The American Center for Law and Justice has warned that pastor Saeed Abedini and three other Americans imprisoned in Iran seem likely to be forgotten by President Barack Obama's administration in the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.
Beside Abedini, the law group has identified Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson as three other U.S. citizens being held in Iranian prisons.
ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow wrote for Fox News on Wednesday that forgetting these Americans in the negotiations would be "outrageous," but the signs are showing that it might very well become a reality. more >>
The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, founder of Crystal Cathedral and "Hour of Power," is being laid to rest on Monday at a public memorial held outside the glass-walled megachurch in Garden Grove, California.
The Associated Press reported that a private burial will follow the public memorial service, held at the campus of what was formerly the Crystal Cathedral but is now owned by the county's Roman Catholic diocese.
Pastor Andy Stanley has declared that local congregations should be the "safest place on the planet for students to talk about anything, including same-sex attraction."
At a two-day event centered on cultivating good church leadership held in Southern California, the founder of North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, Georgia, spoke Friday about the things he hoped will change about the modern church.
"We just need to decide from now on in our churches when a Middle School kid comes out to his small group leader or a high school young lady comes out to her parents," said Stanley. "We just need to decide, regardless of what you think about this topic — no more students are going to feel like they have to leave the local church because they're same-sex attracted or because they're gay. That ends with us." more >>
South Carolina's highest court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by The Episcopal Church against a breakaway diocese regarding several church properties in the state.
The South Carolina Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal, issuing an order Wednesday regarding the matter and scheduling arguments for September.
At stake are the approximately $500 million worth of church properties of the Diocese of South Carolina, whose leadership voted to leave The Episcopal Church back in November of 2012. more >>
City Harvest Church deputy senior pastor Tan Ye Peng has been accused by the prosecution of lying and committing deception in the long-standing case concerning $19.2 million of misused church funds, in which Tan, pastor Kong Hee, and four other members could be sentenced to up to 20 years if convicted.
Deputy Public Prosecutor Mavis Chionh accused Tan on Wednesday of having been "engaged in a series of lies and deceptions over the years to conceal the unauthorized misuse of the church's building fund," according to The Straits Times.
Tan has denied all wrong doing, and has claimed that the Singapore megachurch's congregation does not feel deceived in the ongoing case. more >>
A new church attack has been reported in Agra, India, where vandals damaged four statues of Mother Mary, wrapped a dog chain around one of them, and removed the head of a baby Jesus statue.
"The intruders intended to hurt our religious sentiments as they placed the head of child Jesus Christ in the hand of Mother Mary and attached a dog chain to the neck," said Father Moon Lazarus, the head St. Mary Church, located in the Pratabpura area in the city of the Taj Mahal.
The attack is said to have occurred early in the morning around 3:30 a.m., according to Hindustan Times, with the window panes of the priest's car inside the church premises also being broken. more >>