Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian network, alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday that top bosses in the organization threatened her life with a gun and fired her and her husband, Michael, after she refused to illegally funnel some $100 million of charitable assets to their personal accounts.
"The nature of these illegal activities involved the systematic diversion of defendant Trinity Broadcasting's charitable assets through unlawful distributions to defendant Trinity Broadcasting's directors through numerous channels. The magnitude of these unlawful and related financial schemes uncovered by or disclosed to plaintiff Brittany Koper is on the order of $100 million," alleges the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court Central District of California.
The document lists Trinity Christian Center of Santa Ana, which also does business as Trinity Broadcasting Network; International Christian Broadcasting, which also does business as Heroes Under God; Matthew Crouch, Brittany's uncle; Janice Crouch, TBN's senior vice president, board member and wife of the-late Paul Crouch Sr. who died in 2013; and John Casoria, Brittany's cousin, as defendants. more >>
The "Hour of Power with Bobby Schuller" has named award-winning producer Phil Cooke as its executive producer, seeking to take the televangelism program to a "new level."
"We're thrilled that Phil will become our new executive producer," said Schuller, who leads Shepherd's Grove Church in Orange County, California.
"He is a dynamic communicator and has worked with incredible ministries and religious leaders. We're eager to take the program to new levels and produce compelling content that will entice and excite people with the message of the Gospel. Phil is the perfect partner to help us accomplish this." more >>
An attorney involved in a civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America over the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old boy by an adult volunteer says documents kept by the organization for nearly a century known as the "perversion files" reveal a "sordid history of child sexual abuse."
The attorney, Tim Hale, made the statement in California Monday at a civil trial on behalf of the victim who is now 20, according to the Associated Press. The victim, who was not identified by the AP, but listed in court documents, is suing the Boy Scout of America as well as a local scouting council for punitive damages for the 2007 abuse. He alleges the Boys Scouts were negligent because they failed to warn and train parents and volunteers about sex abuse.
Hale is being allowed by the court to access 30 years of "perversion" files which include 16 years of documents from 1991 to 2007 that have never been seen before. more >>
A San Francisco priest recently made the decision to ban girls from being altar servers in his church.
The Rev. Joseph Illo, who serves as pastor at Star of the Sea Church, opted to no longer let there be female altar servers due to the position's "intrinsic connection" to the priesthood. Illo figured that since women cannot be priests that there is no reason for them to be altar servers.
"If the Catholic Church ordained women, altar girls would make sense, but the Catholic priesthood is a male charism," he said, according to the National Catholic Reporter. "Nothing awakens a desire for the priesthood like service at the altar among the brotherhood of young men. At the risk of generalizing, I suspect young men serving with young women might just distract them from the sacrifice of the Mass, and perhaps even from a priestly vocation." more >>
Residents in Colton, California, are objecting to a billboard in their community that displays the message, "Don't believe in a God? You are not alone," and want the ad to be taken down. The secular group behind the message has said that the billboard is aimed at providing support to people from the nontheistic community.
"I'd have them take it down, because God's real," Colton resident Benjamin Hall said, according to CBS2/KCAL9.
Cyndi Bulger added: "Everybody's an individual, so you shouldn't be told how you should think or what you should believe." more >>
LOS ANGELES – Together LA, a three-day conference about what it means to love Los Angeles, was originally thought of as an event primarily for church planters. But as plans developed, it looks to be more about discussing action steps that the Christian community within the city should take toward resolving social issues.
Church planter and Together LA lead organizer Pastor Brannin Pitre told The Christian Post that as plans for the conference matured, the storyline could be headlined: "Why a bunch of church planters think there's more to loving your city than planting churches."
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