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Category: Evangelical Christianity

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God-given talent: Saka, Rashford and Sterling blaze a trail for black British Christians

The trio of young England footballers learned about social duty in their devout childhoods and took that to Euro 2020In the reception area of Bukayo Saka’s old school, brightly-coloured pennants representing the competing nations in Euro 2020 have not …

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Police open fraud inquiry into ‘mismanagement’ at evangelical church

Charity Commission report found Kingsway International Christian Centre lost most of £5m invested by the former Charlton footballer Richard Rufus

The City of London police are investigating an alleged fraud involving a former Premier League footballer who lost £3.9m from one of Britain’s richest evangelical churches in a disastrous investment scheme.

The criminal investigation follows a Charity Commission report into “mismanagement” at Kingsway International Christian Centre, which invested £5m with the former Charlton Athletic player Richard Rufus. Rufus was found by a civil court judge in 2015 to have operated a Ponzi-style scheme between 2007 and 2011, losing or spending £8m from several investors.

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The evangelical soccer team: no fouls, no diving, no gay players

The Charlotte Eagles believe they can make their members better people through fair play and Christian values. But not everyone is welcome on the teamLast season, Minnesota United striker Christian Ramirez went nine games without a goal. Not an unusual…

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Meadowlark Lemon obituary

Undisputed star of the Harlem Globetrotters, the team that brought barnstorming basketball as entertainment to the world

Meadowlark Lemon, who has died aged 83, was billed as the Clown Prince of Basketball, but deserved to be called its king. During the almost 25 years that he was the undisputed star of the Harlem Globetrotters, the most successful barnstorming sports outfit in history, they reached the zenith of their worldwide popularity.

The Globetrotters lived up to their name; for decades the world learned basketball from their antics. Crowds in more than 100 countries saw Lemon at the centre of the team’s “Magic Circle”, performing tricks with the basketball to the whistled strains of their signature tune, Sweet Georgia Brown. He embarrassed referees, tormented opponents, showered fans with a bucket of confetti masquerading as water, and sunk half-court baskets with his old-fashioned hook shot. Each stunt was completed with a cackling, trash-talking strut, as if he were entertaining himself as much as the fans.

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