Tampa Church Sends Financial Notice to Member: She Has to Pay to Pray

A letter from the aptly-named Greater Mount Moriah Primitive Baptist Church in Tampa, Florida is exposing the leadership as more interested in money than members.

Earlier this month, Candace Petterson received this notice reminding her to pay up or else:

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Gay Chaplaincy Staffer at Wheaton College Resigns Over Celibacy Issue

Last year, Wheaton College, an evangelical Christian school outside of Chicago, hired Julie Rodgers (below) to work as an “associate for spiritual care” in the Chaplain’s Office. What made that hire a little surprising was that Rodgers was openly gay… but it was okay because she made clear that she was and would remain celibate. In the evangelical world, that sort of warped ideology was accepted.

But that all changed this week when Rodgers announced she had slowly realized a change in attitude on that issue. She no longer believed celibacy ought to be a requirement for gay Christians. To that end, she also announced her resignation from Wheaton:

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Gay Pastor Forced to Resign from Methodist Church Whose Membership He Quadrupled

Just add this to the pile of stories of Christian church leaders “loving the sinner but hating the sin” by firing the sinner for existing.

Reverend Benjamin Hutchison resigned from the United Methodist Church in Cassopolis, Michigan after the leadership there said they were going to fire him if he didn’t leave on his own. His crime? He’s in a same-sex relationship:

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Egyptian Atheist, Sentenced to Prison but Hiding from Police, is Now Releasing Pro-Science YouTube Videos

Sherif Gaber is the 20-year-old Egyptian who was arrested in 2013 for starting a Facebook group that included posts about his own deconversion out of Islam. (The police “investigation,” if you want to call it that, was a complete joke.)

This past February, he was given a one-year prison sentence for his “crimes.” But before that time could be served, Gaber was released on bail… and that’s when he ran away.

His whereabouts are unknown.

But he’s not just hiding out, doing nothing. Over the past couple of weeks, Gaber has been releasing some (really good) YouTube videos! Turn on the English subtitles when possible and check these out:

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Woman Taken to Jail After Saying Jesus Would Pay Her Restaurant Bill

When April Lee Yates ate dinner at Bennetts Calabash seafood restaurant in Myrtle Beach (South Carolina) on Sunday night, she had no money and no intention of paying. It certainly didn’t help when she started to “cause a disturbance” with other customers after several hours there.

But don’t worry. She had a plan.

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