Some elderly victims and their relatives lashed out at Passion for Truth Ministries Pastor Jim Stanley, 40, in a St. Louis, Missouri, court Wednesday, calling him words like "sick, manipulative and deceitful" as he was sentenced to seven years in federal prison and pay $3.3 million in restitution to the investors he defrauded in an investment scam.
Staley pleaded guilty in April to four counts of fraud and confessed that he cheated others in the investment scam from which he made $570,000, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The pastor's elderly victims, some of whom were slipping into dementia when he preyed on them, said they trusted him because he professed his Christian faith and family values, only to discover that he's a "disgusting and sickening criminal." more >>
A Nigerian Catholic priest who served at two Louisiana parishes for 11 years before returning to his home country was shot and killed by unknown assailants in an apparent road ambush in Southern Nigeria last weekend.
The Rev. Dennis Osuagwu, who was serving in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Owerri in Nigeria's Imo state and worked at the General House of the Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was traveling in the town of Nekede last Saturday when he was ambushed and shot dead at point blank range.
The Nigerian news agency Pulse.ng reports that the bullet that killed the 57 year old, who was also on staff at Imo Polytechnic School, entered through the right side of his body and exited from the left side of his face. more >>
The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers.
Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. more >>
New surveys conducted by LifeWay Research have found that the majority of Americans do not believe that divorce is a sin, while the majority of Protestant pastors also believe that divorce is morally acceptable, under certain circumstances, except in scenarios when the couple has fallen out of love.
LifeWay recently conducted two surveys where they asked 1,000 lay Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors whether they think divorce is a sin under certain circumstances.
Respondents were asked to clarify if they thought divorce was a sin in cases where the couple has fallen out of love, a spouse cheated on the other, physical abuse was apparent in the relationship, one spouse was addicted to pornography and when one spouse has abandoned the other. more >>
Tullian Tchividjian, former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale and a grandson of famed evangelist the Rev. Billy Graham, has been deposed of his clergy credentials by the South Florida Presbytery.
"While Pastor Tullian Tchividjian was deposed of his pastoral credentials, the South Florida Presbytery is committed to continuing to offer him pastoral care," the presbytery stated, following a regular meeting of the regional body's leadership last week.
"Our goal in doing this is to both protect the integrity of the Church from which his credentials were given while, at the same time, wrapping Tullian in the grace offered by Jesus Christ to all those who confess sin, pursue repentance and desire restoration." more >>
Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and son of the Rev. Bill Graham, will be speaking at the "Good News Festival," a multi-day revival, held in Oklahoma City this weekend.
Danny Little, festival director for the BGEA, told The Christian Post that the evangelical organization has held similar events in Oklahoma City in 1956, 1983, and 2003.
"These were crusades held by Franklin's father, Billy Graham. Franklin has held festivals in Enid, Shawnee and Bartlesville. This is his first invitation to Oklahoma City," said Little. more >>