A representative for Joyce Meyer Ministries insists that the non-profit organization has long valued transparency and financial accountability and was not, in fact, moved to make significant changes to its financial operations due to being targeted by a Senate investigation or scrutiny from investigative reports.
Meyer is a popular Bible teacher and bestselling author who is president of her namesake nonprofit and also co-founder, along with her husband, of the ministry's St. Louis Dream Center, where Meyer occasionally preaches. The Fenton, Missouri-based Christian ministry, which enjoys the "regular support" of 405,414 donors, recently released its latest annual financial report detailing its assets, expenditures, and the results of its charitable and evangelistic endeavors. Data not included in the report, however, are the salaries paid to members of Joyce Meyer Ministries' board of directors, specifically, to her husband and two sons. At one time, members of the Meyer family (including daughters Laura Holtzmann and Sandra McCollom) accounted for 50 percent of JMM's board members.
The ministry, founded in 1985 as Life in The Word, expanded its board from eight to 12 members when it joined the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in 2009, about two years after the Senate probe was launched. Scrutiny by the St. Louis-Post Dispatch allegedly also prompted the JMM board to reduce its CEO's salary and change how Meyer financially benefits from her lucrative book sales. Proceeds from Meyer's books, along with honorariums from her private speaking engagements, are given to the ministry and not to Meyer herself, according to an attestation letter in JMM's annual report. more >>
Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao says he's aiming for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr. after his May defeat in the highly publicized fight.
When asked about his future in boxing after having surgery to repair an injury to his right shoulder that he sustained before the fight against Mayweather, Pacquiao said that while he's seeking a rematch next year with the undefeated world champion, for now he's focused on serving his country in the Philippine House of Representatives.
"I'd like to concentrate my efforts on working as a politician this year, and want to fight Mayweather in a rematch," Pacquiao told Fightnews.com. "I'll be ready for that mentally and physically next year. I'll show a better performance against him than in the first encounter." more >>
Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz reunited for the first time in decades with the pastor who baptized him and led his father to Jesus in the 1970s, during a campaign stop in Tennessee this week.
For Cruz, he saw his stop through Murfreesboro on Monday to speak at a campaign rally as being more than just an opportunity to share his conservative views with potential voters. As Cruz took the stage to speak to the crowd, he had just one question for the audience.
A Tennessee academic institution has left the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities over the organization's handling of two member schools that recently approved the hiring of employees involved in same-sex relationships.
Union University, a Christian school located in Jackson, which had been a member of the CCCU since 1991, recently opted to sever its relation with the organization.
A spokesman for the university provided The Christian Post with a press release that included a letter sent earlier this month to CCCU leadership by President Samuel W. "Dub" Oliver. more >>
An elderly Zimbabwean Christian man has died after he allegedly attempted to emulate Jesus Christ by going without food or water for 40 days and 40 nights, according to African news sites.
NewZimbabwe.com reported that a 73-year-old man named Reinfirst Manyuka left his home on June 15 to embark on a spiritual journey in the wilderness, just like Jesus did for 40 days and 40 nights in the desert while He was tempted by the devil.
Although family members say Manyuka, who is from the Zimuto communal areas in southeastern Zimbabwe, was steadfast in his faith in the Lord, authorities said he died after no more than 30 days of refraining from food and water in the mountains. more >>
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has said that the Planned Parenthood videos exposing employees discussing the sell of aborted babies' body parts have "shocked the conscience" of those who have seen them, and expose "how deep the darkness" of the abortion industry goes.
"The Planned Parenthood videos have shocked the conscience of those who are watching them," Moore said in a video for The Gospel Coalition.
"[The videos] are telling the American conscience 'this is what you're doing to innocent, vulnerable, unborn neighbors.'" more >>