Charity

Same old scam?

Charity | Even some Pentecostals are skeptical of Todd Bentley's tent revival
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 6/28/08, 12:00 am

Canadian Todd Bentley doesn't look much like a minister. The 32-year-old has body piercings and tattoos on his arms and neck, and he often dresses in black.

But a minister of the gospel he is, or claims to be-and those claims have become the real story of a series of meetings Bentley is holding in Lakeland, Fla.

Bentley's British Columbia-based Fresh Fire Ministries arrived in Lakeland on April 2 for five days of revival meetings at a local church. These services would be broadcast on God TV, a satellite network with a worldwide viewership.

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Alabama Gov. Bob Riley as a Salvation Army volunteer

Communities that give

Charity | Study attempts to identify factors that make some communities more generous than others
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 6/14/08, 12:00 am

Birmingham and Memphis have it. Pittsburgh and San Antonio don't. Or, at least, they don't have as much.

"It" is generosity. A new study, sponsored by the Albuquerque-based Tijeras Foundation (TF), attempts to establish a benchmark for generosity and to identify factors that make some communities more generous than others-with the hope of transforming less generous communities into more generous ones.

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The tall Grass(ley)

Charity | Taking cover from a Senate investigation could mean subpoenas for ministries
by Rusty Leonard & Warren Cole Smith
Posted 5/31/08, 12:00 am

On May 2, a group of 20 conservative and Christian activists sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee expressing concern over Sen. Charles Grassley's investigation of six televangelists. The letter says Grassley ignored normal processes and targeted organizations that "share the same branch of evangelicalism and . . . promote socially conservative public policy positions."

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