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


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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Wife of jailed American pastor lobbies Iran for his release, says her family has been ‘torn apart’


Originally posted on The Lead with Jake Tapper:

His daughter just celebrated her seventh birthday, a second celebration without her father.

She asks her mother how many more birthdays until dad comes home.

“I don’t know what to tell her,” said her mother, Naghmeh Abedini.

It has been one year since the Iranian Revolutionary Guard took Naghmeh’s husband Saeed, a U.S. citizen of Iranian birth, and threw him in a prison in Tehran.

Saeed was arrested and charged in Iran during a visit in June 2012. The 32-year-old converted to Christianity from Islam and then became a pastor, living in Boise, Idaho. He has been detained in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison since late September.

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Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the condition of an American pastor jailed in Iran.

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http://christiannews.net/2013/08/15/american-pastor-imprisoned-in-iran-suffering-with-increasing-pain-from-internal-injuries/

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the latest information regarding an Iranian pastor in prison in Iran.

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Ambiguity in Appeal Court’s Decision: Pastor’s Attorney Says

Nigeria: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the kidnapping and forced conversion of a pastor’s daughter to Islam.

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Pastor’s Daughter in Nigeria Allegedly Kidnapped, Forced to Convert to Islam

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution news from Iran, where a Christian pastor has been jailed for his faith.

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http://aclj.org/iran/american-pastor-saeed-300-illegal-days-iranian-prison

India: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on persecution in India, where a Pentecostal pastor has been jailed for baptising a woman with her consent.

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http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Tamil-Nadu,-a-Pentecostal-pastor-in-prison-for-baptizing-a-woman-28528.html

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the release of a pastor from jail in Iran.

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http://www.bosnewslife.com/29325-breaking-news-iran-releases-pastor-of-largest-pentecostal-church-congregation-remains-closed

Iran: Persecution News Update


The link below is to an article reporting on the persecution of an American pastor in Iran.

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http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/more-beatings-for-american-pastor-in-iran/