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School custodian is accused of attacking North Miami Beach elementary school student

Miami-Dade public schools was investigating an incident Friday involving a school custodian, who allegedly attacked an elementary school student both physically and verbally. Marie Saint-Lot’s son Samuel Jean-Poix is a fifth-grader at Gertrude K. Edelman Sabal Palm Elementary school in North Miami Beach. Jean-Poix told his mom that on May 16th a school custodian attacked him in the cafeteria and that several students witnessed it, Saint-Lot’s attorney Natasha Mayne said. A verbal disagreement allegedly turned physical. “The janitor began choking the child in the cafeteria,” Mayne said. “Then as the child struggled to pull away the janitor’s hand, he told the child that ‘he fights like a fa—.'” Miami-Dade County public schools spokesman John Schuster said the Gertrude K. Edelman Sabal Palm Elementary school employee was no longer at the school. “As of May 21, an official investigation has started about this matter through Miami Dade Public Schools,” Mayne said. The school employee was placed in an alternate assignment at a region office pending the outcome of the investigation, Schuster said. Saint-Lot said the school’s principal called her May 16th to tell her that an investigation regarding an incident between her son and a member of the custodial staff would begin May 19th. Three days after the …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Religion

Vatican media chief says the church can’t ignore social media

By David Gibson NEW YORK (RNS) “In our church we are always fishing inside the aquarium,” Archbishop Claudio Celli, head of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said. “And we forget that most fish are outside the aquarium.” The post Vatican media chief says the church can’t ignore social media appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Orthodox rabbis indicted in divorce shakedown scheme

By Richard Khavkine TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) Four Orthodox rabbis implicated in a torture-for-hire operation were indicted Thursday (May 22). The post Orthodox rabbis indicted in divorce shakedown scheme appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Christian

News: The Quick Take for May 23, 2014

By Larisa Kline Looking for something to watch this weekend? That, and more, in this week’s Quick Take. Streaming Picks Much Ado About Nothing, Joss Whedon’s modern take on the Shakespearean classic comedy, is newly available on Netflix streaming. For a throwback to a young Johnny Depp, check out the 1990’s cult classic Cry Baby now streaming on Netflix. Our classic pick of the week, the original Cheaper by the Dozen, doubles as a substitute for a family favorite and is also available on Netflix. And if your family is looking for something a little more current, Saving Mr. Banks, the new instant classic starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, is now available on Amazon Prime. Critics Roundup Critics are split on the new Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore rom com mash-up Blended, but in both camps, the good intentions of the film do not go unnoticed. Most critics are merely upset due to the downturn of Sandler’s once comedic genius seen in his other two collaborations with Barrymore. According to the Associated Press over at NPR, “Some of us are old enough to recall a time when Sandler made movies that were authentically funny, and didn’t merely earn laughs by reminding people of their most …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Quote of the Day: Former Catholic school teacher Richard Hague

By Ron Ribiat “I simply cannot believe that Jesus would require me to condemn my friends, nor that Jesus would require me to report any of my colleagues who supported, even loved, gay persons, nor do I believe for a moment that Jesus would punish me for my earlier ministry.” – Richard Hague, who retired from a 45-year career in The post Quote of the Day: Former Catholic school teacher Richard Hague appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Review: X-Men: Days of Future Past

By Jackson Cuidon The latest installment’s failure to actually focus on its characters is a giant, ironic misstep. mpaa rating:PG-13 (For sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.) Genre:Superhero Directed By: Bryan Singer Run Time: 2 hours 11 minutes Cast: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence Theatre Release:May 23, 2014 by 20th Century Fox X-Men: Days of Future Past is a disappointing entry in a film series that now stretches back 14 years and almost half as many movies. It’s disappointing mostly as a matter of pedigree; had Days of Future Past been made right after, say X-Men 3: The Last Stand, or the regrettable X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Days would seem like a genuine improvement. As it stands, though, the movie suffers from its placement after 20th Century Fox’s two most recent X-Men knockouts—the surprisingly adroit X-Men: First Class in 2011, and 2013’s (and this reviewer’s favorite X-Men iteration) The Wolverine. The greatest irony of Days is that it wouldn’t seem half so bad if it weren’t for the presence of movies like The Wolverine, which make explicit the problems that are implicit in movies like Days and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But first, some plot: it’s the indeterminate future, and …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Pompano Beach firefighter accused of shooting at man in drunken rage

A Pompano Beach firefighter was arrested in Palm Beach County after a night of boozing and foreplay with another man led her to open fire at him, deputies said. Janeen McKenzie, a 46-year-old firefighter employed by Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, was arrested Thursday. According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office arrest report, the incident occurred early Saturday morning after a night of drinking. Anthony Santos told deputies he met McKenzie at a bar and drove her home, where she invited him inside. Santos said she poured a glass of wine and continued to drink before they started to kiss and she showed him her bedroom. Santos, 35, said she insisted that he drink some wine, so he took a sip and placed the glass down. After a few minutes in the bedroom, they walked back to the hallway, where McKenzie pressed her body against his, kissed and hugged him. He said McKenzie pulled him closer, grabbed his hands and placed them around her neck. That’s when Santos pulled his hands away and began to leave because “things were getting weird,” he told deputies. Santos said McKenzie walked to the kitchen and poured a second glass of wine, so he moved her hand away and told …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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UN criticizes Vatican on sexual abuse but stops short of calling it torture

