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  1. Stormy

    Word of Faith Fellowship

    http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/state/north-carolina/article134790299.html In short, the Word of Faith Fellowship is a church that's come under investigation for severe abuse, often manifesting as "blasting", where congregants literally beat the shit out of someone to expel demons. Sexual, spiritual, and emotional abuse also abound. Victims are trained from an early age to lie to authorities. Nearly all the members were encouraged to live in the same town so as to keep the community isolated. Most people interviewed for the article had been brought into the cult as children, and have been cut off from their families for leaving. In my area, too. Jeezy creezy.
  2. I'm familiar with this church. Lenexa is on the Kansas side of the Greater Kansas City area. And this is a mainstream/evangelical church. The perpetrator plead guilty to the criminal charges. In question here is the fact at the two victims - now under 16 and under 14 at the time of the abuse - remain anonymous during civil proceedings against the church. http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article88327962.html If true - I find the quoted appalling. I have volunteered in children's ministries. I have undergone background checks to serve in this manner. And have been part of at least one ministry where the attempt was made to always have a teacher and helper with kids at all times. Where teens have been monitored.
  3. So after they starved him they thought god would bring him back. the evil in this act is amazing. http://www.salon.com/2015/04/14/this_is ... socialflow On March 26, Texas police responded to an anonymous tip claiming that a 2-year-old boy had died from starvation almost one week earlier. Instead of seeking medical help, the tipster claimed that the toddler’s guardians had taken him to a service at Congregacional Pueblo de Dios where they attempted to perform a “rising ceremony†to bring him back to life, thinking he was possessed by demons. A video has since surfaced of Aracely Meza, the church’s secretary, praying and chanting over the child’s dead body. When the ceremony fails, she can be seen crying over the boy. After the ceremony, the parents reportedly wrapped the child in a blanket and took him to Mexico for burial. Meza, who is not related to the toddler, has since been arrested and charged with injury to a child by omission. The child’s parents have not been located. NBC News’ M. Alex Johnson reports: Congregacional Pueblo De Dios, which was formed in 2007, is affiliated with the Hispanic Conference of the Congregational Holiness Church, a Pentecostal denomination based in Griffin, Georgia. The evangelical denomination was created by a schism in the Pentecostal movement in the 1920s.
  4. Sophie's Mommie

    Metropolitan Community Church- LGBTQI

    I started this thread, as I really didn't want to list this church under "other". The Metropolitan Community Church was started in the late 1960's and serves the LGBTQI communities: MCChurch.org
  5. I went to my (UU) church's annual goods and services auction this evening. Folks raffled off things like pet sitting, baked goods, household repair work, yoga lessons--you name it. I left with the most awesome one of all: The minister is going to present a sermon on the topic of my choice! You may rest assured that the topic will NOT be any of the following: patriarchy, "traditional" marriage, infralapsarianism vs. supralapsarianism, credobaptism vs. paedobaptism, militant fecundity, or multigenerational faithfulness. Any suggestions? I'd love to hear from all of you!
  6. http://www.salon.com/2013/03/05/indiana ... e_partner/ Always nice to hear....
  7. ladyamylynn

    Young woman at Maxwell's "church"

    On the post dated July 19th, there is a photo from the Maxwell's nursing home "church" of a pleasant-looking young woman with brown curly hair, posing with one of "the elderly." I'm a little surprised that Steve-o would allow this! Does anyone recognize her? Could she be a potential match for John?
  8. HoneyBunny

    Baby Joshua

    His first trip out was to meet the Elderly at church. Little does he know that this is as exciting as his life will get. Crawl, Joshua, crawl! Or roll. Or something to get the hell away from there. (And take your mommy and cousins with you).
  9. So those crazy Calvinists are now posting clever little lists about why lesser Christions should not join a reformed church. The smugness, it burns. http://reformedbaptistfellowship.org/20 ... st-church/
  10. Sunnichick31

    Baptist churches

    What are the differences between the various Baptist churches. I know there is IFB and Southern Baptist (I was raised as an SB, but we stopped going to church when I was pretty young, like, 8 or so, then started going again when I was around 10, then stopped again a while later because we kept moving around and Mom hated finding new churches) Anyway, the other day when I was driving I saw a sign for the association of regular baptist churches and somehting about a regular baptist press too. What's the difference between SBs, IFBs, and regular Baptists? (I had never even heard of RBs before I saw that sign!)
  11. sriracha

