North Korean Missionary Released, Driscoll Speaks, Anti-semitic Church Boycotted…


Here’s what you need to know in news for Oct. 22:

Captured North Korean Missionary Released, Others Remain

American detainee Jeffrey Fowle has been released from North Korea.

Fowle, 56, was taken into custody on charges of leaving a Bible in a nightclub. Two other Americans who have been convicted of crimes in North Korea are still being held.

The Swedish government helped negotiate Fowle’s release.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said he hoped the country would release the other Americans, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller.

“The U.S. will continue to work actively on them,” he said.

Embattled Pastor Mark Driscoll Speaks at Gateway Conference

In his first public appearance since Mark Driscoll resigned as head of Seattle’s Mars Hill megachurch, Driscoll spoke Monday at the Gateway Conference in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.

Robert Morris, pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas, said Driscoll asked to attend the conference.

“We could crucify him, but since someone’s already been crucified for him…” Morris said, his voice trailing off. “It’s very sad that in the church, we’re the only army that shoots at our wounded. And I’d like you to stop it.”

Driscoll was then asked to speak a few words.

“There are a lot of things I could say that would make me feel better. I don’t know if it would make me look better, but I don’t think it would make Jesus look better,” he said.

Christians Boycott Anti-semitic Church

Christians in the Netherlands are boycotting a church that is displaying an exhibit they think encourages anti-Semitism.

The exhibit, called “Room No. 4,” is in Utrecht’s Domkerk Church. The exhibit features adult models tied up in ropes. The piece is meant to portray jailed Palestinian children who are jailed in Israeli detention facilities.

Some members of the church are protesting the boycott.

“Many people cannot differentiate between Israel and Jews,” Hebe Kohlbrugge told the Trouw daily newspaper. “People wearing kippot are being harassed over Israel’s actions. Thus criticism of Israel becomes anti-Semitism.”

Christian Teen Dies While in Haunted House

An Ohio teen died last week while visiting the Land of Illusion Haunted Scream Park.

Christian Faith Benge, 16, collapsed inside one of the park’s “haunted houses” and an autopsy is currently underway. Benge’s mother, Jean, said her daughter was born with a heart condition.

“I did CPR until the paramedics arrived. And I trust God. He has the ultimate plan,” Jean said according to ABC 15. “She’s better off than we are … because of her faith in Christ I know she’s home.”

Benge was born with a birth defect called congenital diaphragmatic hernia, which prevents the lungs from developing normally.