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  • NJ church secretary accused of paying for her wedding, bills with $561K she embezzled

    02/12/2020 7:34:27 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    Cox Media via WPXI ^ | February 12, 2020 | Bob D'Angelo
    FLORENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A financial secretary for a New Jersey church is accused of embezzling more than $500,000 in parish money to pay her personal bills, including car loans and even her wedding, authorities said Tuesday. Taisha D. Smith-DeJoseph, 43, of Willingboro, was charged with 13 crimes, including computer criminal activity, tax fraud, theft by deception and second-degree theft, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina told NJ.com. In a news release, Coffina said Smith-DeJoseph allegedly stole $561,777 over a five-year period until March 2019, when she was overseeing the finances for St. Paul’s Baptist Church in Florence Township, The Philadelphia...
  • Louisiana Man Pleads Guilty to Burning Three Baptist Churches in St. Landry Parish

    02/10/2020 1:01:25 PM PST · by ransomnote · 10 replies
    justice.gov ^ | February 10, 2020 | DOJ
    Department of Justice Office of Public Affairs FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, February 10, 2020 Holden Matthews, 22, pleaded guilty today in the Western District of Louisiana to intentionally setting fire to three Baptist churches because of the religious character of those buildings.  Specifically, Matthews pleaded guilty to three counts of violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, 18 U.S.C. § 247(a)(1) — one count for each church — as well as one count of using fire to commit a federal felony, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(h).  The fires, which Matthews set over a 10-day period in March and...
  • Proud Boys at First Baptist Church in Pompano Beach 2.2.20

    02/02/2020 10:46:54 AM PST · by bicyclerepair · 29 replies
    This morning we went to First Baptist Church in Pompano Bch, FL.
  • Kobe and Gianna Bryant went to church before fatal crash

    01/28/2020 8:32:23 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 35 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 28, 2020 | BY CAITLIN O'KANE
    One of the last things Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna did before they died in a fatal helicopter crash on Sunday was attend church. Father Steve Sallot with Our Lady Queen of Angels church in Newport Beach, Orange County, spoke to a local media outlet about the father and daughter attending mass. "He was here before the 7 a.m. mass and that's our first mass of the day," Father Sallot told KABC in an on-camera interview. "So he would obviously have been in the prayer chapel before that and he was leaving about 10 to 7." CBS News...
  • How To Get Closer To God If You Don’t Attend Church

    01/12/2020 6:58:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2020 | Myra Kahn Adams
    With the new year and decade off to a chaotic start, here are four “Godly exercises” that can help reduce stress but don’t require working out. Instead, you exercise your mind and soul with thinking beyond yourself — beyond the world, into the heavenly realm, and back down again with a new perspective. Now, let’s get real. Any talk of “God” can be threatening, especially if you are not a churchgoer — and part of a growing trend. According to the Pew Research Center, church attendance and Christianity is on the decline in the U.S — especially among the largest...
  • Struggling Cottage Grove Church Asks Older Members To Go Away (MN)

    01/21/2020 12:48:46 PM PST · by aimhigh · 74 replies
    CBS Minnesoto ^ | 01/22/2020 | CBS Minnesota
    A struggling Minnesota church is asking its older parishioners to leave in hopes of making it more attractive to young families. Grove United Methodist Church in the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove is closing in June, with plans to relaunch in November. The present members, most of them over 60 years old, will be invited to worship elsewhere, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. The church is asking that they stay away for two years, then consult the pastor about reapplying. “I pray for this church, getting through this age-discrimination thing,” William Gackstetter said at church on a recent...
  • A Tsunami of Love for a Gay Bishop [Church of England]

    01/19/2020 6:27:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Church Times ^ | 1/17/20 | Caroline Starkey and Grace Davie
    After the Bishop of Grantham’s sexuality was the subject of media reports, he received about 500 letters and emails. Caroline Starkey and Grace Davie analysed themIN SEPTEMBER 2016, a Sunday newspaper threatened to “out” the Bishop of Grantham, Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, as gay (although his sexuality was no secret within the Church). In a brave move, the bishop decided to give an exclusive interview to The Guardian, and became the first Church of England bishop to declare publicly that he was gay and in a same-sex relationship (News, 9 September). In response to the media coverage, some 500 letters and...
  • Texas Church Attack: Post-Shooting Procedures

