Wife Of Megachurch Pastor Commits Suicide
Mental illness effects people everywhere, including Christians. In a sermon message preached to the congregation this past Sunday, North Coast Church Pastor Larry Osborne told congregants about the death of 28-year-old Paige Hilken, the wife of one of North Coast’s teaching pastors, Christopher Hilken. Osborne revealed that Hilken had taken her life after suffering from mental health troubles. She leaves behind her husband and five kids under the age of 6. Nearly $500,000 has been raised for the devastated family. Read more about the tragedy here.
American Pastor Arrested In London For Preaching against Homosexuality
Ryan Schiavo, who leads Last Days Pulpit Ministry, was arrested in London on July 22 for preaching that homosexuality is a sin. “I was preaching the Gospel on the streets as I frequently do, but it was about a 30-minute message, and in the course of a long message, I can touch on many topics that I believe are pertinent,” Schiavo said. In response to his remarks, a young woman believed to be a lesbian called the cops on the American evangelist. In response to his arrest Schiavo replied, “It is an honor to suffer for Jesus Christ.” Read more about the arrest here.
Hillsong Church Founder Charged With Hiding Father’s Child Sexual Abuse
Hillsong founder Brian Houston says he is “obviously devastated” by the charges of concealing child sex offences laid against him. Houston is accused of knowing about the sexual abuse of a young man in the 1970s by Houston’s father, but failing to tell police. He has denied the charges saying they, “have come as a shock to me given how transparent I’ve always been about this matter. I vehemently profess my innocence and will defend these charges, and I welcome the opportunity to set the record straight.” Read more about the charges here.
94 Year Old Grandmother Fulfills Dream of Wearing Wedding Dress
Martha Tucker, 94, was not allowed in a bridal shop when she got married in 1952 due to segregation. Now, thanks to her family, she got to experience trying on and choosing the perfect dress seven decades later. Her grandchildren and other family members made her an appointment at their local David’s Bridal store and Tucker was able to say yes to the dress and pick out the perfect wedding gown. “When I went into the bridal shop, that dress had my name on it,” she recalled. “Oh, it was so beautiful…I was in heaven.” Read more about this dream come true here.