The mental health of Floyd Palmer, the suspect in the World Changers Church International shooting case, and his past, which included a mosque shooting incident a decade ago, are being reviewed as part of the due diligence process, one of his lawyers told The Christian Post on Friday.
Attorneys Drew Findling and Marissa Goldberg were retained by Palmer's family last week to represent the 52-year-old suspect in last month's fatal shooting at the Rev. Creflo Dollar's church in Atlanta. On Friday, his new defense team appeared before Fulton County Superior Court Judge Karen Woodson, asking to reset a preliminary hearing to give them time to review the facts of the case and get to know their client.
According to The Associated Press, Findling said during Friday's court hearing that Palmer's mental competency must be evaluated during the criminal case against him. more >>
Creflo Dollar, pastor of World Changers Church International in Georgia, addressed his congregation Wednesday night after a former church employee walked into an early morning Bible study at the College Park campus and shot a member point blank while he prayed.
Dollar shared on his Twitter and Facebook networks yesterday the location for Wednesday night's Bible study, while expressing gratitude to members for their support.
"World Changers – Thank you for your prayers and support. Please note Wednesday Night Bible Study will take place tonight in the Dome, NY and all Satellite Churches. Join us with your entire family at 7pm EST. Again, we WILL have service tonight in the Dome. God Bless You and we look forward to seeing you there," wrote the popular Christian minister and best-selling author. more >>
The Christian Post released Part 1 of an exclusive interview with Hank Hanegraaff yesterday. He's the president of the apologetics ministry the Christian Research Institute and the creator of daily broadcast the Bible Answer Man. Hanegraaff spoke about his new book The Last Temple that deals with prophecies found in the book of Revelation. He also discussed many other important topics pertaining to Christianity with CP, including biblical illiteracy amongst believers and the theology of many prominent pastors such as Creflo Dollar and Joel Osteen. Here is part 2 of CP's exclusive interview with Mr. Hanegraaff.
CP: Do you think that Christians sometimes sacrifice making quality art in order to convey a message in their work?
Hanegraaff: ... [Christians] should ultimately do everything that we do with excellence. There's a story about repairs in the Sistine Chapel ... when some repair work was being done the craftsmen saw that the work on the other side of the plaster, [the part] not visible to the human eye was done with the same kind of craftsmanship that was [done on what was visible and observable]. And the explanation for that is that the work that Christians do is not just for human consumption, but it is [also] for the eyes of God. And therefore in my writing, in the work that I do in the Bible Answer Man broadcast, [and] the work of the Christian Research Institute, we are concerned that what we do is excellent in every way and I think we should set the example for the world in these categories and not the other way around. more >>
An audio tape of the 911 call made by megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar's 15-year-old daughter has been released by the Fayette County Police Department. During the call made early Friday, the girl told the 911 operator that she was allegedly punched and choked by her father, adding that this was not the first time such an incident has happened.
"I just got an altercation with my father. He punched me and ...(inaudible) choked me. It's not the first time it's happened. I feel threatened by being in this house," the 15-year-old girl is heard telling the 911 operator.
"I don't know what can be done but I'm scared. I'm shaking. I don't...I don't know what to do." more >>
Creflo Dollar assured a packed house of attendees at his Georgia megachurch on Sunday that "all is well in the Dollar household."
After receiving a long standing ovation from the World Changers Church International congregation, Dollar denied "sensational" and "exaggerated" reports about him choking and punching his teenage daughter last week.
The popular pastor affirmed his love for his 15-year-old daughter and said he would never inflict any bodily harm on any of his children. more >>
Creflo Dollar Jr., who was arrested Friday on battery charges involving his daughter, received a standing ovation from his World Changers Church International congregation Sunday as he emphatically denied punching or choking his 15-year-old daughter. He said he never should have been arrested and believes that the arrest was part of the devil's plan to "discredit" him as a messenger of God.
"The truth is that a conversation with our daughter got emotional and things escalated from there," Dollar, who has five children, told the 30,000-member congregation in Atlanta and others listening online. (Watch Dollar making statement here.)
"The truth was that she was not choked, she was not punched," he continued. "There were not any scratches on her neck but the only thing on her neck was a prior skin abrasion from eczema." more >>