By Josephine McKenna ROME (RNS) The panel’s criticism was far more muted than a scathing February report from the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child that asserted that the Vatican had fostered “impunity” for abusers. The post UN criticizes Vatican on sexual abuse but stops short of calling it torture appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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An Update on My Preaching for a Small Church Pastor

By Ed Stetzer On Sunday, May 25, I’ll be preaching at The Branch in Canmore, Alberta, Canada Last week I threw out an offer. Basically, when I am on vacation, I like to take a little time to encourage a normal church. Here’s what I wrote: Since I am now pastoring a church, I preach most Sundays at Grace Church. However, once every six weeks or so, I preach somewhere else (and I tend to blog about that as I will soon about my recent preaching at Sojourn Church in Louisville and my forthcoming visit to Truro Church, the historic Episcopal Church in Fairfax, VA). In my world, I tend to speak at abnormal churches like the two I mentioned—and I am glad to do so. But, I want to make space in my life to always speak at a normal church—not the ones that make the news. A normal church has under 100 in attendance each week, might have a bivocational pastor, is probably plateaued or declining, and the pastor is tired. So, here’s the deal. I’m looking for a small church in the Banff area to encourage on Sunday, May 25th. Basically, I …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Ron Luce, World Magazine Debate Why Teen Mania Is One of America's Most Insolvent Charities

By Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra (UPDATED) Acquire the Fire leader says investigation ‘included false statements, errors and misperceptions.’ World reveals audit advice as evidence. Teen Mania’s finances are on the rocks. The Acquire the Fire organizer, recently named one of the most influential ministries of the 21st century, is currently No. 5 on Charity Navigator’s list of 10 Charities in Deep Financial Trouble—and has been on the list since December 2012. But why the ministry’s finances are so rocky has become a subject of public debate, after an in-depth investigation by World magazine of the foreclosure of Teen Mania’s sprawling campus headquarters—among the termination of its ECFA accreditation and other financial concerns—sparked a public rebuttal from cofounder and president Ron Luce. Luce said World‘s article—which detailed expenses such as $100,000 for T.D. Jakes to speak at a 2008 New York City event, $21,000 for his private jet, and $10,000 for gifts for Jakes’s family—”included false statements, errors and misperceptions regarding the current state of our ministry.” “Teen Mania never paid the stated amounts for guest speakers nor provided gifts as alleged,” Luce wrote in a public letter to alumni earlier this month. He also responded to a charge from a former Teen Mania development director, who said Luce …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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Video: Not in God’s Name

By Sally Morrow A new campaign called #NotInGodsName (Not In God’s Name) is an a public declaration to reject criminal acts in the name of God or any religion. The post Video: Not in God’s Name appeared first on Religion News Service. …read more Source: Religion news Service     ...
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Local News

2 arrested on prostitution charges at The Breakers

Police arrested two people on prostitution charges at a famed Palm Beach hotel known as a favorite retreat for the rich. The arrests happened early Wednesday at The Breakers. Palm Beach police say Guest Purser, 55, of Grapevine, Texas, admitted paying $230 in exchange for sex with Amanda Wandron, 31, a prostitute from Riviera Beach. Officers were dispatched to the hotel after a report of a suspicious car with three men in it in a parking lot at the historic hotel. Purser, who was a guest at the hotel, was arrested on a charge of solicitation of prostitution. Wandron was arrested on a charge of prostitution. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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Would You Share the Gospel with Hitler's Worst Henchmen?

By Lyle Dorsett Meet Henry Gerecke, the American chaplain who embodied Christ’s mission to seek the lost, no matter how loathsome. Many heroes emerged from World War II. Some of these men received awards such as the Medal of Honor, Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Distinguished Flying Cross. Most combat veterans wore their awards humbly, insisting that many of their fellow warriors did as much or more as they did but were not noticed during the thunderous roar of fire and smoke of battle. And nearly all combatants argued that the real heroes were the chaps who died and never heard the good news of the enemy’s surrender. Among the unsung heroes of World War II was U.S. Army Chaplain Henry Gerecke (pronounced Cherokee). Born in southeastern Missouri in 1893 to German-American parents, Henry grew up in a rural community populated by first- and second-generation Germans who farmed the land and worshipped God in the Missouri Synod Lutheran tradition. In his teens young Gerecke heard God’s call to preach. He left the farm and worked his way through St. John’s Academy and College in Kansas, and then moved to St. Louis, where he attended Concordia Lutheran Seminary. During his St. Louis years he met Alma, …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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A Gospel for Everyone

By Mark Dever What we mean when we profess ‘one catholic church.’ If we spotted a church located in a racially mixed neighborhood, and all its worshipers were white, we’d rightly be concerned. Or if we attended a church that focused so much on reaching young families that singles and seniors felt uncomfortable, that too would bother us. Most of us would suspect the first church to be racist and the second, exclusivist. Both suspicions might certainly be true. But there is more going on: Each church is failing to live out the gospel. An essential part of the gospel is that it is catholic—that is, the Good News is given to all people. And the church the Holy Spirit creates is catholic. Putting the matter like this may make some Christians squirm. Many Protestants affirm, either weekly or semi-regularly, the Nicene Creed, proclaiming, “We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church,” but many balk at that word, catholic. (That’s why in my own congregation, we use the word universal rather than catholic, because the original Greek term katholikos means “whole, entire, universal.”) When most of us hear the word catholic, we think of the Roman Catholic Church. By naming itself “Catholic,” the Roman Church has …read more Source: Christianity Today     ...
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