The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and other evangelical human rights groups started asking Donald Trump shortly after he was elected to approach Turkey to ask President Erdogan to release American pastor Andrew Brunson. In the months following an attempted coup against Erdogan, Brunson--who was in Turkey strictly to carry out Christian missionary… Continue reading President Trump, Vice President Pence urge release of US pastor jailed in Turkey
Megachurch pastor Kong Hee of Singapore and his five cohorts who were found guilty in 2015 of conspiring to misappropriate (steal) $50 million from City Harvest Church have had their sentences reduced. A three-judge appellate court panel handed down the reduced sentences on Friday, April 7, approximately 7 months after the defendants presented arguments in September… Continue reading Prosperity pastor Kong Hee & partners in crime get reduced sentences
Televangelist Ernest Angley, 95, has been ordered by a federal court in Ohio to pay back wages to employees of his Cathedral Buffet. U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson finally handed down a $388,000 judgment against Angley for damages & unpaid wages on Wednesday, March 29 months after a trial that took place in October and… Continue reading Prosperity televangelist Ernest Angley ordered to pay wages swindled from workers
In September 2016, Charles Chiriseri and his wife, Petunia, were on their way to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, when they were in a horrific accident that took his life and severely injured his wife. Mr. Chiriseri was a well-known "apostle." While his body lay at the crash scene with people and first responders gathered around, the unthinkable… Continue reading Thieves die after stealing from dead church leader: curse or coincidence?
Dr. Eric Walsh, the physician hired by the state of Georgia as a director for its Department of Public Health but then fired over his Christian views, has reached a $225,000 settlement with the state. He filed a lawsuit after his dismissal and during the process of that lawsuit, the state asked for all copies of every… Continue reading State of Georgia reaches settlement with doctor fired for his sermons
Author & minister Diane Hoffmann says she has noticed something about a lot of churches. A large number of church leaders avoid discussing the end times with churchgoers or the unchurched despite the fact many have questions about it. Among the reasons given for avoidance of the topic are: Church leaders believe the Bible should… Continue reading Are the end times a scary topic for church leaders?
A well-known charismatic pastor in Australia, Danny Nalliah, who is originally from Sri Lanka, has had his church's charitable status revoked in light of his outspoken political dealings in the last several years. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission took issue with Catch the Fire Ministries when Nalliah asked his congregants to make political donations… Continue reading Australian church is stripped of its charitable status over its politics
Gretta Vosper, the minister of West Hill United Church in Toronto who made headlines for coming out as atheist, is planning to start a congregation for atheists in February 2017. Her decision comes months after a committee with the United Church of Canada deemed her unfit to serve as minister of their "Christian" church. But the… Continue reading Atheist minister of Toronto “Christian” church to start nonbeliever congregation
The American Culture & Faith Institute, led by Christian pollster George Barna, did a recent study of conservative Christian congregations about the outcome of the 2016 elections and discovered that pastors believe that they had the most influence on how congregants voted. However, that wasn't actually true. The pastors were down the list of influence… Continue reading Pastors overestimate their influence in 2016 election results, says study
Opus Dei, the Roman Catholic secret society that publicly touts itself as a Catholic service organization, may be about to undergo some changes as Pope Francis I today expressed his condolences to its members over the death yesterday of 84-yr-old Bishop Javier Echevarria who led them. Echevarria headed the organization for approximately 20 years. Much has… Continue reading A new day for Opus Dei?