A civil racketeering lawsuit that has dogged former Mars Hill Church Pastor Mark Driscoll since he was forced to resign from the now dissolved church in 2014, was dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge on Thursday.
"I am grateful to God for the dismissal of these false and malicious allegations," Driscoll, now senior pastor of Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, told The Christian Post on Friday. "I remain steadfast and committed to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am forever humbled and thankful for the prayers and tremendous support of family, friends, and fellow pastors."
The four plaintiffs named in the 42-page lawsuit against Driscoll didn't have the money to pursue the case and never served Driscoll or former chief elder Sutton Turner, who was also named as a defendant, with the necessary documents, according to The Seattle Times. As a result, the case was dismissed. more >>
Persecuted Christians in India have been given hope for justice concerning the 2008 massacre in Orissa, where close to 100 Christians were killed in a riot, after the government revealed earlier this month that it will reopen 315 cases of violence.
Fides News Agency reported on Thursday that the Supreme Court of India has ordered the government of Orissa state to review all cases that were reported to the police at the time, but were not adequately investigated.
The violence on Aug. 25, 2008, against Christians in Kandhamal sparked by Hindu radicals who accused Christians of converting other Hindus to their religion, led to the destruction of 5,600 homes, along with 300 churches and other places of worship. more >>
John Bryson, former Acts 29 network board member and lead pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a popular multicultural church he helped found in Memphis, Tennessee, said he has hired a private investigator after allegations surfaced that he covered for one of his former worship director, Rick Trotter, who was arrested earlier this month for "making upskirt videos of church members."
"It appears the facts and rumors surrounding Rick Trotter's termination from Fellowship have begun to blur," Bryson wrote in a statement to The Christian Post on Tuesday. "The statement we provided on August 11 lays out the facts that I am currently aware of. Of course there may be additional facts that we were not aware of in 2010 when we terminated Trotter, but to ensure we do get a clear understanding of the true facts, we have hired an outside firm to conduct an independent investigation. This will allow us all to separate facts from rumor."
Trotter, 40, who is married with children, is currently facing eight charges of photographing women at the Downtown Church in Memphis without consent, according to The Commercial Appeal. He was also fired from his position as the voice of the Memphis Grizzlies as a result of the arrest. Police reportedly found videos on Trotter's church-issued laptop showing him kneeling behind at least four women during worship service and recording under the women's skirt or dress with his cell phone. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham says Hillary Clinton resorted to a "natural tendency" when she tried to pin the use of her private email server on former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.
As reported by The New York Times, FBI notes handed over to Congress last Tuesday show that the Democratic presidential nominee told investigators looking into the use of her private email server while serving as secretary of state that it was Powell who advised her to use a personal email account.
Powell, who served as the head of the State Department from 2001 to 2005 under President George W. Bush, defended himself on Saturday during an event in New York. more >>
The family of Khalid Jabara, a 37-year-old Arab Christian man shot dead in front of his home in Oklahoma earlier this month by his white neighbor, said he saved the lives of two or three other people as he lay dying from several gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
The shooter, 61-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors, was reportedly motivated by racial and religious animus when he shot and killed Jabara on Aug. 12.
Khalid's mother, Haifa Jabara, who Majors is currently on trial for running down with a car last year, told Tulsa World in a report on Monday that her son called her as he was being attacked and warned her to stay away from the house. more >>
At least 51 people, mostly children, were killed in a suicide bombing on Saturday in the Turkish city of Gaziantep, reports have said, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan revealing that the attacker was a 12- to-14-year-old child inspired by the Islamic State terror group.
Erdogan blamed IS for the attack, revealing that a further 69 people were wounded, 17 of them seriously.