A self-described "militant atheist" has severely attacked and physically beaten a pastor following his sermon at an Ohio church Sunday after the pastor attempted to give the man and his girlfriend relationship advice. The suspect has since been arrested and charged with an assault felony and a misdemeanor charge for resisting arrest. However, despite the frightening attack the pastor has said he believes there is still hope for his attacker.
Police say 28-year-old James Maxie was confrontational and interruptive while attending the service held by the Rev. Norman Hayes at Bridge Community Church in North Hampton Sunday morning. After the service, Hayes reportedly asked Maxie's girlfriend if she felt safe in her partner's company. This question infuriated Maxie so intensely that he began beating the pastor, ultimately breaking his nose in two places and leaving massive three to six inch cuts over his eyes and behind his ear. Maxie then fled the church to a nearby corn field, but was later apprehended by police while hiding behind a house.
Hayes told the Dayton Daily News following the incident that he feared for his life during the intense beating and was happy it stopped when it did, as he honestly felt he could have died had he been beaten more. Still, in spite of the intense violence Hayes encountered, the pastor told the local news outlet he hopes Maxie finds peace in the future. more >>
A pastor in Indiana is being heralded as a hero after saving the day by preventing a crime at a local discount store by pulling out his licensed handgun to stop an attempted robbery suspect.
Pastor Carl Sanders was walking into the Dollar General Store in Evansville, Ind. on Friday night to purchase a Gatorade when he was approached by a 25-year-old suspect, who appeared to be robbing a cashier. Minutes before Sanders' entrance, the suspect, Jermaine Dewayne Marshall, had ordered the cashier to open the cash register, and when the employee had refused, Marshall had struck him repeatedly in the face.
Marshall had wrapped a bandana around his face and was carrying an unknown object in his hand covered by a plastic bag that he was claiming to be a firearm. more >>
A Protestant Christian pastor and two laymen have been accused and charged with blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan, allegedly for writing derogatory remarks about Islam.
"The complaint was filed by the Muslim Abid Mehmood accusing the three of having written and pronounced derogatory remarks about Islam talking about the text 'Why have we become Muslims,' written by Maulana Ameer Hamza one of the most important leaders of the Pakistani extremist organization 'Jamaat -ud- Dawah,'" Fides News Agency wrote in a report on Thursday.
The pastor, identified as Adnan Masih by Catholic World News, has been charged along with Irfan Masih, his brother, and Mushtaq Masih, the owner of the bookstore in which the alleged blasphemy took place. more >>
Famed evangelical preacher Billy Graham will be celebrating his 95th birthday in North Carolina next month, and his family has invited several well-known politicians and public figures to attend the celebration, including former President Bill Clinton, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and business magnate Donald Trump.
Graham's son Franklin told reporters this week that around 600 to 700 people have been invited to attend the Nov. 7 birthday bash in Asheville, North Carolina, near the town of Montreat, where the Grahams have their home.
The Grahams have previous ties to Palin, Clinton and Trump. In 2009, Palin traveled to Billy Graham's home in North Carolina to have dinner with the famed pastor. After the meeting, Graham released a statement saying it was an honor to meet the politician, adding that he was "impressed with her strong commitment to her faith, to family and love of country." more >>
The longer Iranian authorities keep Pastor Saeed Abedini in prison, the more people will be exposed to the Gospel, argued his wife Naghmeh Abedini before Franklin Graham's Samaritan's Purse ministries last week.
"They (The Iranian authorities) don't realize that the longer they keep him, the more people are hearing about the Gospel," Abedini said while addressing an audience at Samaritan's Purse headquarters in Boone, N.C.
The religious freedom activist has been campaigning in the past year on behalf of her husband, who was sentenced to eight years in prison in Tehran earlier this year. His punishment is tied to his Christian faith, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, which represents Naghmeh and her two children in America. more >>
A Baptist pastor in Dansville, Kentucky has been arrested in connection to three homicides that took place at a pawn shop earlier in September.
Danville police officials announced at a press conference this week that they had arrested Kenneth A. Keith, a 48-year-old Baptist pastor at Main Street Baptist Church in Burnside, for his alleged connection to the murders that took place on Sept. 20 at the ABC Gold Games and More store. Keith was charged with three counts of murder and one count of first-degree robbery and transferred from Pulaski County Jail to Boyle County Jail early Thursday, police said.
On Sept. 20, police received a 911 call from a 9-year-old boy, who said there had been a robbery and shooting at his parents' ABC Gold Games and More store. Police arrived at the store on South Fourth Street in Danville to find the owners, Michael and Angela Hockensmith, along with a third victim, Daniel Smith, shot to death.The shooter had left the store by opening its garage door and fleeing through a small alley, past other small businesses and a dry cleaner. more >>