In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide

In the Name of God: The True Story of the Fight to Save Children from Faith-Healing Homicide

An anonymous caller tells a detective in a small Oregon town that a woman has just bitten off a man’s finger. But the man is not the victim, the caller says. The woman is. She’s being held against her will by a group of faith-healing fanatics who are trying to cure her depression with violent exorcisms.

 

The detective rescues her, but she is afraid to press charges against the people in her church.  Then the detective gets an even more ominous message: Children in the church have been dying mysteriously for years, and now several more are in immediate peril, facing blindness, disability, and death.

 

Unwilling to stand by and allow more children to suffer, the anonymous caller — a church insider — risks everything to work with three detectives and a lone prosecutor to fight faith-based child abuse, and to change the laws that protect its perpetrators. They are joined by a mother who’d suffered a faith-healing tragedy herself, and afterwards dedicated her life to saving others from the same fate.

 

Masterfully written by author Cameron Stauth, In the Name of God tells the true story of their heroic mission, which resulted in a historic series of sensational trials that exposed the darkest secret of American fundamentalism, and revealed the shameful political deals that have allowed thousands of children to die at the hands of their own parents — legally.

 

Though the battle against faith-healing abuse continues around the country, the victory in Oregon has lit the path to a better future, in which no child need die because of a parent’s beliefs.

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Pastors, Churches Fight Back As Attendance Slips …

(PRWEB) February 13, 2006

With mainstream denominations struggling, and weekly worship attendance declining (down to 43% of respondents in 2004, from 49% in 1991), pastors and churches are increasingly turning to modern secular marketing methods to attract the faithful.

The days when churches could simply open their doors and people would flock in just because it was someplace to go, are mostly gone.

Increasingly, churches and ministries now have to not only compete with a wide, wide world of secular temptations, but often with each other as well.

Prospective worshippers will no longer sit still for the spiritual “hard sell”. They want options. They want spiritual experiences that speak to their personal needs.

In short, church is no longer an experience that most people are willing to endure, just because it is “expected”.

In response to an increasing chorus from pastors and religious leaders desperate to stop the bleeding, a whole new public relations industry has been born.

Going by the terms “church marketers”, “ministry marketers”, or “church development coaches”, these (often secular) public relations and marketing professionals seek to help churches reverse their often precipitous decline, by employing many of the same methods and communications channels now used to sell everything from luxury cars to breakfast cereal.

Utilizing such diverse marketing channels as radio, television, newspapers, magazines, outdoor advertising, and the Internet, church marketers are helping traditionally publicity-adverse churches to “reach out”, and to get their message to non-attenders, church “shoppers”, and the unchurched, all of whom presently make up nearly 60% of the US population.

Churches are quickly adopting modern technologies as well. Inexpensive digital video equipment, for example, along with local cable access channels, is enabling churches to reach a vast stay-at-home audience.

The popularity of devices such as the Ipod for example are enabling many churches to reach a younger, technologically “hip” audience with services and programs made available for download and “podcasting”.

Reaction among churches has been mixed. Like doctors and lawyers before them, many church leaders are decrying the trend toward advertising and “consumerism” of religion, arguing against the adoption of secular marketing methods and language.

Others argue that marketing is essentially the same process as evangelism, and that there is nothing inherently wrong with emulating the most successful methods of the secular business world, as long as those methods are congruent with the spiritual and moral values of the church.

One website in particular addresses the problem head-on, with resources designed to help pastors and church leaders to identify with and better adapt themselves, and their institutions, to adopt a “customer”-oriented approach, and thus increase attendance and worship participation.

Their report, “Evangelism and the Art of Church Ministry Marketing” is available for free reading and download at their website, http://Double-Your-Church-Attendance.com/index.php/main , along with other articles and resources for pastors and church leaders interested in church growth.

Christopher B. Nelson-Jeffers is CEO of Breckshire Communications, and publishes a free Church Growth Tips newsletter for professional pastors and other church leaders. More information is available at http://Double-Your-Church-Attendance.com

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Bishop Eddie Long pledges to fight accusations

Bishop Eddie Long pledges to fight accusations
Addressing the congregation at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, Bishop Eddie Long said he will fight allegations that he lured young men into sexual relationships.
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Bishop says he will fight sex charges
ATLANTA, Sept. 26 (UPI) — Bishop Eddie Long went before members of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church near Atlanta Sunday, and said he will fight claims he had sex with young men. Eddie Long – Baptist – Atlanta – Bishop Eddie Long – Bishop
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Bishop Eddie Long vows to fight lawsuit accusations
Long, speaking to the massive congregation packed into the Atlanta-area New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, said that “this is probably the most difficult time” of his entire life, but he intends to fight the allegations against him. Prominent U.S. evangelical leader Bishop Eddie Long vowed on Sunday to fight accusations he coerced four young male members of his mega-church into sexual …
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Rock Hill cutting off water in annexation fight

Rock Hill cutting off water in annexation fight
ROCK HILL, S.C. — Some residents in Miller Pond will get flags in their yards Thursday, indicating that the city of Rock Hill will cut off their water on Monday. The neighborhood is holding an emergency homeowners’ association meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Harvest Baptist Church. It’s all part of an annexation debate that’s been going on since July between the neighborhood and the city …
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‘Church Basement Ladies:’ bonding over the baking
A lot of Minnesota Nice will be happening at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre when the “Church Basement Ladies” arrive on Thursday. They are the ladies at West Cornucopia Lutheran Church in rural Minnesota, circa 1965, who work tirelessly in the kitchen, preparing meals for weddings, funerals, holida…
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Local Church Notes
JUBILATION CELEBRATIONA Jubilation Celebration is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at Immanuel Baptist Church, 1241 Cypress St. The Jubilation Celebration allows Christians to freely perform the talents God has blessed them with in a “nondenominational” atmosphere. Talents include song, dance, instrumental, drama, skits or personal testimony.A barbecue fellowship will follow the event. For more, call Chad …
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Free Seminar: How to Fight a Housing Court Case


New York, NY (PRWEB) October 8, 2008

The public is invited to Steven De Castro’s free seminar “How to Fight a Housing Court Case,” which will be held on October 23 and is hosted by Trinity Church. Registration is required and admission is free.

Register today at http://decastroinstitute.com

“HOW TO FIGHT A HOUSING COURT CASE” by Steven De Castro will be held on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. The location is 74 Trinity Place, Manhattan, NY, behind Trinity Church, near the subway stations for the R and W to Rector Street, or any train to the World Trade Center.

Free registration required. To register, go to http://decastroinstitute.com.

“Get informed before you walk into the courthouse.”

As an extra, Mr. De Castro will give a workshop on “How to Tell a Persuasive Story in Court.”

About Steven De Castro:

Tenant Lawyer Steven De Castro has empowered hundreds of New York Tenants to fight their evictions. As an accomplished civil trial lawyer, Mr. De Castro was a regular guest commentator for CourtTV, appearing live to describe trials in progress. His three-attorney law firm (http://manhattanfirm.com) represents New York tenants exclusively.

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