1. More resignations predicted
Paul Barnes has resigned as pastor of the 2,100-member Grace Chapel in Denver, confessing to sexual infidelity with other men. "Barnes is not a household name," The Denver Post notes, but his "admission is attracting more attention because it came a month after Colorado Springs pastor Ted Haggard was fired amid allegations that he had paid a male prostitute for sex."
The two cases may actually be tangentially related: Associate pastor Dave Palmer told the Post that the church received an anonymous call "last week from a person concerned for the welfare of Barnes and the church. The caller had overheard a conversation in which someone mentioned 'blowing the whistle' on evangelical preachers engaged in homosexuality, including Barnes."
Denver Seminary president Craig Williford told the Post he expects more pastors to fall as the Haggard scandal fallout continues. "When one person gets caught or confesses, it's almost like others get a new courage to face this dark side of their private lives," he said. "Not only that, but the person who is complicit with the pastor will come forward. We may not be done."
2. Christian Embassy under fire for Pentagon video Having lost his suit against the Air Force Academy, Mikey Weinstein has turned his attention elsewhere. He's accusing seven Army and Air Force officers of violating military regulations "and possibly the Constitution" (says the Associated Press) by appearing in uniform in a promotional video for the Christian Embassy. "We don't think we did anything in violation," Robert Varney, executive director of the Bill Bright-founded organization, told the AP. "The Pentagon gave us permission to film the video, and I don't think they'd give us permission ...1