It will be a painful awakening for pastor Bryan Koch of Glad Tidings Church in Spring Township, Pennsylvania, in more ways than one when he emerges from the sedated state he has been in since a deadly motorcycle accident that took the life of his wife, Lynn, and severed one of his legs Sunday.
While his family and congregants already know that his wife is gone, the beloved pastor, who's a former catcher and first baseman with the Chicago White Sox, has not yet been told that Lynn is dead.
"We don't believe so," said Glad Tidings' director of communication Karen Troutman, when asked Tuesday evening if Koch knows that his wife is dead. more >>
Two Sudanese pastors who are potentially facing the death penalty after being arrested and imprisoned on trumped-up charges of alleged conspiracy and espionage, were removed from a low-security military prison and transferred to a more dangerous facility where they've been denied access to visitors, the pastors lawyers have said.
Revs. Peter Yen Reith and Yat Michael, who've been detained since the winter and charged with violating seven laws including spying, undermining the government and insulting religion, were transferred from the Omdurman Prison for Men outside of Khartoum — where they were allowed to see their families and lawyers — to Kober Prison in North Khartoum, a high-security detention center.
According to an advocacy group closely following the case, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, no one — not even their wives or lawyers — has been allowed to visit with the pastors since their transfer to Kober. more >>
Pastor Robert Jeffress has hit back against HBO host Bill Maher's claims that Christians are not being marginalized in the U.S., by pointing out that Nazi Germany also did not send Jewish people to the crematoriums right away during World War II.
"I want to remind people that the Nazis weren't able to take the Jews to the crematoriums immediately. The German people wouldn't have allowed for it. Instead, the Nazis had to change public opinion. They marginalized the Jewish people, disparaged them, and made them objects of contempt," Jeffress said in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night.
Jeffress added that Christians are being targeted in cases where they're losing their businesses because of their belief in traditional marriage, or being punished for publicly expressing their faith — such as the court-martialing of a Marine in May for refusing to remove Bible verses from her desk at work. more >>
A number of prominent pastors and lay leaders have signed a petition pledging civil disobedience if a U.S. Supreme Court decision redefining marriage to include same-sex couples infringes upon their religious freedom.
"Experience and history have shown us that if the government redefines marriage to grant a legal equivalency to same-sex couples, that same government will then enforce such an action with the police power of the State. This will bring about an inevitable collision with religious freedom and conscience rights. The precedent established will leave no room for any limitation on what can constitute such a redefined notion of marriage or human sexuality. We cannot and will not allow this to occur on our watch. Religious freedom is the first freedom in the American experiment for good reason," the pledge states, in part.
A congregation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi is being threatened by Muslim criminals who want to seize the church's land. The menacing group is trying to intimidate the Christian community by saying that they'll accuse them of the highly punishable offense of blasphemy if they don't vacate their church property and stop worshiping there.
Members of the Jerusalem Church, a Pentecostal, 300-family congregation in Karachi, have informed International Christian Concern that they've been receiving deadly threats from a group of armed Muslim miscreants, who are known for seizing property from the poor and various targeted killings.
Church members said they were approached in May by the group and were told to leave the church and never return. However, the interaction in May was not the only time that church members were confronted by the group, according to one of the church's pastors, Ilyas Masih. more >>
Update: June 9, 2015, 6 PM: The McKinney Police Department announced late Tuesday that officer Eric Casebolt, who joined the department in 2005, has resigened from his position.
Church leaders in McKinney, Texas, called for prayer in the community on Monday during a meeting with Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Police Chief Greg Conley in the wake of racial unrest stemming from a recent incident involving a local police officer who wrestled a teenage girl to the ground at a graduation pool party.
Nearly 100 pastors met with Loughmiller and Conley for a prayer rally at OneCommunity Church to discuss restoring peace in the community following a clash between a police officer and teenagers after they were called to aid parents and two security guards at the party where some teens were allegedly jumping over security gates at the admission-restricted neighborhood pool on Friday. more >>