This week’s post from R.A. Absalom concerns the ending of the world according to the Bible. At various points the Bible claims “It will happen soon” or “It will be delayed” or “It already happened” or… Well, go check it out.
The former pastor and co-founder of North Clackamas Bible Community was sentenced to 160 months in prison after he was found guilty for sex abuse, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced Tuesday.
Michael Sperou, 72, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration on May 19. It’s the third time since 2015 that Sperou has been tried for sexual abuse.
Sperou repeatedly sexually abused seven young girls at the church he pastored from 1988 to 1996, Schmidt said. He was arrested on June 19, 2014, by federal officers. The 12-person jury in the third trial delivered a unanimous guilty verdict on May 19.
Officials from the Davis School District, which educates 72,000 students north of Salt Lake City, said at a board meeting Tuesday that the district had determined the sacred text was age-appropriate for all district libraries. In allowing the Bible to be accessible to students regardless of their grade level, the board sided with 70 people who filed appeals after it was banned last month.
Republican Ken. Ivory, the lawmaker who sponsored the state’s “sensitive materials” law at first opposed the Bible’s removal and called the challenge “a mockery.” He later said the text was best read at home but ultimately pushed for its return to schools. “The magnitude of the value of the Bible as a literary work outweighs any violence or profanity which may be contained in the book,” Davis School District Board Vice President Brigit Gerrard said.
Founding pastor of Regeneration Nashville, Kent Christmas, has slammed the idea that God wants Christians to be happy and “never suffer” as a “hellish doctrine” being driven by lazy Christians.
“There has been a hellish doctrine that has gotten loose in the church that says God wants you to be happy, never suffer, never walk in sacrifice. But I’m telling you, there is a price to pay,” said Christmas in a recent sermon in which the Pentecostal church leader lamented the dedication of American Christians to the faith.
Christmas, who was reacting to unfounded claims that the state of Vermont was allowing babies to be killed up to 21 days after birth, began speaking in tongues and declared that he is at “war with evil” and is ready to die fighting for the Gospel.
A Geauga County pastor has pleaded guilty to sex crimes relating to the abuse of minors. Under a plea agreement reached Wednesday, Dennis W. Laferty, 37, of Tiro, in Crawford County, could face up to 10 years in prison on the two felony counts of gross sexual imposition to which he pleaded Wednesday, as well as two months in jail on a misdemeanor count of sexual imposition. He could also be subject to five years of probation upon release and be made to register as a tier II sex offender. The offenses to which Laferty pleaded happened between November 2019 and January 2023 in Geauga County, according to his indictment.
The former pastor of a church in Andreas was jailed Wednesday after being charged by West Penn Twp. police with indecent assault involving three juvenile girls between 2007 and 2012.
Marvin Leroy Mosley, 43, of 101 College Ave., Milroy, Mifflin County, was arraigned on two felony counts each of indecent assault of a person under the age of 13 and corruption of minors where the defendant is age 18 or above; and two misdemeanor counts of a person under the age of 16.
Mosley is no longer a pastor at the United Methodist Church in West Penn Twp., but at the time of his arrest was serving at a church outside of Schuylkill County.
More details on that story from Wilkes-Barre’s NBC affiliate:
As stated in court documents, on April 27 of this year, the victim told police she and two other females had been sexually assaulted by Mosley. Police say the first victim was assaulted by Mosley from the time she was seven, until she was 15.
Court documents state the incident began with gestures such as Mosley pulling hair and tickling, and then led to him exposing and touching their private areas. The affidavit says Mosley would often take the girls on four-wheeler rides in the woods where he would hug them and press his body against theirs.
Police say during an interview with Mosley, he admitted he did sexually assault the three victims for 15 years, switching from one girl to the other. Mosley says he was starving for sex and he would get aroused when they would walk in the room and while playing with them, police say.
Once again, most of these stories originally appeared on JoeMyGod’s web site.