Command and control

Florida | Harvest Bible Chapel fires pastor at recently acquired church
by Julie Roys
Posted 1/31/19, 12:27 pm

On Jan. 16, elders at the Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel announced that Senior Pastor James MacDonald would take an “indefinite sabbatical.” The announcement came a month after WORLD detailed accusations by former elders and staff members that MacDonald and other leaders at the multicampus church had fostered a culture of deception and intimidation (see “Hard times at Harvest,” Dec. 29, 2018).

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Highlands County Sheriff’s Office

Five dead in Florida bank shooting

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 1/24/19, 11:07 am

A gunman killed five people inside a Florida bank on Wednesday before a SWAT team arrested him, according to police. Investigators have not offered a possible motive, and a police spokesman said he didn’t know if the attack began as a robbery. Zephen Xaver, 21, called police to report that he had fired shots inside the SunTrust Bank branch in Sebring, Fla. He then barricaded himself inside, and when negotiations failed, the SWAT team entered the building and captured him. Authorities did not immediately identify the victims.

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Alliance Defending Freedom

Christian school appeals zoning fight to Supreme Court

Religious Liberty | Lawyers say the city should treat religious and nonreligious groups the same
by Steve West
Posted 1/22/19, 04:01 pm

A private Christian school in Ohio has taken its eight-year battle for a new campus to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, Tree of Life Christian Schools in Upper Arlington, Ohio, petitioned the justices to review a lower court ruling upholding the city’s denial of zoning approval.

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