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Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons

Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale explains why it took down Bob Coy's teachings on marriage.
Popular Pastor Resigns after 'Moral Failure,' But Followers Still Want His Sermons
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Bob Coy, host of one of iTunes most-popular podcasts on Christianity and known for his teaching on marriage, has resigned as longtime leader of one of America's largest multisite churches after confessing to a "moral failing."

One interesting trend among the ...

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Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death

Attempt at demonstrating Anglican unity to Katharine Jefferts Schori instead prompts resignations.
Controversy over Seminary Speaker Invite Tempered by Student's Death
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A seminary student's request for the leader of The Episcopal Church (TEC) to come and witness unity between U.S. Anglican conservatives and progressives instead prompted a public wave of disunity—which has now been ironically (albeit tragically) tempered by the ...

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Mark Driscoll Retracts Bestseller Book Status, Resets Life

(UPDATED) 'My angry-young-prophet days are over,' Seattle pastor tells Mars Hill Church. First step: He's quitting social media.
Mark Driscoll Retracts Bestseller Book Status, Resets Life
Mars Hill Church

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In short:

  • Driscoll is voluntarily retracting his claims to "No. 1 New York Times bestseller" status, because he now sees the marketing campaign used for Real Marriage as "manipulating a book sales reporting system, which is wrong."
  • Driscoll regrets how the recent "significant turnover of key staff members" was handled. "I am deeply grieved and even depressed by the pain we have caused," he writes, and expresses hope for reconciliation with former staff who have recently "chosen to air their concerns online."

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Died: Terry Fullam, Renowned Episcopal Pastor Featured in 'Miracle at Darien'

As one of the founders of the mainline church renewal movement, he had a global following among evangelicals.
Died: Terry Fullam, Renowned Episcopal Pastor Featured in 'Miracle at Darien'
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Everett L. "Terry" Fullam, who served as rector of St. Paul's, Darien, Conn., which became famous as a tall steeple parish in the mainline Protestant renewal movement, died today. He was 82.

News of his passing came as a result of Bishop Gregory Brewer, Episcopal ...

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Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'

(UPDATED) Swedish Evangelical Alliance on Ulf Ekman: 'One should not underestimate the [impact] that this creates in many people today.'
Conversion of Sweden's Most Influential Pastor Causes 'Pain and Disillusion'
Screenshot of Word of Life recorded sermon.

Update (Mar. 14): Ulf Ekman has also resigned from the board of Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the world's largest congregations, where founding pastor David Yonggi Cho and his son were recently convicted of embezzling $12 million.

In his resignation letter, which ...

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John Ortberg's Megachurch Approved To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite

(UPDATED) To help pay $9 million price tag, pastor will sell home where wife wanted to 'be buried in the backyard.'
John Ortberg's Megachurch Approved To Leave PC(USA) over Multisite
Photos courtesy of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

Update (March 13): John Ortberg's megachurch has received approval to leave the PC(USA) for ECO. And to help pay the nearly $9 million price tag, Ortberg will sell his home of 10 years of which his wife Nancy once expressed, "I want to live here until I die, and ...

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Mars Hill Defends How Mark Driscoll's 'Real Marriage' Became a Bestseller

'Unwise' but not 'uncommon or illegal,' $200,000 campaign helped marriage book briefly top New York Times list.
Mars Hill Defends How Mark Driscoll's 'Real Marriage' Became a Bestseller
Mars Hill

Recent reports telling how Mark Driscoll's book reached the top of a bestseller list have left Mars Hill Church calling the campaign "unwise," but not "uncommon or illegal."

Driscoll has recently faced scrutiny for citation errors in a study guide. ...

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Head of World Evangelical Alliance Will Step Down for 'Younger Leadership'

After one of longest terms served, Geoff Tunnicliffe will let another lead the 'changing worldwide church' of 600 million evangelicals.
Head of World Evangelical Alliance Will Step Down for 'Younger Leadership'
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One of the longest-serving leaders of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) will call it quits after this year.

The WEA, which represents 600 million evangelicals worldwide, announced today that Geoff Tunnicliffe will conclude his tenure as secretary general and CEO in December ...

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Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

(UPDATED) Family-focused speaker whose Wheaton course became a seminar phenomenon faces allegations from more than 30 women.
Bill Gothard Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation
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Update (Mar. 10): The full text of the ministry email revealing Gothard's resignation can be read here, courtesy of Homeschoolers Anonymous, which broke the news.

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Update (Mar. 6): Bill Gothard has resigned from the Institute in Basic Life Principles, according ...

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Died: Dayuma, First Convert from Tribe that Martyred 'Gates of Splendor' Missionaries

(UPDATED) Ecuadorian woman was instrumental in Jim Elliot and Nate Saint's ill-fated outreach to the Amazon's Auca, and later helped to convert the tribe to Christianity.
Died: Dayuma, First Convert from Tribe that Martyred 'Gates of Splendor' Missionaries
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Dayuma, the indigenous Auca woman who helped Jim Elliot and Nate Saint begin their short-lived but legendary missionary work in Ecuador and later traveled the United States speaking on evangelism and reconciliation, died March 1.

Steve Saint, the son of Nate Saint who was ...

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David Dockery Picked as President of Trinity International University

During 18 years at Union University, 'evangelical statesperson' doubled enrollment and quadrupled budget.
David Dockery Picked as President of Trinity International University
TIU

David Dockery, former president of Union University, has been unanimously selected as the 15th president of Trinity International University (TIU).

He replaces Craig Williford, who opted not to renew his contract last year and instead take a sabattical after leading TIU ...

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Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million

(UPDATED) Pastors defend character of South Korean pastor David Yonggi Cho, who bought stock from 'prodigal' son, evaded taxes.
Founder of World's Largest Megachurch Convicted of Embezzling $12 Million
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Update (Feb. 26): Several pastors spoke up after David Yonggi Cho's sentencing to defend his character and values.

First, Cho apologized to his church congregation when elders accused him of embezzling, and refused to blame the crime on his son in court, Taiwanese pastor ...

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Snake Salvation Pastor Dies from Rattlesnake Bite during Worship Service

Reality TV star refused hospital treatment as ‘totally against his religion.’
Snake Salvation Pastor Dies from Rattlesnake Bite during Worship Service
National Geographic

After sustaining numerous snake bites over the years, a prominent serpent-handling minister and co-star of Snake Salvation died Saturday night after a rattlesnake bit him during a Kentucky church service.

Jamie Coots, 42, died two hours later in his home surrounded by family. ...

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After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured in Time for Tour

Carman declares he is now ‘cancer free’ after a year of treatment and a new album.
After Cancer Resurrects Career, Christian Music Star Cured in Time for Tour
Facebook screenshot - Carman Licciardello

Less than a year after announcing his diagnosis with myeloma, an incurable form of cancer, Carman Licciardello now says he's cancer-free.

"They took tests (and there will be more) P.E.T., MRI, Bone biopsies ect [sic] and could find NO trace of Cancer," the ...

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Fired President Sues CCCU, Claims $2 Million Owed

(UPDATED) Council for Christian Colleges and Universities 'stands ready to defend its decision' to fire Edward O. Blews Jr., as he seeks damages for breaching his contract. At issue: Was he an "intentional failure"?
Fired President Sues CCCU, Claims $2 Million Owed
Courtesy of CCCU

[Updated 10:23 a.m. Thurs., Feb 13, with CCCU official reaction.]

After a "careful investigation," the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in October fired its president after less than 10 months on the job. On Wednesday [Feb. 12], Edward O. ...

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