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Billy Graham's Grandson Resigns After Sex Scandal

Tullian Tchividjian says both he and his wife had affairs

(Newser) - The grandson of famed evangelist Rev. Billy Graham stepped down from his Fort Lauderdale megachurch pastorship yesterday after admitting to an extramarital affair. In a statement provided to the Washington Post , Tullian Tchividjian writes, "Last week I was approached by [Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church] leaders and they asked me... More »

Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Founder Dead at 88

Robert Schuller's influence had faded in recent years

(Newser) - The Rev. Robert H. Schuller, the Southern California televangelist and author who beamed his upbeat messages on faith and redemption to millions from his landmark Crystal Cathedral only to see his empire crumble in his waning years, has died. He was 88. Schuller died early today at a care facility... More »

Foul-Mouthed Pastor: Women Are 'Penis Homes'

Mark Driscoll takes break as troubled megachurch shuts branches

(Newser) - Mark Driscoll routinely curses and makes biblical references to oral sex during his sermons at his Mars Hill megachurch—but the Seattle pastor’s controversial words may have finally done him in. A female blogger at Patheos dug up comments Driscoll made under a pseudonym on a church message board... More »

Anti-Vaccine Megachurch Hit by Measles Turns to Vaccine

Texas church now hosting vaccination clinics

(Newser) - A Texas megachurch whose founder has linked vaccines to autism is now hosting vaccination clinics after being linked to at least 21 cases of measles. The outbreak began when a person who was infected with measles overseas visited Eagle Mountain International Church near Fort Worth, the AP reports. Most of... More »

Amazingly Elaborate Hoax Targets Megachurch Pastor

Joel Osteen has renounced his faith, online hoax claims

(Newser) - Somebody has put a massive amount of work into a hoax claiming that pastor Joel Osteen has renounced his faith and is resigning from the Texas megachurch his father founded, the Houston Chronicle reports. The hoax includes a fake Twitter feed, a YouTube video from "ChristianityNews" containing mockups of... More »

After Son's Suicide, Rick Warren 'Overwhelmed' by Support

Matthew shot himself Friday morning: report

(Newser) - Rick Warren's Saddleback megachurch is grappling with the aftermath of his son Matthew's apparent suicide , with the pastor taking to Twitter and Facebook to thank followers for their support, the AP reports. Wife "Kay and I are overwhelmed by your love, prayers, and kind words," he... More »

One Dead in Megachurch Shooting

Gunman at large after slaying at Georgia's World Changers church

(Newser) - A shooter killed one person inside a megachurch near Atlanta this morning, police say. The suspect is still at large after fleeing the World Changers Church International, reports MyFoxAtlanta . The victim has not been identified, but police say it was a volunteer staffer who was leading a prayer service at... More »

Georgia Pastor: I Didn't Choke My Daughter

Creflo Dollar says he didn't deserve arrest

(Newser) - Megachurch pastor Creflo Dollar has taken to his pulpit to deny punching and choking his 15-year-old daughter, telling his congregation the allegations made in a police report are nothing but "exaggeration and sensationalism." "I will say this emphatically: I should have never been arrested," Dollar said... More »

Georgia Megachurch Pastor Arrested

Creflo Dollar allegedly choked and punched 15-year-old daughter

(Newser) - A pastor of a 30,000-member megachurch in Georgia was arrested for allegedly assaulting his 15-year-old daughter. Creflo Dollar was taken into custody after police responded to a domestic disturbance around 1am today at his Atlanta home. Dollar's daughter told the officers her father choked and punched her during... More »

Pro-Obama Clergy Wrestle With Stance on Gay Marriage

President contacted ministers just after announcement

(Newser) - In one breath, President Obama endorsed gay marriage last week. In the next, he turned directly to a contingent of supporters likely to be offended by that endorsement: Obama called up a number of ministers to explain his views and get feedback, the New York Times reports. On a conference... More »

