1. ABC WFTS – Hillsborough County, FL, deputies arrested a youth pastor accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl who knew him through his ministry that he runs out of his home. Court documents say the girl was spending the weekend at 43-year-old Timothy Peterkin’s home. After playing outside with some neighborhood children, she asked Peterkin for some medicinal cream for an allergic reaction on her legs. The report says Peterkin took the girl into his bathroom, applied the ointment and asked her to take her shorts off to see if the reaction was on other parts of her body. The pastor is then accused of placing the child on his lap and putting his hands in her underwear. Peterkin didn’t wish to speak with ABC Action News on camera or in detail about the accusations, saying he would be willing to talk after the legal process is handled. However, Peterkin did deny the allegations, saying he believes someone has a vendetta against him. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says, due to his position as a youth pastor, they are looking into the possibility of more victims.
2. CP – Cambodia has ordered the expulsion of an American Christian group that rescues child sex slaves after it was featured in a recent CNN report, which Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen called an “insulting” story as it exposed how some girls were sold by their own mothers. The authoritarian prime minister called for the closure of Agape International Missions after CNN interviewed three girls from the Svay Pak area near the capital city who had reportedly been sold into the sex trade by their impoverished mothers and later rescued by the Christian group, according to The Phnom Penh Post.
3. Telegraph – When the BBC made a cartoon to educate schoolchildren about life in Roman Britain, it was hardly expecting controversy. But the inclusion of a high-ranking black soldier in its depiction of a ‘typical Roman family’ has caused an almighty fall-out, with the historian Mary Beard facing a barrage of abuse for arguing that it was historically correct. Prof Beard, a Cambridge University classicist and television presenter, said the cartoon was “indeed pretty accurate”, adding that “there’s plenty of firm evidence for ethnic diversity in Roman Britain”. She made her comments on Twitter, and the response was swift. Users of the social media site dubbed her a “batty old broad” and a “pretentious know-nothing”, despite her scholarly record.
4. Florida Times Union – Church and community leaders are convening a town hall meeting to discuss “driving while black” after a prominent pastor said a Jacksonville police officer pointed a gun at him and his nephew while questioning their vehicle’s tinted windows. The Rev. Darien K. Bolden Sr., past president of the Baptist Ministers Conference, said he won’t comment on what happened until Friday’s gathering, and the Sheriff’s Office has been limited in its response. But nevertheless the incident has been condemned by the head of the local NAACP as well as the man in charge of the Florida General Baptist Convention.
5. AP – Authorities say two Texas Boy Scouts were killed and another critically hurt when their sailboat hit an overhead power line and apparently electrocuted the youths. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department says the accident happened Saturday afternoon at Lake O’ The Pines near Avinger, 150 miles (241 kilometers) east of Dallas. Agency spokesman Steve Lightfoot says Sunday that Boy Scouts ages 18 and 16 died at the scene, while an 11-year-old was critically injured and hospitalized in Shreveport, Louisiana. Their names weren’t immediately released.
6. USA Today – A tornado ripped through downtown Tulsa early Sunday, injuring at least 25 people and causing severe damage to many businesses. The storm knocked down power lines, signs and trees, AccuWeather said. No deaths were reported from the storm that struck shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday. A National Weather Service survey team rated the tornado as an EF-2, which has winds of 113-157 mph. It was the first August tornado in Tulsa since 1958, Weather Channel meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said. All the injured have since been treated and released, according to Newson6.com.
7. AP – Authorities say a Mississippi teenager drowned while on a church outing in Alabama. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a statement that the 16-year-old drowned around 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Smith Lake in north Alabama. Al.com reports that Cathy Davis, the head of Oak Hill Academy in West Point, Miss., identified the teen as Thomas Lee Bales of Aberdeen, Miss. Bales was about to start his junior year at the private Christian school on Monday. Bales’ father is on the school’s board. Davis said Bales was on a church trip to Smith Lake when he died. This marks at least the second drowning at Smith Lake this summer. A 62-year-old man drowned last month while swimming off a boat dock.
As you go throughout this day, keep this word in mind: 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, “Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.”
Oscar Wilde said, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Thanks so much for listening and may God bless your day!