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  • Erdogan wants more from Trump before Turkey will free pastor

    07/19/2018 2:25:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 33 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | July 18, 2018 | Amberin Zaman
    Defying expectations, a Turkish court rebuffed appeals today to free Andrew Brunson, the US pastor whose trial on bogus terror charges has become a litmus test for turbulent ties between Turkey and the United States. The trial was adjourned until Oct. 12.The North Carolina pastor has been charged with espionage and links to coup plotters and Kurdish militants and could face up to 35 years if convicted. Brunson continued to deny any wrongdoing in his third courtroom hearing, amid a string of wild assertions from witnesses for the prosecution. “I am an innocent man on all these charges. I reject...
  • Turkish court rules to keep terror-linked US pastor in jail, next hearing set for October

    07/18/2018 11:02:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | 7-18-2018 | none stated
    A Turkish court ordered on Wednesday U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, who is being tried on terrorism and spying charges, to remain in detention, rejecting his lawyer's plea for release. The judge said the next hearing in the trial would be on October 12. Brunson, a Christian pastor from North Carolina who has lived in Turkey for more than two decades, was indicted on charges of helping the GĂĽlenist Terror Group (FETĂ–), which Ankara blames for the failed 2016 coup, as well as supporting the PKK terrorists organization. Speaking to reporters in western Izmir province after the ruling, U.S. Charge d'Affaires...
  • I'm a pastor and I want you to quit church. Now!

    06/23/2018 5:43:33 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | 23 June 2018 | Chris Sonksen
    At a time when church attendance is shrinking in America, I, a pastor, am encouraging people to quit church. Why? The answer is birthed out of conversations and research I’ve been a part of over the last several years. Regularly, I meet and train pastors and church leaders from all over the country through my leadership platform, ChurchBOOM. The conversations carry a common theme – a lot of people who attend church are passive towards serving, giving and community outreach. In most churches, 80 percent of the work is being carried out by 20 percent or less of the people....
  • Dare Not Destroy The Church...

    Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.( ! Corinthians 3:16-18)We are currently living in the very times that the Apostles and Prophets long warned of, the terrible “last days” which would be marked by such things as Betrayal,...
  • Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during lake baptism

    06/05/2018 10:09:00 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/5/2018
    A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia. Residents and police told BBC Amharic a crocodile leapt from the water during the baptism and attacked him. Pastor Docho died after being bitten on his legs, back and hands. "He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor," local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC.
  • Fundamentalist Pastor Calls Out Church’s Rape Culture

    05/30/2018 6:21:56 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    patheos ^ | May 27, 2018 | Amber Barnhill
    For those of you familiar with fundamentalist movements, particularly the IFB (Independent Fundamental Baptist), you’ll know these movements tend to be rife with sexual abuse and cover-ups. Because the IFB maintains ideologies of separatism and elitism, they tend to deal with their issues “in house.” The trend is: keep it in the church, don’t tell anyone (authorities included), blame the victim, and re-locate the offender to another church in another town (and don’t forget his severance package). Well, in a shocking turn of events, one IFB mega-pastor took a public stand against these actions, and those of us who have...
  • Thoughts on Church Government...

    The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. ( I Peter 5:1-4) I am a Pastor. By that...
  • 'I am Not a Bigot': Pastor Robert Jeffress Responds to Mitt Romney's Twitter Attack

    05/16/2018 7:22:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/16/2018 | Michael Gryboski
    First Baptist Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress has denounced former Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney's accusation that he's a "religious bigot." "Robert Jeffress says 'you can't be saved by being a Jew,' and 'Mormonism is a heresy from the pit of hell.' He's said the same about Islam. Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem," Romney tweeted on Sunday. In an interview with Fox Business host Lou Dobbs Monday night, Jeffress said he took issue with Romney's claims and asserted, "I am not a bigot." "Many of those comments [in...
  • Maine Voices: For me as a chaplain, Planned Parenthood’s name is blessed(BARF ALERT)

