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For This Megachurch,
a 'Swift and Stunning Decline'
Mar 30, 2022 1:17 PM CDT
For This Megachurch, a 'Swift and Stunning Decline'
In just a few weeks, more than half of Hillsong's US churches shutter
- Just two weeks ago, Hillsong Church—the popular Sydney-based megachurch that has counted Justin Bieber, Bono, actor Chris Pratt, and the NBA's Kevin Durant among its devotees —had 16 campuses spread across the US from coast to coast. Now, in a plotline that seems lifted from
Feb 15, 2022 12:27 PM CST
Priest Resigns After 20-Year-Long Semantics Error
Rev. Andres Arango of Phoenix used the word 'we' instead of 'I' in baptisms, rendering all invalid
- If you or any of your children have been baptized in San Diego, Arizona, or Brazil over the past two decades, you might want to check who the presiding pastor was at that purification ceremony. That's because the Rev. Andres Arango, a priest in the Diocese of Phoenix, has...
Police: Pastor, Wife Locked
8 Disabled People in Basement
Jan 23, 2022 4:25 PM CST
Police: Pastor, Wife Locked 8 Disabled People in Basement
Other pastors speak up for suspect who says he was operating a ministry
- Curtis Keith Bankston and Sophia Simm-Bankston say they were operating a ministry to help people in need in their rented Georgia house. Griffith police say they found eight people locked in the basement, "essentially imprisoned against their will," NBC News reports. All of them are mentally or physically...
in case you missed it
Jan 22, 2022 1:20 PM CST
Pastor Warns Things 'Might Get Nasty.' They Did
Michael Todd of Tulsa's Transformation Church under fire for rubbing spit on man during sermon
- "One touch from God can bring clear vision" reads the caption accompanying the most recent upload from an Oklahoma church, showing "a very special Sunday" service that definitely got people buzzing about not God's touch, but its pastor's. The
notes that thousands of people...
Hero Pastor Tackles,
Nov 8, 2021 6:00 PM CST
Hero Pastor Tackles, Disarms Gunman
Suspect waved firearm at Nashville congregation
- A pastor in Nashville, Tennessee, says he was acting as God's instrument when he tackled and disarmed a man who had been waving a gun at his congregation. Police say the heroic actions of pastor Ezekiel Ndikumana and other members of the Nashville Light Mission Pentecostal Church "saved...
Pastor: Wear a Mask, and
'I Will Ask You to Leave'
Jul 26, 2021 5:09 PM CDT
Pastor: Wear a Mask, and 'I Will Ask You to Leave'
Tennessee church has opposed vaccinations throughout the pandemic
- Pastor Greg Locke has told his congregation that coronavirus restrictions have no place in his church. His stand, announced Sunday, apparently was sparked by federal health officials' reconsideration of mask recommendations and mandates as coronavirus cases jump. "If they go through round two and you start showing up (with)...
Pastor Allegedly Killed by
His Threesome Partners
Mar 31, 2021 8:19 AM CDT
Pastor Allegedly Killed by His Threesome Partners
That would be his wife and her/their lover, according to police
- "I love you so much, David!!!!" Kristie Dawnelle Evans wrote of her husband and "best friend" in a March 20 Facebook post. A day later, David Evans was shot in the head in the middle of the night as he lay in bed, per KFOR . His wife...
Pastor Admits He Wrote
Scathing Email to Journalist
Sep 17, 2020 4:30 PM CDT
Pastor Admits He Wrote Scathing Email to Journalist
Rev. Dave Muns says he 'just caved,' but Sarah Jeong isn't accepting his apology
- A Michigan pastor admits he crossed the line by unloading on a journalist from his church email account, the
Detroit Metro Times
reports. "How about if we took all the little bitter Asian woman and had a lottery and cut their [explicit] like the Muslims do," Rev. Dave...
Pastor Sorry for 'Horrible
Choice of Words' on Slavery
Jun 18, 2020 6:39 AM CDT
Pastor Sorry for 'Horrible Choice of Words' on Slavery
Megachurch pastor Louie Giglio caused uproar by calling it a 'blessing'
- Megachurch pastor Louie Giglio has apologized for what he calls a "horrible choice of words" during a church event Sunday. The Atlanta pastor with the Passion City Church described slavery as a "blessing" in a recorded conversation with Christian rapper Lecrae and Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, NBC News...
Cops on Defiant
Pastor: He 'Has
Apr 1, 2020 9:04 AM CDT
Cops on Defiant Pastor: He 'Has Chosen to Embarrass Us'
Tony Spell continues to hold church services in Louisiana despite virus mandate against gatherings
- The Rev. Tony Spell said he would keep holding church services during the coronavirus pandemic until he was forced to stop. Tuesday evening found the Louisiana pastor once again preaching to congregants at Central City's Life Tabernacle Church, despite Spell being hit with six misdemeanor charges earlier that day...