    01/14/2020 3:26:13 PM PST · by Bruiser 10 · 13 replies
    Active Response Training ^ | 14 Jan 20 | Greg Ellifritz
    I’ve read many tactical debriefs of the recent shooting incident at the West Freeway Church of Christ. I have no plans to re-hash what has already been discussed in countless articles and videos. There were lots of good things (a near-perfect head shot from an extended distance, no mistaken identity shootings, etc) that happened. There are also a few things that were less than optimal (a fouled draw, failure to keep the guy out of the service, failure to go hands on immediately, poor muzzle awareness). All those issues have already been covered in numerous articles. What I want to...
  • Illinois: Muslim slashes tires of 19 cars at churches, explains he did it because he doesn’t like Christians

    01/11/2020 11:45:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 62 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | JAN 11, 2020 9:00 AM | Robert Spencer
    You will only hear about this here, because it doesn’t fit the establishment media narrative of Muslims being subjected to wholesale discrimination and harassment by Christians in the U.S. “Alleged Tire Slasher Had Hate Motive Against Christians: Police,” WBBM, January 9, 2020: PALOS HILLS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Charges have been upgraded against a man who allegedly slashed tires of multiple vehicles at churches in Palos Hills last year because he didn’t like Christians. Osama E. El Hannouny, 25, was initially arrested Nov. 17, 2019, and charged with 14 counts of criminal damage to property, according to Palos Hills police. The...
  • A Prediction About the Coming Split in the Methodist Church

    01/05/2020 6:03:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 5, 2020 | Michael Brown
    If the reports are true, then “a tentative plan” has been put in place “to split the [Methodist] church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.” In 2019, “The division, which has been brewing for years, came to an impasse last May when delegates in St. Louis voted 438-384 to ban gay marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.“A majority of U.S.-based churches opposed the ‘Traditional Plan’ but were outvoted by conservatives in the U.S., Africa and the Philippines.”Assuming that this split actually takes place, what will happen to these two branches, one conservative and the...
  • Irrational Responses to Armed Defenders in Church ~ VIDEO

    01/06/2020 6:12:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    AmmoLand ^ | 3 January, 2020 | Dean Weingarten
    Texas Church Incident Shows How 2A Stops Mass Shooters The recent use of arms by a skilled, armed defender, Jack Wilson, in the West Highway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, was recorded on live stream video. (below)In spite of rapid attempts to suppress the video, it has been made available to the world, via social media and the quick actions of freedom-loving activists. The actions in the video are crystal clear. An armed, skilled, volunteer congregant stops an active murderer with one shot after two of his friends are shot and killed. The entire action happens in six...
  • United Methodist Church Officially Splits Over Gay ‘Marriage,’ Clergy

    01/03/2020 8:36:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/3/20 | Calvin Freiburger
    January 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United Methodist Church (UMC) announced Friday it will be dealing with ongoing divisions over homosexuality by formally splitting, with the formation of a new denomination for Methodists who hold to a Biblical understanding of sex and marriage. The church has been divided over the issues of same-sex “marriage” and homosexual clergy, with its General Conference voting in February against compromising its opposition. Tensions have continued since, however, and on Friday the church announced the formation of a new “traditional Methodist” denomination for more conservative Methodists, the New York Times reports. The Washington Post adds...
  • Stuck in a Basement in San Francisco

    01/01/2020 3:40:23 AM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 1, 2020 | Terry Jeffrey
    "Why isn't it moving?" "We're stuck." "Are you sure?" "Yes." "Oh, my G--!" That was not a prayer -- however much one was needed. The scene, as I recall, unfolded on a Friday night in the late 1980s. We had started the evening with pesto and shrimp at a great Sicilian restaurant in San Francisco's North Beach. Our group included my wife and me, one of my brothers, one of my sisters and several friends. Over dinner, my sister told us how much she enjoyed her job, teaching sixth grade at the nearby Saints Peter and Paul School. Many Americans...
  • Breaking – Church Shooter Identified, First Photo Released…

