Saturday, February 4, 2012

FCC say no to Graphic Super Bowl Ad

The FCC says a Chicago TV station does not have to run a graphic anti-abortion ad during the Super Bowl. Christian activist Randall Terry wanted to buy the ads as part of his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President. Broadcast stations are not allowed to censure political ads once they accept ads for a particular race. But WMAQ-TV refused, so Terry appealed to the FCC. The Commission supported the station's decision, basing its ruling on Terry's failure to show that he is a bona fide candidate who is running a substantial campaign, necessary requirements in order for him to be considered a legitimate candidate entitled to the broadcast time. Terry is not on the ballot in Illinois. The Commission also said that Terry had no right to demand when his ads would run.

Woman reads Bible to attacker

A North Carolina mother stopped an attacker by ready the Bible to him for an hour. The man slashed the throat of Lindsay Wood right after she returned home from church Wednesday night. He eventually apologized and fled the scene. Wood was hospitalized with wounds requiring several dozen stitches. The man is still on the run. There is a video report from WSOC-TV here.

Baptists Poised to Make History

Southern Baptists could soon have its first Black leader. Fred (Chip) Luther says he will seek to become president of the denomination. Baptist leaders says the New Orleans pastor is the easy favorite. Church representatives will meet in his city during June to make a decision, when Georgia's Bryant Wright finished his second one-year term. Luther already made history by becoming the convention's first African-American vice president. At the moment, Luther has no other competition for the post.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Eddie Long 'Crowned King'

Jewish leaders and Messianic Jewish groups say they are outraged over an incident at Eddie Long's Atlanta megachurch this past Sunday. A Messianic preacher had two men wrap Bishop Eddie Long in a large scroll of the Torra and called a "king." Long has been in the middle of a sex scandal. There are accusations that he sexually abused several teenagers at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church over a period of years. See the video below.

Osteen's Church Sued

A man who volunteered at Joel Osteen's Houston is suing the megachurch because of molestation accusations. Daniel Guzman claims Lakewood Church was negligence when another volunteer accused him of inappropriately touching an autistic child in 2010. Because the child cannot speak the police investigation was inconclusive. However, Guzman was arrested a year later, but he was never indicted for lack of evidence. In his lawsuit, Guzman claims the church "abandoned" him - while failing to gather video evidence and training of church personnel to deal with the issue. His attorney says Guzman left the state over the allegations.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Obama: What Would Jesus Tax?

President Barack Obama spoke today at the National Prayer Breakfast, saying Jesus’s teachings have shaped his beliefs about taxes. He told the audience that the rich should pay more not only because “I actually think that is going to make economic sense, but for me as a Christian, it also coincides with Jesus’ teaching that ‘for unto whom much is given, much shall be required." Here's the video of the event at the Washington Hilton.

Tebow Turns Down Parsley

Tim Tebow won't be speaking at a Rod Parsley revival in Ohio as originally planned. After researching some of Parsley's controversial views, particularly his prosperity teaching, the Denver Broncos quarterback declined the invite. Robbie Tebow, Tim's brother, says their speakers' bureau didn't check out the event enough before agreeing to appear. Televangelist Kenneth Copeland is also slated to speak.

Missionary Couple Murdered

A missionary couple killed near Monterrey, Mexico will be buried near Dallas today. John and Wanda Casias were found strangled in their home Tuesday during an armed home invasion. They had labored on the mission field for nearly 30 years. John Casias was 76 and and Wanda Casias was 67.Funeral services are being planned Lewisville's Liberty Baptist Church. Read more about their work here.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Charges in Murder of Pregnant Woman

For the first time, a North Carolina man faces murder charges in the death of an unborn child under a new law that went into affect this year. Mark Anthony Cox is accused of robbing the Flying Biscuit restaurant and killing the manager, Danielle Watson, who was pregnant. Here's two video reports from WCNC-TV in Charlotte.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Megachurch for Sale

The Fellowship at Two Rivers is selling its sanctuary. The former Two Rivers Baptist Church near the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville is a meagchurch that once needed its 3000 facility. But now, after the church split over a legal controversy involving a former pastor, there's less than 1000 people coming each week. a

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Kim Kardashian gets Spritual

Kim Kardashian says she wants to start a Bible study. Before going to church this weekend in Los Angeles, the TV reality star told her 12 million Twitter followers "On my way to church with the girls!" and later she tweeted, "I want to start a bible study group with my friends!" Kardashian told CNN's Piers Morgan that she gives 10% of whatever she makes to the LifeChange Community Church. Her mother started the Calabasas, California congregation last year. The pastor, Brad Johnson, officiated at the marriage of Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom. There have been rumors that Kim Kardashian has a crush on Tim Tebow but the Denver quarterback has turned aside her overtures.