Pastor Rallies Hundreds,
Claims COVID-19 Is 'Political'
Mar 26, 2020 10:55 AM CDT
Pastor Rallies Hundreds, Claims COVID-19 Is 'Political'
The Rev. Tony Spell of Louisiana intends to continue services until forced to stop
- Louisiana had already banned gatherings of more than 50 people before Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a statewide order against groups of more than 10 on Sunday. But the first order didn't stop a pastor from herding a claimed 1,000 people into his church week after week, and...
Book: 'I Am
Not a Christian'
Jul 29, 2019 9:18 AM CDT
Christian Who Wrote Anti-Dating Book: 'I Am Not a Christian'
Joshua Harris getting divorced, apologizing to LGBT community, saying dating actually is OK
- More than 20 years ago, he wrote a popular Christian guide to relationships that said dating—including holding hands, kissing, and couples spending time alone together—was bad and a "training ground" for divorce. Now, after pointing out the "flaws" more than a year ago in his
Detective-Pastor: We Must
Arrest, Kill All Gay People
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Jun 16, 2019 10:32 AM CDT
Detective-Pastor: We Must Arrest, Kill All Gay People
DA in Tennessee is now reviewing all pending cases involving Grayson Fritts
- The pastor of a small Baptist church in Tennessee delivered a sermon earlier this month that likely would have made headlines under any circumstances. Grayson Fritts told his congregation that police should arrest gay people ("freaks" and "animals") so they can be tried and executed, reports the...
Jan 10, 2019 8:24 AM CST
Anti-LGBT Pastor Resigns Amid Prostitute Allegations
Donnie Romero, who called Pulse Orlando victims 'scum,' allegedly paid for sex, used drugs
- The website for Fort Worth's Stedfast Baptist Church describes it as an "old-fashioned" institution that goes in "hard against sin" and "stands for the old paths and zero compromise preaching." Its notorious founder, however, who railed against the Pulse nightclub victims as "perverts" and...
Returned US Pastor
Quips About 'Absentee Ballot'
Oct 13, 2018 2:45 PM CDT
Returned US Pastor Quips About 'Absentee Ballot'
'You really fought for us,' Andrew Brunson tells Trump
- President Trump welcomed American pastor Andrew Brunson to the Oval Office on Saturday, celebrating his release from nearly two years of confinement in Turkey that had sparked a diplomatic row with a key ally and outcry from US evangelical groups, the AP reports. Brunson, who returned to the United States...
Official: US Has
Rejected Turkish Offer
on Pastor's Release
Aug 20, 2018 7:52 AM CDT
Official: US Has Rejected Turkish Offer on Pastor's Release
Dispute over Andrew Brunson appears set to drag on
- The disagreement with the US currently devastating the Turkish economy doesn't appear likely to end anytime soon. American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was jailed by Turkey for almost two years before a shift to house arrest last month, is at the center of the dispute and a senior White...
US Hits NATO Ally
Aug 2, 2018 4:58 AM CDT
US Hits NATO Ally With Sanctions
Trump had told Turkey to free jailed pastor
- President Trump has made good on his threat to hit Turkey with sanctions if American pastor Andrew Brunson wasn't freed. The country's justice minister and interior minister, Abdulhamit Gul and Suleyman Soylu, have been sanctioned over what White House press secretary Sarah Sanders describes as the "unfair...
Trump Threatens Turkey:
Let US Pastor Go Free
Jul 26, 2018 1:32 PM CDT
Trump Threatens Turkey: Let US Pastor Go Free
North Carolina's Andrew Brunson is out of jail but under house arrest, accused of espionage
- He is a 50-year-old American pastor who has been doing missionary work in Turkey for 23 years. Turkey, however, has a different description for Andrew Brunson: They say he's a spy and an abettor of terrorists who is working to overthrow the government. Brunson has been in custody for...
Pastor: 'I Have
of Many Things'
Apr 11, 2018 7:11 AM CDT
Megachurch Pastor: 'I Have Been Accused of Many Things'
Bill Hybels steps down, acknowledges 'making people feel uncomfortable'
- A pastor and former spiritual adviser to President Clinton has stepped down from one of the largest evangelical churches in the country over allegations of misconduct with women. Bill Hybels, 66, planned to retire from the Chicago-area megachurch he founded 43 years ago in October. But at Willow Creek's...
Texas Church Victims Include
Children, Pastor's Daughter
Nov 6, 2017 2:30 AM CST
Texas Church Victims Include Children, Pastor's Daughter
Relative says pregnant cousin, 3 kids died
- There are 26 people confirmed dead in America's latest horrific mass shooting —including the 14-year-old daughter of Frank Pomeroy, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Pomeroy tells ABC that Annabelle, his youngest daughter, was a "very beautiful, special child." Pomeroy says he...
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