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Pastor Sprays Insecticide in Followers' Faces to 'Heal'

Government panel in South Africa investigating 'Prophet of Doom'

(Newser) - A South African pastor is under fire for his crazy-sounding manner of healing his flock: He sprays insecticide into their faces. Lethebo Rabalago, 24, of Mountzion General Assembly says spraying an insecticide called Doom on his followers can cure them of cancer, HIV, and other ailments. Known as the "... More »

Pastor Shot After Praying With Cruz; Suspect IDed

Motive is unclear in Idaho

(Newser) - The attempted murder of a pastor in Idaho after his Sunday sermon is drawing extra attention because the pastor had publicly prayed with Ted Cruz only the day before. But whether there's any connection remains iffy, reports the Spokesman Review . The pastor, Tim Remington of Coeur d'Alene, works... More »

Brother Arrested After Pastor Killed at Church

Gunfire erupted during a church service in Dayton, Ohio

(Newser) - A pastor in Dayton, Ohio, was shot dead Sunday and police say it was the man's younger brother who pulled the trigger. Officers responding to a 911 call arrested Daniel Schooler, 68, in connection with the slaying of 70-year-old William Schooler, WHIO reports. The shooting occurred toward the end... More »

Teen Charged With Killing Pastor's Wife

Indianapolis cops get break in high-profile case

(Newser) - Police in Indianapolis say they've solved the high-profile murder of a young pastor's wife. Officers arrested 18-year-old Larry Taylor early Monday and charged him with shooting 28-year-old Amanda Blackburn in the head, reports the Indianapolis Star . Two other suspects are being held as alleged accomplices, reports Fox59 . Police... More »

Alleged US Cult Leader Arrested in Brazil

Victor Arden Barnard accused of child sex abuse

(Newser) - An alleged cult leader on the US Marshals' "Most Wanted" list who reportedly had kept a group of girls as young as 12 at his disposal in Minnesota—and who has been accused by two of the girls (now adults) of sexual abuse—was arrested in Brazil on Friday,... More »

Deacons Sue Pastor Who Had Affairs, Keeping AIDS Secret

Juan McFarland refuses to leave church

(Newser) - Despite a vote to oust him, pastor Juan McFarland has refused to leave his church in Montgomery, Ala.; now, deacons are suing to fire him. McFarland admitted he'd had affairs with parishioners on church property—without telling them he has AIDS, the AP reports. At that point, "we... More »

Pastor Jailed Over Noisy Church Services

Neighbors complained in South Carolina

(Newser) - A pastor in Columbia, SC, is spending two weeks in jail because neighbors complained that his church services were too loud, reports WLTX . Johnnie Clark's Rehoboth United Assemblies Church has been around for 25 years, but recent downtown development has led to conflict with neighbors in newly built homes... More »

Church Sees 'Miracle' After Paramedics Revive Man

Pastor led prayer for man suffering cardiac arrest

(Newser) - A man who went into cardiac arrest in a church last Sunday had two forces on his side: paramedics, and the prayers of pastor and congregation. When the man regained a pulse, the latter claimed victory, The Blaze reports. "When they raised the IV I knew that was a... More »

Pastors: Feds Blocking Us From Immigration Camps

Meanwhile, Obama deflects criticism that he didn't visit the border

(Newser) - As the immigration crisis rages, pastors and faith groups are complaining that they're not being allowed to visit the children being held at border detention facilities. "It's pretty heartbreaking that they don't let anybody in there—even credentialed pastors," one pastor tells Todd Starnes at... More »

After Pastor Killed by Snake, Son Gets Bitten

'It wasn't bad at all,' says Cody Coots

(Newser) - Today in potentially lethal family businesses we have the case of Cody Coots, a 21-year-old Kentuckian and fourth-generation snake handler who is recovering from, well, a rattlesnake bite he suffered Monday—just three months after his father famously died of a snakebite . It seems Jamie Coots' death did little to... More »

Conn. Pastor Admits Affair, Drops Dead

Bishop Bobby Davis collapsed as parishioner shouted

(Newser) - A Connecticut pastor managed to get a long-ago infidelity off his chest before he died—but only just. Parishioners say Bishop Bobby Davis asked them to stay behind after a Sunday service at Bridgeport's Miracle Faith World Outreach church so he could confess something to them. After he came... More »

Cops: Pastor Burglarized a Parishioner Home ... Again

Rickey Alan Reed charged with stealing pain pills from 2nd home

(Newser) - A Tennessee pastor is in jail after he was allegedly caught burglarizing the home of one of his former parishioners ... for the second time. Rickey Alan Reed was already on probation for the first incident—he was caught on video breaking into the home of one of his church members... More »

Rick Warren: Son Shot Self With 'Unregistered Gun'

Serial number rubbed off: sheriff's rep

(Newser) - Rick Warren's son committed suicide using an unregistered gun, the pastor said in a tweet yesterday. "Someone on the Internet sold Matthew an unregistered gun. I pray he seeks God's forgiveness. I forgive him," the pastor tweeted . An Orange County sheriff's rep says the gun'... More »

Pastor Sorry After Tip Snub Costs Waitress Her Job

Applebee's fires server who posted receipt online

(Newser) - A St. Louis pastor tells the Smoking Gun she is "heartbroken" over the brouhaha that erupted online this week over a tip she refused to leave. It was a "lapse in my character and judgment," Alois Bell says of the incident that resulted in an Applebee's... More »

Anti-Gay Sermon Costs Pastor Role at Inauguration

Louie Giglio will no longer give benediction

(Newser) - The pastor who was supposed to deliver the benediction at President Obama's inauguration will no longer do so because of an anti-gay sermon he gave in the mid 1990s, reports NBC News . It was a long time ago, but it was also a doozy of a sermon by the... More »

Pastor Killed, Buried Fiancee's Daughter: Cops

John White charged in possible sex-crime murder

(Newser) - A pastor in central Michigan beat and strangled his fiancee's daughter before burying her in the woods—and then asked church members to pray for his victim, according to police and a friend. John White may have also sexually molested 24-year-old Rebekah Gay in her trailer, but he's... More »

Southern Baptists to Elect First Black President

Rev. Fred Luter leads largest church in Louisiana

(Newser) - When the Southern Baptist Convention originally broke away from the main Baptist church, it was over its support for slavery. So it'll be a pretty big deal when Rev. Fred Luter Jr. becomes its president next week. If delegates vote as expected, the charismatic New Orleans preacher will become... More »

Georgia Pastor: I Didn't Choke My Daughter

Creflo Dollar says he didn't deserve arrest

(Newser) - Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has taken to his pulpit to deny punching and choking his 15-year-old daughter, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism." "I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said... More »

Pro-Obama Clergy Wrestle With Stance on Gay Marriage

President contacted ministers just after announcement

(Newser) - In one breath, President Obama endorsed gay marriage last week. In the next, he turned directly to a contingent of supporters likely to be offended by that endorsement: Obama called up a number of ministers to explain his views and get feedback, the New York Times reports. On a conference... More »

Pastor: Boycott Starbucks Over Gay Marriage

Company is following Satan, says USA Christian Ministries chief

(Newser) - A pastor is calling on Christians to shun Starbucks because of its support of gay marriage in Washington state , reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer . "Starbucks is no longer fashionable," says USA Christian Ministries head Steven Andrew in a statement. He makes the case that the chain would lose 80%... More »

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