    05/14/2018 3:08:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    Press herald ^ | May 11, 2018 | The Rev. Marvin Ellison, Ph.D.Special to the Press Herald
    Mine is a face that patients are sometimes surprised to see at the Planned Parenthood health center in Portland. For the past few years, four other faith leaders and I have served as volunteer chaplains. We’re proud to be part of a highly professional and highly caring health care team. Along with our Planned Parenthood colleagues, we’re committed to showing care and respect for the whole person, including her (or his) physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. As chaplains, we undertake this work not in spite of, but because of our faith and values. There are some who assume that if...
  • U.S. preacher on trial in Turkey wanted Christian Kurdish state – anonymous witness

    05/08/2018 10:40:28 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    An anonymous witness at the trial of a U.S. preacher in Turkey said the American evangelistÂ’s ultimate aim was to set up a Christian Kurdish state, pro-government newspaper Sabah said. For 23 years Andrew Craig Brunson had been seeking to convert the Kurdistan WorkersÂ’ Party (PKK) armed group to Christianity and to aid it in breaking up Turkey, the witness, a former churchgoer known only as Serhat, told the court at the pastorÂ’s trial. Brunson is accused of terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. U.S. President Donald Trump has personally taken up BrunsonÂ’s case, asking...
  • U.S. pastor Brunson breaks down at Turkish trial (kangaroo court trial)

    04/19/2018 3:02:47 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Ahval ^ | Apr 16 2018 | None stated
    U.S. pastor Andrew Brunson, incarcerated in Turkey since October 2016, burst into tears at the first hearing of his trial on terrorism charges in Turkey on Monday. Brunson sobbed before telling a court in the city of Izmir that he was in a single-person cell and suffering psychologically, according to Hurriyet newspaper. Brunson said he was taking pills to treat his condition and had asked to be transferred out of solitary confinement. The U.S. pastor is on trial for aiding and abetting the Fethullah Gulen movement, an Islamist movement that Turkey blames for masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016...
  • Turkey's American Hostage - About to be Sentenced for Life?

    04/16/2018 3:07:16 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | April 15, 2018 at 4:30 am | Uzay Bulut
    The Turkish government is using Pastor Brunson's detention as a bargaining chip. In exchange for his freedom, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had demanded the return to Turkey from the United States of self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gülen, a political opponent, whom Erdogan claims was behind the failed coup against him in the summer of 2016. "They are treating the U.S. government with contempt and paying no price for it." — Pastor Andrew Brunson, March 17, 2018. Turkey -- a NATO member holding an American political prisoner hostage -- has so far faced no consequences. An American Pastor, Andrew Brunson,...
  • Creflo Dollar tells Church not to Criticize Snoop Dogg

    04/11/2018 8:56:02 AM PDT · by Cecily · 17 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | April 11, 2018 | Sheila Poole
    Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar recently told his congregation not to throw shade at rapper-turned-gospel performer Snoop Dogg. The California-based godfather of rap and actor recently released “Bible of Love” through his All the Time Entertainment, in association with RCA Inspiration. The “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper said he was inspired by his grandmother and pulls in some heavyweight gospel talent like the Clark Sisters and Rance Allen. Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International, said the church should focus on grace and not past behavior. He was preaching on the “Spirit of Grace.”
  • Anti-LGBTQ pastor arrested on 8 counts of sexual molestation of minors

    04/01/2018 1:16:38 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 18 replies
    News-Views ^ | 1st April 2018 | Surley
    Metro police have arrested a pastor accused of molesting several children across two decades while he was leader of a South Nashville congregation. Matthew Dennis Patterson, known as Denny, served as pastor of Nolensville Road Baptist Church for more than 20 years. He resigned on Sept. 24. Days later, members of the congregation came to the police precinct on Harding Place with complaints about his requests to "engage in strange activities" with children, authorities said. Children at the church told adult members that Patterson had asked them to sit on his face and stomach, sometimes in their underwear, according to...
  • Bill Hybels Accused of Multiple Accounts of Sexual Misconduct