    I Reviewed My Old Church

    I haven't talked much about myself or my experiences in my old church much here. I think it's because I left almost five years ago and am largely over it; as a happy atheist I can look back with the ol' 20/20 hindsight and it's sometimes almost funny, yanno? But make no mistake, we all have our baggage and I guess we never really let go of it, we just learn to stow it well in the overhead compartment. My former fundy days are just one of my carryon bags. I am not sure why I am thinking about it today, I do still think about it occasionally and still do find a lot of things interesting about discussions of religion. Anyway before I digress further, I wrote a review of my old church on YellowPages and I thought you guys might enjoy it. http://www.yellowpages.com/bremerton-wa ... d=17780598
  12. A Texas church is fundraising for a Nigerian Pentecostal preacher who encourages child abuse and the murder of children she accuses of being witches. PZ Mayer has post about it: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/page/4/
  13. Free2BeMe

    The Duggars home church

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  14. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2 ... -children/ Very interesting article. I know a couple of people who are doing that too.
  15. I know on a a Duggar episode, they visited this church. I was wondering if anyone knew if it had any Gothard or Fundie connections? Here it is... wwwDOTbethelministriesDOTorg/pastorsDOThtm
  16. On tonight's show, they mentioned that before they started "home-churching" with other families, that they belonged to a mega-church in Arkansas. Anyone know what church they were part of? Also-- I found it interesting that Michelle finally admitted to them being Baptists.
  17. I wonder if we will see more home church problems in the future? Man accused of killing wife, wounding 2 pastors MIKE SCHNEIDER Published: Sep 18, 2011 5:21 PM LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Derrick Foster was kneeling in prayer when the gunman burst through the front door of Greater Faith Christian Center Church. He heard shooting, then screams. A former church member is accused of critically wounding the church's pastor and associate pastor as close to 20 people prayed between Sunday services. Authorities and relatives said Jeremiah Fogle shot his wife to death at his house, where he had started his own church, before continuing the rampage a block away at Greater Faith. Foster, a teacher in the ministry, got up and saw the man near the pulpit, turning around with the gun in his hand. "The first thing in my mind was, 'I have to take this gun away,'" he said. The Polk County sheriff's office said Foster and another man tackled the gunman and one of the church members struck the suspect in the head with a microphone stand. "He had a great grip on the gun," Foster said. "My plan was, as soon as he hit the floor, it would cause him to drop it. But he didn't drop it." He said it took three or four minutes of struggling with the gunman before he finally wrested the weapon away. The gunman had six live rounds in his pocket. "He was prepared to shoot even more," Sheriff Grady Judd said, adding that the people who tackled him "were really heroes." Pastor William Boss and associate pastor Carl Stewart were shot from behind, authorities said. Boss, who was shot in the head, and Stewart, shot three times in the back and ear, were in critical condition Sunday. No one else at the church was hurt. "Of all the places you should be safe, you should be safe in a house of worship," Judd said. "Especially on a Sunday morning." As deputies began investigating, a church member advised that they check on Fogle's wife, who lived with him a block away in a neighborhood of mobile homes, humble houses and industrial shops. Investigators and relatives say 56-year-old Theresa Fogle was found slain inside, apparently killed before her husband went to the church. "We don't know exactly why he went in to this mad rage," Judd said. Officials said Jeremiah Fogle would be charged with murder and could face additional charges. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney. Theresa Fogle's sister Maria Beauford said the couple married in 2002 and ran a transportation business together. They had been members of Greater Faith Christian Center Church, where the shootings happened, but had started their own ministry out of their house and regularly hosted Sunday services, Beauford said. Beauford said she had never known Jeremiah Fogle to be violent toward her sister. He had been sick over the past year and had back surgery, and Theresa Fogle nursed him back to health, Beauford said. She said her brother-in-law was always smiling at family gatherings. "We have no idea what his motive was," she said. "We just have no idea." Jeremiah Fogle's older brother, Collis Fogle Jr., said that the couple seemed to have gotten along well. "It's so sad," he said. "I've been trying to call to figure out what went wrong." Neighbors said they often saw Fogle outside with his wife, mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. "They would cut up and laugh," Doreen Carroll, who lives a couple of blocks away, told The Ledger of Lakeland (http://bit.ly/rdCwfa). Several police cars and police tape blocked off the red-brick church and the street in front. Boss, the pastor, is a caring leader who has "a gift from God to speak," said Reese King, a friend of Boss and the sports director at a local radio station. ___ Associated Press writer Christine Armario contributed to this report from Miami.
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