Megachurch pastor Bishop T.D. Jakes has said his new TV show, which debuts on Monday, is not specifically faith-based, but will instead be open to people whatever their belief system or background.
"It is not a faith-based show," Jakes told 11Alive. "I have a vehicle through which I can express that. But I cannot deny that when I sit down at the table, all of my faith sits down with me. All of my fatherhood sits down with me. All of my ethnicity sits down with me. I can only give what I am."
The Potter's House church pastor added: "What I want the 'T.D. Jakes Show' to be is that, wherever you are, whatever your belief systems, whatever your background is, there's a place for you." more >>
Vitaly Korchevsky, a 50-year-old pastor from Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, was among nine people charged in two indictments Tuesday for allegedly being involved in an international hacking and securities fraud scheme that used unpublished financial information on hundreds of publicly traded companies, stolen from the servers of three business newswires, to make trades that yielded some $30 million in illegal profits.
The indictments were unsealed in Brooklyn, New York, and Newark federal court and according to a release from the FBI, the scheme is the largest of its kind ever prosecuted.
"The defendants were a well-organized group that allegedly robbed the newswire companies and their clients and cheated the securities markets and the investing public by engaging in an unprecedented hacking and trading scheme," said U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman of the District of New Jersey. "The defendants launched a series of sophisticated and relentless cyber-attacks against three major newswire companies, stole highly confidential information and used to enrich themselves at the expense of public companies and their shareholders." more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who were released from prison last week after facing the death penality on trumped-up charges are now being barred from leaving the Muslim country.
Pastors Yat Michael and Peter Yein Reith were planning to leave Sudan last week, however authorities met them at the airport and told them they were not allowed to leave the nation.
"[The pastors] were preparing to board a plane Aug. 6 with their families when Khartoum International Airport authorities stopped them, according to one of the men's attorneys," reported Morning Star News. more >>
A Florida pastor and his congregation are now wrapped in heartache after his three daughters were killed in a car crash that left five people dead and a young boy fighting for his life as they returned home from a church convention Sunday.
"It hurts my heart today to see that I have lost three of my daughters at one time," said the Rev. Ricardo Welch of Prayer Tower Church of God in Christ in south St. Petersburg, in an interview with The St. Petersburg Tribune on Monday after learning of his daughters' deaths. "But even in all of this tragedy I still trust that God is God and his strength is what holds me up."
According to a WTSP report, at about 7 p.m. Sunday, Jennifer Zuniga, 30, of Venus, Florida, lost control of her pickup, hydroplaned, crossed the center line on State Road 70 and struck a vehicle head-on that was carrying the pastor's three daughters: Tehira, 18, India, 24, and La'Mour Welch, 29. Also traveling with them was musician Antwayne Robinson, 25, of North Carolina. They all died along with Zuniga. more >>
Bishop T.D. Jakes has clarified that his method of ministering to gay people who choose to attend The Potter's House church was "evolving" and said he does not endorse same-sex marriage, after a recent HuffPost Live interview led some viewers to believe he had "shifted" in his biblical convictions regarding human sexuality and marriage.
Christians and Americans in general remain divided in their opinions on the morality of homosexuality and the legality of same-sex marriage, and the Supreme Court's ruling in June effectively affirming same-sex marriage as a constintutional right has not bridged the divide.
"Currently, 54 percent of Americans say they favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally, with 39 percent opposed. In May, 57 percent favored legalizing same-sex marriage, while 39 percent opposed," the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank, reported on July 29. more >>
Believe it or not, Planned Parenthood has a Clergy Advocacy Board. And these clergy claim Planned Parenthood employees are "doing God's work."
The Board released a statement (which has since been taken off of Planned Parenthood's website) in response to what they describe is a Center for Medical Progress "smear campaign."
The video recordings expose Planned Parenthood employees discussing their enthusiastic efforts to illegally sell aborted baby parts. Some include whole baby bodies from partial birth abortions. One purchaser is Stem Express, "a multi-million dollar company that supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other clinical specimens to biomedical researchers." more >>