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July 9, 2019: Student wins appeal, deportation, megachurch pastor has cancer

July 9, 2019: Student wins appeal, deportation, megachurch pastor has cancer

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Here are the latest headlines, brought to you by The Christian Post.

—Expelled Christian student wins appeal

A Christian student who was expelled by the University of Sheffield for saying on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin recently won his appeal.

The Court of Appeal in England ruled in favor of Felix Ngole, two years after a Deputy High Court judge had upheld the university’s right to expel him from a master’s degree program in social work.

The appeals court ruled that the university “wrongly confused the expression of religious views with the notion of discrimination.” The school has been ordered to hold a new hearing for Ngole.

—One million immigrants may be deported

Immigration officials are ready to deport around one million people who entered the U.S. illegally, according to Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“They've been all the way through the due process and have final removal orders,” said Cuccinelli.

President Donald Trump announced last month that immigration raids would begin after July 4.

—Liberal UMC regional body rejects cutting funds to overseas conservative churches

A liberal regional body of the United Methodist Church rejected a proposal to cut funds intended to help churches overseas. The California-Nevada Annual Conference also voted against withdrawing from the denomination.

The regional body said withholding funds from Methodists outside of the U.S. would be racist.

“In fact, this withholding is primarily expressed in Caucasian congregations whose perception is that their entitlement to control others with money is an expression of white privilege,” the Conference said.

The vote comes months after United Methodists reaffirmed its stance against same-sex marriage and the ordination or noncelibate homosexuals.

—Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell has cancer

Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell, who leads the 15,000-member Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, revealed that he was diagnosed with stage 1 prostate cancer.

The megachurch pastor, who served as a spiritual adviser to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, encouraged others to take care of their health.

—Churches affected by 7.1-magnitude quake in California

First Baptist Church in Trona, California, reported “lots of damage” as a result of the 7.1-magnitude earthquake Friday night.

There were no injuries.

It was the biggest earthquake to hit the state in 20 years. Governor Gavin Newsom requested a Presidential Emergency Declaration for Direct Federal Assistance to support emergency response and recovery.

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