Friday, October 8, 2010

Bible College Murder

A North Carolina man is behind bars in connection with the shooting death of a Bible college student. Christopher Amyx faces murder charges in the death of Jonathan Schipper at Mid-Atlantic Christian University in Elizabeth City. Amyz not only attended the school, he served as a part-time police officer. He says it was a case of self-defense.

Religious License Plate Ruling

A Vermont law banning religious expression on license plates has been overturned. A federal appeals court overruled a judge who had upheld the law which prohibited any combination of letters or numbers that referred to a religion or deity. The issue went to court after Vermont officials refused to allow Shawn Byrne to put John 3:16 on his tag.

Pastor Vies for Mayor

A megachurch pastor is running for mayor Chicago. James Meeks not only serves as pastor of Salem Baptist Church, but he is a state senator as well. He has told his congregation he has no plans to leave the church if he is elected.

Albertina Walker Dies

Gospel singer Albertina Walker died today in Chicago. She was 81 years old and had been battling emphysema. Here's a video of her singing.

Yoga a Threat to Christianity?

A leader in the Southern Baptist Convention is telling Christians to avoid yoga. Southern Baptist Seminary President Albert Mohler says it comes out of Eastern religions and Christians should avoid it. Mohler says messages have been coming in at a rate of about 100 an hour since his September article titled Should Christians Practice Yoga began receiving attention from the national news media.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Pastor Dies in Church Van Accident

A Georgia pastor and three others died in a church van accident yesterday. The van flipped over when a tire blew out near the south Georgia town of Blakely, ejecting 19 people. R.D. Williams, pastor of the Tabernacle of Prayer and Deliverance in Columbus, was among the four killed. The group was traveling to a Florida revival.

Shooting at Christian School

A student was killed yesterday at a small North Carolina Christian university. Jonathan Schipper was fatally shot in a dorm room at Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Police say the suspected shooter later surrendered. The Elizabeth City school was formerly known as Roanoke Bible College.

Religion at the High Court

The Supreme Court begins a new term today and on the docket are two high profile cases involving religious issues. The justices will look at an Arizona program that directs state money to religious schools through an income tax credit scholarship program. The high court will also consider anti-gay protests by a church group at military funerals. The court must decide whether the public rants against homosexuality by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas are protected by the First Amendment.