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South Korea: Founder of world's largest church embezzled funds

One of Seoul's most prominent pastors, David Yonggi Cho of Yoido Full Gospel Church, was convicted of embezzling $12 million in church funds in order to help his struggling son. A court ruled the 78-year-old had arranged to buy stock from his son at three times the market value and had evaded $3.2 million in taxes. Cho's three-year prison sentence was suspended, but he was fined $4.7 million. He apologized in a sermon, saying, "God forbid, if God calls me back today, I will still be able to go to the kingdom of God," according to China's The Gospel Herald.

Ukraine: Orthodox nation picks Baptist pastor as president

Ukraine's showdown with Russia over Crimea drew global attention after the Winter Olympics. So did its parliament's ousting of pro-Russia president Viktor Yanukovych after pro–European Union protests crippled Kiev. Overlooked was the unusual choice to lead the predominantly Orthodox nation until May elections: Oleksandr Turchynov, a well-known evangelical pastor and politician. "He preaches on a regular basis at one of the Baptist churches in Kiev," said Sergey Rakhuba, head of U.S.-based Russian Ministries. He thinks Turchynov, who helped end import taxes on Bibles, may change the post-Soviet mindset among newly proud evangelicals that "a true Christian can't necessarily be a politician."

Fired president sues CCCU over 'intentional failure' findings

Claiming his former employer breached his contract and tarnished his reputation, Edward O. Blews Jr. has sued the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Blews, fired less than 10 months into his presidency after ...

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