The mother of pastor Saeed Abedini has fled to the United States to escape the daily threats and intimidation she faced in Iran while campaigning for the release of her son, an American citizen who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his Christian faith.
"Facing threats in Iran, Saeed's mom is now safely out of the country," Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, told FoxNews.com. "We look forward to seeing her soon here in the United States. It has been a difficult time for all of us — including Saeed's mom."
"She did not want to leave Iran. She did not want to say goodbye to her son." more >>
Pastor Don Smith, 57, of Prospect Park Baptist Church in the Whitehaven area of Memphis, Tennessee, was found dead near a pond in the 3400 block of Lichterman Street Saturday morning. The Shelby County Medical Examiner's office said he was killed from a gunshot wound.
Smith's family told local news outlet WREG they have no idea who would have done such a thing, and described him as a good pastor and husband.
His body was initially discovered by two men walking their dogs who waved police over. Paramedics were dispatched to the scene but Smith was already dead, according to reports. more >>
Should we make an example of Houston Mayor Annise Parker? Absolutely.
I was born in Waco, Texas, and lived in Houston, so I've got a dog in this hunt. Really, we all do.
Parker has disqualified herself from the privilege of serving the people of south Texas. She must either resign, effective immediately, or Houstonians should begin, without delay, the process of recalling her from office. Strike while the iron's hot, I say, and right now it's glowing cultural Marxist red. more >>
Houston Mayor Annise Parker's original demand that five Houston pastors turn over their sermons and communications under the threat of fines and/or incarceration created a First Amendment firestorm. She's now withdrawn her demand. However, given the history of Parker's tenure as mayor, it's clear this was never about sermons or speeches -- or even about biblical teaching on human sexuality -- it was about political intimidation.
Many Houston area churches were stirred from their slumber as Parker began to push an agenda that she herself admitted was "personal." This personal "to-do" list included a special rights ordinance, which not only made public bathroom selection a matter of multiple choice, it set religious freedom and sexual expression on a collision course.
The citizens responded to the leading voices of Houston's biblically orthodox churches and within a 30-day period over 55,000 citizens, well over the 17,296 needed, signed petitions to place the Mayor's ordnance on the ballot for repeal. The response was overwhelming from a public that had been relatively lethargic toward the openly lesbian mayor who was ushered into the city's top job when only 16 percent of voters turned out to vote. more >>
The Seattle-based megachurch Mars Hill, once led by pastor Mark Driscoll, has begun the process of dissolving, and its 13 regional congregations have been asked to either go independent, merge with another church, or disband entirely, announced Dave Bruskas, the church's teaching pastor while in transition, at noon on Friday.
Although Driscoll was not mentioned in the "Local Mission, Local Churches" blogpost on the church's website released as a letter to Mars Hill by Bruskas, the normally outspoken pastor resigned on Oct. 14 from the multi-city megachurch he and his wife helped found 18 years ago after a series of calls were made for him to step down from ministry due to his admitted "divisive" leadership style.
In the letter, Bruskas writes that the elders recognize that the "reorganization plan is a significant and complex undertaking on many fronts; however, our goal is to have the process completed by January 1, 2015." more >>
An Augustinian monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, centuries ago on the last day of October.
As the 500th anniversary of the historic occasion is still a few years away, various groups are already overseeing ways and providing resources to celebrate the milestone.
Tom Macy, senior pastor at Faith Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, told The Christian Post in an earlier interview that he viewed Reformation Day as a better alternative to Halloween. more >>