Food mega ministry 'gleaned' money illegally
The family founders of Angel Food Ministries (AFM), a former $140-million distributor of discounted food boxes via churches, have pleaded guilty to money laundering. An FBI investigation that began in 2007 led to a 49-count indictment against Joe and Linda Wingo and their son, Andy, alleging they used AFM funds for personal expenses, collected kickbacks from vendors, and sold excess inventory for profit. Related lawsuits led AFM to shut down in 2011.
Is persecution in China getting better or worse?
CHINA Persecution of Christians in China increased significantly (42 percent) in 2012 as the nation's Communist government carried out a threephase plan to "completely wipe out house churches," according to ChinaAid's annual report. But other evangelical China watchers, such as China Source, attributed most incidents not to government hostility toward Christianity but to "an authoritarian regime obsessed with maintaining stability, … an immature legal system, and an [unchecked] security sector." Open Doors noted China has dropped from the Top 10 to No. 37 on its annual list of the world's worst persecutors.
Apologies over apologies for prayer
Matthew Harrison, president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS), admitted to causing a "debacle" after asking a Newtown, Connecticut, pastor to apologize for praying at an interfaith vigil for victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The LCMS prohibits members from taking part in worship services that blend the denomination's beliefs and practices with those of other faiths and Christian denominations. Harrison said he was just trying to maintain unity ...