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Two Sad Resignations

Christian Reformed Church's Calvin Bremer, United Methodist David Seamands admit misconduct. Plus: responses to Bush's ID comments, Senate punishes evangelical Air Force Academy leader, fearing the megachurch, and other stories from online sources around the world.

Calvin Bremer resigns from Back to God Hour, Christian Reformed Church
Calvin Bremer, executive director of the radio, print, and television ministry Back to God Hour, was due to become executive director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America on August 22. This week, he announced his resignation from both positions.

"I regret that my lack of good judgment to maintain appropriate boundaries with a colleague in ministry has caused pain to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ and to many of you both personally and professionally," he wrote in his letter of resignation. "Please forgive me for the pain and injury that my actions have caused to you and to the witness of the church."

The Grand Rapids Press said officials felt Bremer "had acted inappropriately in recommending an employee of a closely related fund-raising organization to be director of development for the CRC."

Bremer stressed to the newspaper that "he had not done anything morally wrong but admitted to poor judgment."

"If your employer says you lack good judgment," he said, "by definition you lack good judgment."

Peter Borgdorff, executive director of ministries for the Grand Rapids-based CRC, told the Press, "The information we dealt with caused an erosion of confidence in Cal's leadership ability, to the point where we felt he could not function as the executive director."

The woman resigned her position at the fundraising organization, RACOM Associates, the same day Bremer resigned his positions.

Pastor, professor, author, and counselor David Seamands apologizes for "breach of trust and moral failure" David Seamands is a longtime friend of Christianity Today, where he has long served as a consulting editor, so it is with particular sadness that we note his ...

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