    03/23/2018 9:32:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    churchleaders.com ^ | March 22, 2018 | Megan Briggs
    Until today, perhaps the most national news-worthy thing Bill Hybels has done is announce his eventual retirement from being the lead pastor Willow Creek Church, a transition which he has planned meticulously. That all changed, though, when the Chicago Tribune published a story about allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at Hybels by prominent current and former leaders at Willow Creek. Hybels has said he believes those making the claims against him have “colluded” against him in an effort to discredit his ministry. According to the Tribune, which conducted an investigation into the allegations, the claims of misconduct are numerous. “The...
  • Memphis megachurch pastor resigns following sexual abuse investigation

    03/21/2018 10:30:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 29 replies
    kvue ^ | Ron Maxey
    MEMPHIS — A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Texas 20 years ago resigned from his ministerial post Tuesday at a Memphis megachurch. Andy Savage, teaching pastor at Highpoint Church and part of the church's senior leadership team, follows a leave of absence and lengthy investigation by Scott Fredricks, a Fort Worth lawyer whose specialties include assisting churches with child-abuse investigations. Savage's fall culminates more than two months of accusations and soul-searching over a case that became symbolic of the #churchtoo offshoot of the #metoo movement. While the investigation found no other instances of abuse, "the leadership...
  • Turkey doubles down in pastor row with US

    03/17/2018 10:41:33 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | March 16, 2018 | Sibel Hurtas
    American pastor Andrew Brunson, behind bars in Turkey on terrorism-related charges, risks up to 35 years in jail in a politically loaded case that critics describe as “an eclipse of reason.” (held in Turkey since October 2016 on terror-related charges, he is seen in an undated picture.) A Turkish prosecutor is seeking up to 35 years in jail for Andrew Brunson, the American pastor at the heart of a bitter diplomatic spat between Ankara and Washington. Held on terror-related charges since October 2016, Brunson has seemingly become a bargaining chip, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggesting last year that...
  • Turkish prosecutor seeks life sentence for jailed American Pastor Andrew Brunson

    03/14/2018 7:31:44 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 14 March, 2018 | Jardine Malado
    A Turkish prosecutor is demanding a life sentence for American Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained since Oct. 7, 2016 over his alleged links with an armed terrorist organization.Brunson, who has formally led Izmir Resurrection Church for over 22 years, has been charged with being a "member and executive of the terrorist group" accused of being behind the failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.According to Al-Monitor, Turkey has blamed U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen for the coup attempt, and the government has been demanding his extradition.However, the U.S. has refused to hand over the cleric, who is now...
  • Billy Graham: Pastor to Presidents

    02/21/2018 7:08:30 AM PST · by oxcart · 35 replies
    Billy Graham has often said, “Whether the story of Christ is told in a huge stadium, across the desk of a powerful leader, or shared with a golfing companion, it satisfies a common hunger. All over the world, whenever I meet people face-to-face, I am made aware of this personal need among the famous and successful, as well as the lonely and obscure.” Every U.S. President since World War II has met with Billy Graham. Both Johnson and Nixon, the two who probably sought him the most, offered him high positions in government — which he quickly and politely refused....
  • Pastor caught with a naked and bound man in a parked car claims it's not what it looks like

    02/14/2018 4:37:04 AM PST · by simpson96 · 55 replies
    AOL.com ^ | 2/13/2018 | Carlin Becker
    A Pennsylvania pastor who was caught sitting in a parked car with a bound and naked man insists he was simply counseling the man. While answering a call about a suspicious vehicle, police discovered a naked man tied up with nylon rope sitting in the front seat of a car parked outside of a home. In the backseat was 61-year-old George Nelson Gregory, a preacher at the Waterfront Christian Community Church. When officers inquired about the situation, Gregory allegedly told them he and the man “were just playing” and that they “meet up from time to time to play with...