Protestantism

Jerry Gross arrives at the federal courthouse in Asheville, NC., Friday, May 25, 2018. He and his son, who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina called Word of Faith Fellowship Church, pleaded guilty to the criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. (Jennifer Emert/WLOS via AP)
May 25, 2018 - 3:52 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A father and son who belong to a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina pleaded guilty Friday to federal criminal charges in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of a plan to keep money flowing into the church. As part of an...
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2010, file photo, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary President Paige Patterson poses for a photo in Fort Worth, Texas. The seminary's board of trustees said in a statement that Patterson was removed Wednesday, May 23, 2018, as president of the Texas seminary following allegations that he made abusive and demeaning comments to women. (Paul Moseley/Star-Telegram via AP)
May 23, 2018 - 9:26 am
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A former head of the Southern Baptist Convention was removed Wednesday as president of a Texas seminary following allegations of "unbiblical teaching" through sexist and demeaning comments to women who he suggests should tolerate abuse. The Southwestern Baptist Theological...
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, 2nd left, his wife Sara Netanyahu, left, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, 3rd left, US President's daughter Ivanka Trump, center, US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, attend the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
May 14, 2018 - 8:00 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — The opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem attracted more than a dozen Republican members of Congress, two billionaire GOP fundraisers and the president's eldest daughter, putting on a display of political muscle and Republican unity rare for the Trump era. Even as it sparked...
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FILE - In this July 1, 2017, file photo, pastor Robert Jeffress, of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, speaks as he introduces President Donald Trump during the Celebrate Freedom event at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. In a tweet Sunday, May 13, 2018, Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah says the prominent Baptist minister, Jeffress, shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he's a "religious bigot." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
May 14, 2018 - 12:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate candidate Mitt Romney of Utah says a prominent Baptist minister shouldn't be giving the prayer that opens the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem because he's a "religious bigot." In a tweet Sunday night, the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican presidential nominee...
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May 11, 2018 - 9:09 pm
Two members of a secretive evangelical church in North Carolina were charged Friday in an unemployment benefits scheme that former congregants have said was part of plan to keep money flowing into the church despite the struggling economy. As part of an ongoing investigation into physical and...
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In this April 30, 2018, photo, Jena Jones, Director of the Short Creek Dream Center, guides a tour through the renovated facility, formally the home of polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs in Hildale, Utah. The sprawling house surrounded by towering brick walls has been converted into a sober living center by Evangelical missionaries, the latest sign of the group’s dwindling control of the small community on the Utah-Arizona border. (Chris Caldwell/The Spectrum via AP)
May 04, 2018 - 3:59 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A sprawling 44-bedroom house surrounded by towering brick walls that was the home base for polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs has been converted into a sober living center by Evangelical missionaries. It's the latest sign of his group's dwindling control of the small...
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FILE - In this undated file photo, Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, stands in Izmir, Turkey. The trial of an American pastor imprisoned in Turkey, whose case is part of the quagmire of tense relations between Washington and Ankara, is set to begin Monday, April 16, 2018 in western Izmir province. Andrew Craig Brunson, an evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing 35 years in prison on the charges of “committing crimes on behalf of terror groups without being a member” and “espionage.” (DHA-Depo Photos via AP, File)
April 15, 2018 - 11:18 am
IZMIR, Turkey (AP) — An American pastor imprisoned in Turkey is going on trial for alleged terror ties and spying in a case that has increased tensions between Washington and Ankara. Andrew Craig Brunson, a 50-year-old evangelical pastor from North Carolina, is facing up to 35 years in prison on...
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Church leader Juarez de Souza Oliveira, right, linked to the U.S. based Word of Faith Fellowship, leaves the labor court after a hearing, in which prosecutors alleged that the church "reduced people to a condition analogous to slavery," in Franco da Rocha, in the greater Sao Paulo area, Brazil, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
April 11, 2018 - 6:06 pm
FRANCO DA ROCHA, Brazil (AP) — Minors remain at risk and are being forced to work against their will by a Brazilian church with ties to the U.S.-based Word of Faith Fellowship, a senior labor prosecutor said Wednesday after the initial hearing in a civil suit seeking the dissolution of the local...
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April 11, 2018 - 10:44 am
SOUTH BARRINGTON, Ill. (AP) — The founder of a Chicago-area evangelical church that grew to become one of the largest in the nation is stepping down, calling allegations that he touched and made lewd comments to female congregants a distraction. The Rev. Bill Hybels, 66, announced his immediate...
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ADDS LOCATION - In this March 28, 2018 photo, Chiwetel Ejiofor poses for a portrait in New York to promote his Netflix series, "Come Sunday," debuting on April 13. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)
April 10, 2018 - 12:20 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — If Pablo Picasso had a blue period and the Beatles went through a psychedelic phase, then Chiwetel Ejiofor is currently going through his religious period. The Oscar-nominated star of "12 Years a Slave" has gone from playing Peter the apostle in the upcoming biblical drama "Mary...
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