic Princeton church was part of the PCUSA body's commitment to acting upon their beliefs in racial equality. more >>
For decades the United Methodist Church has debated its position on homosexuality, in arguments that have sometimes hinted at schism for the Mainline Protestant Denomination.
Every four years the global Church meets for General Conference, where issues including the UMC's stated opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage are debated.
Most notably, the UMC's Book of Discipline has declared since 1972 that homosexuality is "incompatible with Christian teaching" and it is this language many have demanded be removed. more >>
Amanda Blackburn, the 28-year-old pregnant wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church who was murdered inside the couple's home in Indianapolis last Tuesday, was expecting a girl.
Resonate Church made the revelation on a memorial page on its website this weekend noting that Amanda's unborn daughter was named Everette "Evie" Grace.
Reports from WKRN and the Indy Star said more than 2,000 people, including Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, turned up at Traders Point Church to celebrate Amanda's life at her funeral. People reportedly sang, prayed and listened to stories reminiscing her life while encouraging her surviving family members. more >>