Florida church warns that it is ‘heavily armed’

1. The church has had the signs up for a year, but well-known senior pastor Rodney Howard-Browne reminded his followers about them days after the Sutherland Springs, Texas, massacre earlier this month.

2. The church has had the signs up for a year, but well-known senior pastor Rodney Howard-Browne reminded his followers about them days after the Sutherland Springs, Texas, massacre earlier this month.

3. ‘Please know this is not a gun free zone – we are heavily armed – any attempted will be dealt with deadly force – yes we are a church as we will protect our people,’ pastors from the non-denominational church say on the signs.

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Authorities obtain warrant for Texas church shooter’s iPhone

1. It’s still unclear exactly how law enforcement plans to gain access to files stores on the shooter’s encrypted iPhone and whether Apple will be willing to help unlock the phone using a software key as was requested in the 2015 San Bernardino case.

2. In 2015, Apple was involved in a public clash with the U. S. Department of Justice and the FBI when government officials were unable to obtain files on the San Bernardino mass shooter’s encrypted iPhone.

3. Now, the San Antonio Express-News reports that Texas rangers have served Apple warrants for files stored on the shooter’s iPhone and his iCloud account.

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This church has a warning for visitors: ‘WE ARE HEAVILY ARMED — The Pastors’

1. Senior Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of the River at Tampa Bay Church posted a photo of the signs on his church doors: “WE ARE HEAVILY ARMED — ANY ATTEMPT WILL BE DEALT WITH DEADLY FORCE — YES WE ARE A CHURCH AND WE WILL PROTECT OUR PEOPLE.

2. Many of the 1,200 to 1,300 members of the River at Tampa Bay Church are armed and prepared to use their weapons if necessary, Associate Pastor Allen Hawes told the Tampa Bay Times.

3. A Florida church is reminding people that it is “heavily armed” in the wake of the massacre of 26 people at a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Tex.

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Purpose-built Anglican church opens in London for first time in 40 years

1. It is the first of 100 new churches and worshipping spaces planned in London by 2020.

2. The first purpose-built Anglican parish church in London for 40 years formally opened on Tuesday on the site of a former factory and in the middle of a new regeneration scheme consisting of hundreds of homes.

3. St Francis at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale cost more than £3m, funded by the diocese of London, the developers of Hale Village and donations.

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Amazon Pilots Talk Show With Judah Smith of City Church in Beverly Hills (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety

1. Amazon has shot a pilot of a new show that goes inside Judah Smith’s ministry at The City Church in Beverly Hills and has the charismatic pastor talk to well-known figures about the big questions in life.

2. Billed as a talk show that discusses the meaning of life instead of plugging a movie or book, the project has the working title “Big Talk.

3. Heather Schuster oversaw production of the pilot soon after joining Amazon earlier this year, and is now running the unscripted division after the departure of Conrad Riggs.

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Lexington church members sue over pastor’s decisions, spending

1. Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley announced on Nov. 16, 2017, that the state will move inmates to a private prison because of overcrowding in state prisons and county jails.

2. Kentucky has ‘unsustainable prison growth rate’.

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Bangladesh Church preparing for Pope’s visit – Card. D’Rozario

1. After visiting Myanmar, Nov. 27-30, he will move on to neighbouring Bangladesh, Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

2. Pope Francis is on a 2-nation apostolic visit to Asia next week.

3. We put the question to Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, Archbishop of Dhaka.

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Destiny Church charities deregistered

1. “The board in particular noted the history of non-compliance with annual return obligations [and] considered that the integrity of the Charities Register would not be maintained if charities persistently fail to meet their obligations to file annual returns under the [Charities] Act.

2. Two of Destiny Church’s charities will be removed from the Charities Register next month because of their “persistent failure” to meet annual return obligations.

3. “The board considered the objections but was satisfied that it is in the public interest to proceed with the removal of the charities from the register,” board chair Roger Holmes Miller said.

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Government committed to strengthening relations with the Church

1. Mr. Mubukwanu said Government will continue to render the necessary support to the Church in order for Zambians to benefit from the mission work and ensure that the church promotes Christian values in all corners of the country.

2. He said it was the desire of President Lungu to ensure that all Church organisations in the country operated freely without any interference from any arm of Government adding that the Church is the peace builder for all to flourish.

3. Mr. Mubukwanu said as a way to revere God, President Lungu created a Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs which is charged with the responsibility of providing an enabling environment for the church to operate in the country.

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The Church of England and Archbishop Justin Welby ask schools to let kids explore their gender identity — Quartz

1. Some 1 million students attend Church of England schools in the UK; one in four primary schools in England are run by the church.

2. Welby’s statements, and the report, illuminate how the toxic combination of bullying and gender identity can harm children, and the critical role community institutions—like church and school—can play in supporting children.

3. In an effort to tackle gender identity-related bullying, the Church of England issued new rules this week saying that kids should be able to “play with the many cloaks of identity.

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