Pastor Who Questioned Hell Dumps Megachurch

'Love Wins' author is taking his message on the road

(Newser) - Holy hell. A beloved local evangelical preacher who dared to question the notion that some people spend eternity suffering for their sins in hell has quit his Michigan megachurch to pursue "strategic opportunities." Rob Bell's book Love Wins sparked a furious controversy among conservative evangelical theologians. Bell... More »

Dead Megachurch Pastor Found With Suspected Drugs

Police awaiting test results on white powder

(Newser) - The Florida megachurch pastor discovered dead in a Times Square hotel room was found with a white powdery substance believed to be narcotics, police sources have told several newspapers. Zachery Tims, founder of Orlando's 8,000-member New Destiny Christian Center, was discovered by hotel workmen lying on his back... More »

Crystal Cathedral Will Be Sold to Pay Debts

Megachurch forced to offload California landmark

(Newser) - Crystal Cathedral Ministries has found a way out of bankruptcy: Selling its giant crystal cathedral. The megachurch's landmark 10,000-glass-pane building in Orange County will be sold along with other buildings on the church's campus to pay off the $50 million owed to vendors and creditors, the Los ... More »

Megachurch Targets 'Grinch Stores' That Ignore Christmas

Baptist pastor won't tolerate 'minority voices'

(Newser) - A Dallas megachurch is getting downright Black Peter and landing like a ton of coal on stores that aren't celebrating Christmas. "Politically correct" establishments shying away from the Christian holiday get no peace and goodwill from the First Baptist Church . Instead, Pastor Robert Jeffress has launched a " Grinch... More »

Bankrupt Crystal Cathedral Paid CFO $132K Home Fee

Fred Southard dodged taxes with housing 'allowance'

(Newser) - A US trustee and a creditors committee are challenging Crystal Cathedral's spending habits—including a six-figure housing allowance for the church CFO, who owns a $2.3 million home, as well as mystery payments to officials, according to documents filed with the court. Last year, the megachurch paid Fred Southard... More »

Crystal Cathedral Megachurch Bankrupt

Chapter 11 is all part of God's plan, pastor says

(Newser) - California megachurch Crystal Cathedral Ministries has filed for bankruptcy protection amid a flood of lawsuits from unpaid creditors and a steep drop in donations. Officials of the Orange County church, best known for its Hour of Power telecast, say the filing was necessary because creditors refuse to prolong a moratorium... More »

Eddie Long: Confused Hypocrite

Pastor should forgive himself—and homosexuals everywhere

(Newser) - There are a lot of ironies in Bishop Eddie Long’s sex scandal. For example, in his sermon Sunday, Long said he feels “like David against Goliath.” Really? On the one side we have one of the most powerful clerics in America, and on the other four allegedly... More »

Pastor Scandal Should Shake Homophobic Black Church

Eddie Long represents a too-large portion of the black community

(Newser) - Bishop Eddie Long’s sex scandal has predictably generated a media firestorm. After all, Long “is one of the most outspoken homophobes in the black church,” writes Joshua Alston in Newsweek . But Alston hopes the community takes the time to skip past the tawdry details of Long’s... More »

Church Foreclosures Soar Heavenward

Houses of worship ensnared by same shifty credit as homeowners

(Newser) - Homeowners and banks aren’t the only ones laid low by the reckless mortgage market of years past, as churches across the nation teeter on the brink of foreclosure. Houses of worship ensnared by the promise of low rates and big loans set out on a spree of new construction,... More »

Rick Warren's Plea Rakes In $2.4M

Saddleback pastor sought $900K from parishioners to bridge budget gap

(Newser) - Evangelical pastor Rick Warren's plea for donations to fill a $900,000 deficit at his Southern California megachurch brought in $2.4 million, Warren announced to cheers at the church yesterday. Warren said the amount raised after the appeal was posted online Wednesday included only money parishioners brought in person... More »

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