Amnesiac pastor's post precarious
He reportedly can't remember his past, and now his future's shaky too. As noted earlier in Weblog, married youth minister Wesley Barrett "Barre" Cox disappeared one day near San Antonio. He reappeared 16 years later as James Simmons, an amnesiac but still a preacher. Now he's senior pastor at White Rock Community Church, a predominantly gay congregation in Dallas. As doubt continues to swirl around Cox's/Simmons's story, the pastor has called for a vote. Unless two-thirds of his new congregation affirms him, he'll leave. Apparently the vote is in doubt: message boards on the church Web site indicate a pretty divided congregation.

More churches and pastors in trouble:

Pop culture:


  • Religious outrage over pink tourism | Religious leaders tell Cape Town mayor to stop promoting the city as the "gay capital of the world." (The Independent, Johannesburg, South Africa)
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