Famed atheist and former Muslim converts to Christianity

A portrait of Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a critic of Islam and vocal atheist, has gone through a
new conversion — revealing that she’s now a Christian for spiritual and
cultural reasons. “I still have a great deal to learn about Christianity,”
she said. “I discover a little more at church each Sunday.”

Vineyard calls for investigation of pastor who left

A pastor stands in front of a crown while behind him several people pray with a person.

An inquiry at Alan Scott’s former church found evidence of manipulation, narcissism, and spiritual abuse.
Vineyard USA is calling on a breakaway congregation to launch a “thorough, independent investigation” into allegations of misconduct, narcissism, and spiritual abuse.
“We pray for those who were hurt, harmed, mistreated, or in any way negatively impacted by their time under the leadership of Alan Scott,” the denomination’s statement says. National leadership is pleading with “current and former board members” at the Anaheim, California, church to “fulfill their legal and spiritual responsibilities.”
Scott has not publicly responded and did not reply to CT’s request for comment.
His Southern California church was founded by the late charismatic leader John Wimber and has long been seen as the “mother church” of the movement. Scott and his wife Kathryn took over Vineyard Anaheim in 2018 and then unexpectedly led the congregation out of the denomination in 2022. There was little explanation, beyond the claim they were following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
“We don’t really understand why,” Scott said in a sermon at the time. “We don’t always know what’s on the other side of obedience.”
Some former members of the church, which is now called Dwelling Place, have sued for fraud, claiming Scott misrepresented his relationship to the Vineyard in an attempt to seize control of $62 million of church assets. The building is debt free and sits on more than five acres zoned for commercial use in Orange County.
Scott also may have been reacting to efforts to reorganize the Vineyard to provide more oversight and accountability. National director Jay Pathak, who took over in January 2022, had dinner with the Scotts to tell them …Continue reading…

The dangerous nexus of conspiracy theories in the Middle East

Image shows a street view of Jerusalem with the Dome of the Rock in the distance.

(ANALYSIS) A conspiracy theory held widely in the Middle East is that
Israel is planning to destroy the site of Al-Aqsa complex in Jerusalem,
which includes the Muslim holy sites of the Dome of the Rock and the
Al-Aqsa Mosque. Some add this is part of a project to clear the buildings
from the Temple Mount in order to build the Third Temple. A key part of
this scheme is believed to be efforts to breed a flawless red heifer.