    12/30/2019 10:51:29 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 83 replies
    Keith Thomas Kinnunen has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on December 29 that left two people dead. Kinnunen, 43, was fatally shot by the church’s head of security. MedStar spokeswoman Macara Trusty confirmed that one person died at the scene of the shooting, and one person died en route to the hospital. Hospital officials confirmed that one of these victims was the shooter. The third victim was transported to a hospital in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead by White Settlement police chief J.P. Bevering. One victim was...
  • Keith Thomas Kinnunen: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    12/30/2019 10:12:16 AM PST · by BlackAdderess · 42 replies
    Heavy.com ^ | 12/30/2019 | Staff Writer
    Keith Thomas Kinnunen has been identified as the gunman in the shooting at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on December 29 that left two people dead. Kinnunen, 43, was fatally shot by the church’s head of security.
  • Jack Wilson, Texas Church Shooting Hero: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

    12/30/2019 6:39:34 AM PST · by Moonman62 · 96 replies
    Heavy ^ | 12/30/19 | Jessica McBride
    Jack Wilson, the security volunteer who quickly shot the Texas church shooter at West Freeway Church of Christ, stopping him and likely saving many lives, is a former reserve deputy sheriff who was the long-time owner of a firearms training academy. Wilson Is a Donald Trump Supporter Who Believes the ‘Survival of the USA’ Will Be DeterOn his campaign website, Wilson shared a graphic from another man that reads in part, “All members of the House &/or Senate that support illegal aliens over US Citizens are in violation of their Oath of Office and should therefore be REMOVED FROM OFFICE....
  • Footage Emerges Of Good Guys With Guns Taking Down Alleged Church Attacker In Texas

    12/29/2019 3:00:30 PM PST · by USA Conservative · 39 replies
    Conservative US ^ | 12.29.2019 | Natalie.D
    Two people have died and one person is in critical condition after a shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ in northwest Texas. The shooter was prevented from creating more carnage by armed members of the church, several of whom drew their own weapons in response to his attack, as well as a security guard. It has now been confirmed that the gunman was shot and is one of the two people killed.
  • Texas Church Shooter Stopped By Armed Citizen

    12/29/2019 2:22:42 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 53 replies
    https://www.usacarry.com ^ | December 29, 2019 | Luke McCoy -
    UPDATE: It is being reported that the armed citizen that shot the suspect is a former police officer. During Sunday morning mass this morning at West Freeway Church of Christ, in White Settlement, Texas, a man walked in with a shotgun and opened fire on its parishioners. Two people are reported dead and one injured.
  • At least 2 people killed, 1 in critical condition after shooting at White Settlement church

    12/29/2019 1:48:51 PM PST · by ransomnote · 28 replies
    wfaa.com ^ | December 29, 2019 | WFAA Staff
    Officials with MedStar confirmed the shooter was among the dead. Author: WFAA Staff Published: 11:40 AM CST December 29, 2019 Updated: 3:40 PM CST December 29, 2019 This is a breaking story and will be continuously updated. Two people were killed and one was critically injured in a shooting Sunday morning at a White Settlement church. Fort Worth police received reports of an active threat around 11:20 a.m. at West Freeway Church of Christ at 1900 South Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement, which is near Fort Worth. MedStar officials confirmed at least two people were killed and one person...
  • Suspect shoots 2 at Texas church before parishioners fatally shoot him

    12/29/2019 1:39:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 56 replies
    CNN ^ | Dec, 29, 2019, | Eric Levenson and Melissa Alonso, CNN
    (CNN)A man shot two people during a church service in White Settlement, Texas, on Sunday before two armed parishioners shot and killed him, White Settlement Police Chief J.P. Bevering said. One person who was shot at the West Freeway Church of Christ died and another victim has life-threatening injuries, Bevering said. Bevering praised the two "heroic" churchgoers who returned fire and killed the suspect. He said there is no ongoing threat to the incident. MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokeswoman Macara Trusty said the suspected shooter and a victim died en route to the hospital. Another victim flatlined on the way to...