Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns


Originally posted on CNN Belief Blog:

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor

(CNN) – Less than a year ago, Mark Driscoll, an evangelical pastor, was flying high.

His hometown Seattle Seahawks were in the Super Bowl, and the brash pastor scored a big, faith-fueled interview with five of the team’s top players, including quarterback Russell Wilson.

But in a remarkably fast fall from grace, Driscoll resigned Tuesday as pastor of Mars Hill Church, a congregation he founded 18 years ago and turned into a force in the mostly secular Pacific Northwest.

In a statement, Mars Hills’ board of overseers said Driscoll hadn’t committed any acts of “immorality, illegality or heresy” — sins that have felled many a powerful pastor.

Instead, the board said, Driscoll is guilty of “arrogance, responding to conflict with a quick temper and harsh speech, and leading the staff and elders in a domineering manner.”

Driscoll was not asked to leave…

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India: Persecution News Update


The links below are to articles reporting on persecution news from India.

For more visit:
- http://www.ecumenicalnews.com/article/christian-persecution-feared-in-indian-state-after-church-is-razed-26701
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http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Madhya-Pradesh:-anti-Christian-violence-unacceptable-32381.html

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Iran.

For more visit:
http://www.ncr-iran.org/en/news/human-rights/17317-iran-three-christians-arrested-including-actor-making-movie-on-jesus

Pakistan: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Pakistan.

For more visit:
http://www.crossmap.com/news/amidst-political-turmoil-continuing-blasphemy-charges-for-pakistani-christians-12598

Ukraine: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Ukraine.

For more visit:
http://www.christiantoday.com/article/ukraine.christians.threatened.with.firing.squads.and.pastors.held.hostage/41224.htm

Kuwait: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article that reports on persecution news from Kuwait.

For more visit:
http://blog.opendoorsusa.org/world-watch-list-challenge-38-kuwait/

‘“God Bless” is very offensive to me’: ‘Viking with a Ph.D’ in rant after Christian’s job application


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Canada: Persecution News Update

Originally posted on National Post | News:

VANCOUVER — They are descended from Vikings, most of the senior employees at Amaruk Corp., a Norwegian-based wilderness expedition outfit with operations in western Canada. Some are battle-tested warriors. Amaruk “greatly values the experience and skills acquired in the military,” reads a jobs notice on the company’s English language website.

Things it does not tolerate: Long hair and braids on male workers, except on First Nations people and “individuals of Viking ancestry who are free to keep their beard [sic] braided.”

Christians won’t feel welcome either.

“The Norse background of most of the guys at the management level means that we are not a Christian organization, and most of us see Christianity as having destroyed our culture, tradition, and way of life,” Amaruk’s hiring manager, Olaf Amundsen, wrote last month to Vancouver-area job applicant Bethany Paquette, the first in a series of bizarre, angry emails sent from company officials in Norway.

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