LISTEN: 2 Street Preachers Fined for Sermons Win Appeals (ICH 07/02/17)


1. BBC – Two street preachers who were fined for a sermon delivered to shoppers have won appeals against their convictions. Michael Overd, 53, and Michael Stockwell, 51, were convicted of a religiously-aggravated public order offence in February. But judges at Bristol Crown Court said it was not proved the offence was religiously aggravated. After the hearing, Mr Overd said he was a “Christian soldier” and would return to preach. The men were filmed in July 2016 preaching at Broadmead Shopping Centre in Bristol.

2. BCNN1 – Bishop Frank Summerfield, pastor of the Word of God Fellowship Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, passed away on Sunday, July 2nd, 2017. He was 67 years old. The church announced his passing on Facebook, writing, “We are grieving the loss of a great leader and a father to many. At this time we ask that you keep the Summerfield family and the Word of God Fellowship Church family in your thoughts and prayers.” Church members and others who were impacted by Summerfield’s ministry left sincere condolences in the comments section of the post. Many expressed surprise at his passing and testified to him being a powerful preacher and teacher. There are no other details regarding how he died at this time.

3. Reuters – The death toll from a major cholera outbreak in Yemen has risen to 1,500, Nevio Zagaria, the World Health Organization’s representative in Yemen, said on Saturday, and appealed for more help to put an end to the epidemic. Yemen has been devastated by a 27-month war between a Saudi-led coalition and the armed Iran-aligned Houthi group, making it a breeding ground for the disease, which spreads by faeces getting into food or water and thrives in places with poor sanitation. Speaking at a joint news conference with representatives of UNICEF and the World Bank, Zagaria said that had been some 246,000 suspected cases in the period to June 30.

4. WashPost – The Supreme Court this week made three decisions that have advocates of public funding of religious schools more hopeful than they have been in years about the future of school vouchers — and critics ranging from concerned to near-apoplectic. The court did not make any determinative ruling on whether it would embrace the notion of public funding for religious education — which is now banned by the constitutions of a majority of the states — but it made clear it is not opposed to the use of some public money going to religious institutions for certain reasons, and it suggested that going further is not out of the realm of possibility.

5. Fox 29 – The 20-year-old driver who crashed into a bus carrying elderly church members, killing 13, is now in jail. The criminal district attorney for the 38th Judicial District confirmed the news of Jack Young’s arrest, stating he turned himself into authorities on Wednesday night after being indicted in the March 29 crash. Young was charged with 13 counts of intoxication manslaughter and 13 counts of manslaughter charges. He was also charged with one counts of intoxication assault and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.