Deacons sue to evict Alabama pastor who won’t leave after confessing to affairs with women in the church


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Rev. Juan D. McFarland is described as a man of “passion, prayer and purpose” in a three-paragraph summary on the website of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. The site concludes by saying such an overview “does not begin to tell his story.”

Parishioners realized just how true that was in recent weeks, when McFarland dropped the bombshells: He had had affairs with several women in the parish — inside the church — but neglected to tell them he had AIDS.

“It was surprise, shock, but I think the leadership team did not react wanting to get him out. We wanted to get him help,” said James Long, vice chairman of the board of trustees.

McFarland refused — and in a later sermon dropped another bombshell: He had been abusing drugs.

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

AP Photo / Brynn Anderson

That was enough. A church document shows members voted 80-1 to…

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Mark Driscoll, top megachurch pastor, resigns


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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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