Died Harold O. J. Brown, professor of theology and philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Brown, 73, spoke forcefully against abortion and in 1975 founded the Christian Action Council, which became Care Net. He had also served on the faculty of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and worked on the editorial staffs of Christianity Today, Human Life Review, The Religion and Society Report, and Chronicles.
Arrested Pastor Kojo Nana Obiri-Yeboah, after trying to clear an electric shock machine at Entebbe Airport in Uganda. Authorities said the minister from Ghana may have used the machine, which is sold at magic shops, to make worshipers believe he had supernatural healing powers. But the pastor said the device was a toy for his daughter. According to The Monitor in Kampala, police have been investigating evangelical churches as allegations of fraud have increased.
Fled Canon Andrew White, from Iraq after receiving death threats. The threats came after he worked to secure the release of five British hostages kidnapped in May at the Iraqi Finance Ministry. White, executive director of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East, led the country's only Anglican church.
Died Tammy Faye Messner, after a public bout with cancer. She was 65. Messner co-hosted Praise the Lord Club with her husband, Jim Bakker, in 1987 when word of his adultery surfaced. She divorced Bakker while he served prison time on federal fraud and conspiracy charges in connection with the Christian theme park Heritage USA. Even as cancer racked her body, Messner lingered in the public eye, appearing on talk shows testifying to God's faithfulness.
Died Ray Ortlund, head of Renewal ...1
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