*Pastor Jamal H. Bryant of Empowerment Temple AME Church in Baltimore, Md., says that Ebony magazine has apologized after he openly rebuked the African-American publication for reporting a rumor that the charismatic minister had impregnated a 17-year-old member of his congregation in 2007, says the Christian Post.
Bryant, 41, had taken the magazine to task in an open letter and said that “a hole” had been left in his heart after the rumor was published in the “Scandalous!” section of Ebony’s March 2013 issue, which hit newsstands earlier this month.
“Thankfully Ebony magazine expressed a verbal apology as well as a written statement of clarification – which Dr. Bryant has accepted,” Nicole S. Kirby, Pastor Bryant’s public relations director, shared on Monday with the Christian Post.
Read the full story here.
*A suburban Chicago pastor is being accused of sexually assaulting a child.
Authorities said the Rev. Donald Jung of the Second Baptist Church in La Grange was arrested and charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child.
He was to appear in bond court Saturday.
A colleague at the church tells the Chicago Sun-Times that he is surprised by the allegations.
The Rev. Lynn Lacey said Jung is “an honest person” and the accusations do not reflect the man he knows.
*An Arizona pastor is under arrest for allegedly dealing drugs.
Deputies arrested Mark Derksen of Fountain Hills, and say he was selling heroin, meth and prescription drugs to people of all ages.
As a pastor, Derksen, 63, worked with youth groups and senior citizens.
Although his Faith Mountain Christian Church in Fountain Hills is closed, Derksen was still active in the community.
After receiving tips about Derksen, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office put together an undercover sting operation in which deputies were able to buy drugs. Investigators say they witnessed 30 other people buy drugs at the pastor’s apartment in a single day.
Rev. Michel Louis
*The head of Egyptian security in North Sinai and the kidnapper said two Massachusetts natives and their Egyptian tour guide, abducted four days ago, have been released.
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Gen. Ahmed Bakr, head of security in North Sinai, said the three were now in the protection of Egyptian security officials in Sinai.
“The three hostages have been released. They are at security headquarters with us now, in good condition. The negotiations succeeded but we did not give in to the kidnapper’s demands, ” said General Ahmed Bakr, Head of North Sinai Security.
The kidnapper, Jirmy Abu-Masuh, said he freed the Rev. Michel Louis, 61, of Dorchester, and Lissa Alphonse, 39, of Everett, on Monday after officials promised they would work on releasing his uncle from prison.
He told The Associated Press by telephone after releasing the Americans that he wanted to grant them mercy, because they had nothing to do with his dispute with police.
“We are a people of mercy and they don’t have anything to do with this,” Abu-Masuh said, referring to the Americans. The three released captives later appeared at a police station in the northern Sinai city of el-Arish.
*A woman is accused of using God’s word as a weapon against her pastor in their Mid-South church.
A 63-year-old church member used a Bible to hit the pastor in the head after he told her and other members to leave or he would call the Sheriff.
“He’s got the demon in him,” Ina Garrett said.
Ina Garrett, a life-long member of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Selmer, Tennessee decided to knock that demon out of pastor Leon Taylor.
“One of the older church members came up and struck the pastor with a Bible,” McNairy County Sheriff Guy Buck said.
“I hit him in the head,” Garrett admitted.
The sheriff arrested 63-year-old Ina Garrett and charged her with assault.
The pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church showed us a photo of welts on the side of his head.
“Evil is evil,” Pastor Leon Taylor said. “You understand what I’m saying, and bullying is bullying and that’s what they have done.”
There is a rift among church members at Mount Zion. The members chose Pastor Taylor to lead the church a year ago.
*You’ll never believe it. Meagan Good is engaged; but not to any man. She’s getting married to 7th Day Adventist preacher (and movie producer) DeVon Franklin.
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Although she’s a sassy sex kitten on screen, don’t doubt she doesn’t know how to put her career on the shelf to be a good woman. In fact, she’s known to be a pretty pious woman.
According to TMZ, the 30-year-old actress is ready to tie the knot.
Good’s reps say that the man is a strict believer in the Bible and doesn’t compromise. Despite what anyone else thinks of the woman, he’s perfect for her.
He proposed last month in Los Angeles after the two have known each other for a few years.
They actually met on the set of TD Jakes’ 2011 film, “Jumping The Broom,” which he (DeVon) executive produced.
In the meantime, she’s somewhat changing her character image on screen with a slightly different kind of role for her in new film, “Think Like A Man.”
There’s no date for the wedding yet.