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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Fellowship Baptist Church in Sidney, Montana, said it stands behind its pastor, who was arrested on a driving under the influence charge, and will not accept his resignation.

According to The Christian Post, Pastor Jordan Daniel “J.D.” Hall had asked to resign from the church after he was arrested by Sidney Police on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

His arrest came just hours after he tweeted a threat to “control the mics” at the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Anaheim, California.

“Dear #SBC2022, me and my boys will control the mics, and rebuke is on the agenda,” he tweeted. “My attorney will be with me in person, and any attempt to silence us will swiftly (be) handled with immediate litigation.”

Hall is a longtime critic of the SBC, previously authoring a blog called Pulpit & Pen.

According to the police report, Hall spoke slowly and slurred as he talked with officers on the night of his arrest. Police said he stumbled, displayed poor balance and performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

A blood alcohol test, however, found no trace of alcohol in his system.

According to the police report, Hall also had a handgun under his coat in a holster at the time of the arrest.

But Fellowship Baptist Church said in a statement that they believe Hall is innocent. He offered his resignation willingly “for bringing the stain of rumor upon the church.”

“Pastor Hall tenured his resignation to the church Thursday after being charged with DUI on Wednesday evening,” the church said. “There was no alcohol in his system.

“Pastor Hall has suffered from documented vitamin D deficiency, which can result in poor coordination, slurred speech, word displacement, etc. This medical issue has been discussed openly for some time and has been the subject of our church’s prayers.”

The church has asked Hall to take at least three months off from work.

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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Christian actor Kirk Cameron recently spoke to controversial pastor James MacDonald on Cameron’s TBN Takeaways program.

MacDonald has faced criticism in recent years after his firing from Harvest Bible Church in February 2019. MacDonald had faced accusations of bullying, deception, and financial misconduct at the church. Harvest Bible Church also formally disqualified MacDonald from public ministry, and a financial review of the church showed that MacDonald had misused millions in church dollars.

Cameron did not mention the accusations and firing on his program.

According to The Roys Report, Cameron said he invited MacDonald to speak about “the crisis of biblical literacy.”

“For 30 years, Dr. James MacDonald served as founding and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Rolling Meadows, Illinois,” Cameron said. “And for more than 20 years, he was the Bible teacher of the broadcast ministry Walk in the Word. He’s a prolific author of more than 15 books,” he added before welcoming MacDonald.

A representative from TBN, TBN network coordinator Laura Massey, directed a request for comment on the interview to a producer. A statement has not been released from the network.

In his guest appearance on Takeaways, MacDonald talked about his new ministry, “Better Biblical Preaching,” where he provides training for pastors at his home.

In November 2019, MacDonald posted a statement on Facebook, apologizing for his “careless and hurtful words” and “sinful patterns.” He said he also sent written apologies “where appropriate.”

“I confess to all who have followed my ministry, a regression into sinful patterns of fleshly anger and self-pity that wounded co-workers and others,” he said. “Over time, I have come to see only myself and my own relational failing in the mirror, and with grief and sorrow, I ask your forgiveness.”

Cameron said he and MacDonald are longtime friends.

“You and I have been friends for 100 years now,” he joked. “How long has it been?”

MacDonald responded, “The older we get, it seems to like double every five years, but we’ll just say it’s a long time.”


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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.

Four people were shot following a Louisiana high school graduation ceremony Thursday night. The victims all sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Fox News, at around 8 pm, as Hammond High School graduates and their loved ones were leaving the school's graduation ceremony – held at Southeastern Louisiana State University – a gunman let off several rounds, hitting four people.

Tangipahoa Parish Schools Superintendent Melissa Stilley confirmed this in a late-night statement on Thursday, adding that the shots were fired off as graduates were reuniting with their families outside.

"We had a normal graduation for Hammond High School within the building. When our graduates were ready to dismiss, and the families were outside to greet them, outside the University Center, that's when the shots began to fire," Stilley said.

"What should have been a very happy occasion for our graduates and their families ended on such a sad note. We pray for the families that were impacted directly and our students who will always have this memory of this graduation on their minds," she added.

Video footage posted to social media shows dozens of people screaming and running after the shots were fired.

According to Hammond Police Chief Edwin Bergeron, it is not believed that any Hammond High School students were involved in the shooting. He also noted that no minors were hurt during the incident.

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy offered his prayers to the victims in a statement following the shooting. 

"Praying for the shooting victims and everyone affected by the violence outside Hammond High School's graduation this evening," he wrote on Twitter.

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy also issued a statement, noting that he was monitoring the situation.

"A night to celebrate the achievements of young men and women of Hammond High School was disrupted by senseless violence. Monitoring the situation as more details become available and praying for the well-being of those injured."

One suspect is currently in police custody, and authorities are investigating the shooting. Bergeron also asked people who recorded the event to share any videos that would aid in the investigation with the police.


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