Charles Jenkins, pastor of the historic Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Ill., and writer of the popular worship song "Awesome," which has become an anthem in churches across the United States, is now at the center of an embarrassing scandal after a woman released a nude photo of him online in an alleged extortion plot.
A report from EEW Magazine News describes the unidentified woman as a disgruntled ex-employee who is trying to get Jenkins to pay money owed to her. The report, based on details revealed by ObnoxiousTV, alleges that the woman may have been more than just an employee to Jenkins.
"Allegedly, the woman attempted to blackmail God's called servant and demanded $20,000 in cash to keep his secrets secret (rumored she might actually be owed the money as compensation for her employment). However, according to conjecture, she was only paid half and the remaining balance was not delivered as planned," noted the ObnoxiousTV report. more >>
Michael Farris, the chairman and cofounder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, has criticized the biblical patriarchy beliefs of his former HSLDA colleague and Vision Forum founder, Doug Phillips, and said he regrets not speaking out against him sooner.
Michael Farris, an attorney who also founded Patrick Henry College, has expressed remorse for not making it clear sooner that he did not condone Phillips' views.
"There was no way that I could have known that Doug was involved in sexual misconduct, but I knew that he was involved in unscriptural views about women in his teaching," Farris wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, referring to Phillips' admission last year that he had cheated on his wife. more >>
A group of renowned Christian leaders led by National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez plan to meet at the first Una Voz (One Voice) convention in San Diego later this month to address issues most important to the Latino evangelical community.
"There is no better time to lay the groundwork and work toward reconciling the vertical and horizontal planes of the Christian message," Rodriguez said in a statement about the two-day conference on April 29-30. "We want to blend sanctification with service, conviction with compassion, the image of God with the habits of Christ, holiness and humility, John 3:16 and Matthew 25, and the prophetic with the practical."
The Una Voz conference will be NHCLC's will be the first major gathering where Rodriguez will also seek to reconcile evangelist Billy Graham's message of salvation with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, march of prophetic activism, as he is known to do with his advocacy efforts. more >>
The day pastor Robert McKeehan of Community Bible Church in High Point, N.C., hanged himself in what local police have called an apparent suicide, he gave no clue, at least on social media, that he was a man getting ready to die.
His Twitter timeline for Friday, April 11, before he was pronounced dead in his home, revealed a man who was health conscious and had his signature sense of humor on full display.
Here is how his day went, according to Twitter. more >>
Lewis G. Clinton Jr., the CFO of Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, was arrested and charged with embezzling more than $500,000 from his own church, the powerful and prestigious Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland, Calif.
The revelation has shocked both his church and professional family who learned that he bilked money meant for the poor to pay personal expenses, including golf club memberships, a luxury car, his mortgage and private school for his children, according to CBS San Francisco.
"Extreme surprise," said AC Transit's board president Greg Harper. "Never has there been any thought from any board member or any staff member that he might not be completely ethical." more >>
A Wisconsin-based atheist organization has sent a letter of complaint to Clemson University alleging that their football program includes "Christian worship."
The Freedom From Religion Foundation of Madison has warned Clemson University about the apparent religious content found in their football program.
In a letter sent out last week that was addressed to Clemson Senior Associate General Counsel Erin Swan Lauderdale, the FFRF outlined their argument that "Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson's football program." more >>