City Harvest Church lead Pastor Kong Hee and the five other members sentenced to prison for misusing millions of church funds have been dealt a new blow with news the prosecution has officially appealed that they be given harsher sentences.
Singapore's Business Times reported on Monday that the prosecution has filed the Petition of Appeal, arguing that the sentences imposed on the six CHC accused members are "manifestly inadequate, in all the circumstances of the case."
All six members were found guilty in playing a part in the misuse of close to $35-million in church donations, which went to the music career of singer and fellow CHC Pastor Sun Ho, who also happens to be Kong's wife. more >>
A vacation in Jamaica ended tragically last Thursday for a Minnesota pastor's wife and mother of four when she was killed after a truck crashed into a tour bus in which she was traveling.
Crystal Glewwe, 32, wife of Pastor Rick Glewwe who oversees family ministries at the downtown Minneapolis and Spring Lake Park campuses of Substance Church, was with her 9-year-old daughter, Kayden, on a mother-daughter cruise when a truck smashed into their tour bus in Jamaica, according to Fox News. Kayden had to undergo surgery Thursday night in Jamaica and suffered a broken clavicle.
"It is with heavy hearts that we are communicating about a tragedy that happened in our church family yesterday. Crystal and Kayden were on a special vacation, enjoying a mother-daughter cruise when, yesterday (Jan. 14), Pastor Rick got a call that there had been a terrible bus accident in Jamaica and that Crystal (his wife) had passed away," the church noted in a statement Friday. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham praised the Anglican Communion's decision last Thursday to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church over its embrace of same-sex marriage, calling it a "major scolding they deserve."
In a Facebook post issued Sunday morning, Graham, the president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the humanitarian aid group Samaritan's Purse, argued that the three-year suspension and sanctions put in place by the Archbishops of the Worldwide Anglican Communion last Thursday during their meeting in Canterbury, England, should help the Episcopal Church realize that they have moved in a direction "contrary to the Bible."
"The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has just received a major scolding. The worldwide Anglican Communion voted to suspend the entire U.S. Episcopal Church this week because it has embraced same-sex marriage, allowing the election of homosexual priests and allowing same-sex marriages to be performed," Graham wrote. "They deserve to be called out for this — it is wrong and is against what Almighty God clearly teaches in His Word." more >>
A church in Buffalo, New York, is doing its part to ensure that the city's residents stay warm this winter. True Bethel Baptist Church launched its Shepard's Closet mobile clothing service last Tuesday, and consists of a roving bus stocked with free winter gear for local residents.
Shepard's Closet travels the city handing out warm coats, gloves, and scarves to anyone in need. During its run last week, the church gave away winter clothing to school children waiting at bus stops, and visited middle schools and homeless shelters.
"Each time we go out, our whole goal is to take care of a need," said Shepard's Closet project manager Cambridge Boyd to The Christian Post on Thursday. Recipients don't have to be homeless or unemployed. more >>
One of my earliest memories is of a substitute Sunday school teacher chastening me for putting a coin in my mouth. "That's filthy," she said. "Why, you don't know if a colored man might have held that." It might just be my imagination playing tricks on me, but it seems as though she immediately followed this up with, "Alright children, let's sing 'Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World.'"
Now, this lady probably didn't consciously think of herself as a white supremacist. She almost certainly didn't think of herself as subversive of the Gospel itself. She never thought about the hypocrisy of holding the two contradictory worldviews together in her mind. She probably didn't see how her dehumanizing of African-Americans was a twisted form of Darwinism rather than biblical Christianity.
She wasn't alone. more >>
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church has declared that the denomination will not cease its support for gay marriage despite its three-year suspension by the Anglican Communion last week.
"They heard from me directly that that's not something that we're considering," Bishop Michael Curry told The Associated Press on Friday, talking about the sanctions imposed on the denomination after its leaders refused support the biblical definition of marriage. "They basically understand we made our decision, and this is who we are, and we're committed to being a house of prayer for all."
At the same time, however, Curry said he wants to continue working toward Anglican unity despite the different points of view on the divisive issue. more >>