THE wife of fanatical Queensland preacher Larry Harris has told of being raped, tortured, and losing her son, all at the hands of her abusive husband who described himself as a man of God. The Cairns grandmother told 60 Minutes her husband would rape her "up to seven times a day", as a way to prove how macho he was to former wife Joy, Ms Harris intends to press charges in NSW, where most of the abuse occurred, once he is released.
On a Thursday morning of brilliant sun, the shadow of a passenger jet glided over Mobile Bay, then rippled across the white strip of beach in front of the house, the great oak in the yard, and the several angles of the dark green roof. Bonnie Owen Vandorpe, situated in a rattan chair on the porch and reading a wizened paperback of The Power and the Glorylooked up from the book and squinted at the glare of the bay, dimly aware of some flickering in the natural light and a faraway whisper of displaced air. From inside the house there came a heavy crash—Macy, the housekeeper, had dropped a cast iron skillet onto the kitchen floor and let out a whoop, leaping backwards to protect her toes.
Al Grover was good at selling new cars, a proven fact as he had been the top salesman in the L. Over the years, he had come to learn just who to cater to, giving them an extremely good deal, especially if that person could bring in future business. The fellow who had called him, Robert Churchill, had bought several cars and an SUV from him over the past few years.
In the green gentle hills of southwest Tennessee, in a sweet small town at the heart of God and country, lived a handsome young minister with the gift of a golden tongue. His name was Matthew, like the Matthew of the gospel. There was no surprise in that.
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Yes Lawd, Greenleaf is back in all its dysfunctional, drama-filled, might-be-saved, glory! I am not saying that the church should ever water down the word of God. God created us as sexual beings, and because we don't discuss the divine origin of sex, the purpose of sex, the beauty of sex, the mutual satisfaction that should be found in sex, we leave it up to those who don't believe in God to define what sex looks like for us, and eventually we arrive at pornography as we know it today.
Leaving him to die alone, she loaded their three daughters in a minivan and set off for the Gulf of Mexico. Arrested two days later in Orange Beach, Ala. I guess I got to a point and snapped.
My name is Ted Ashton and I am twenty-six years old. I am assistant pastor at what some of our detractors have called the richest church in northern Virginia. We are that, of course, but I don't like to describe us that way.