Category Archives: Clergy scandals

Rev. Schaefer one of many pastors officiating gay weddings in defiance of church

I’ve been following the saga this week of the Rev. Frank Schaefer, the United Methodist minister from Spring City who was convicted under church law of officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony. He was suspended for 30 days Tuesday … Continue reading

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Lifeway poll reveals top 10 most influential pastors in America today

When I was growing up in the 1980s, the American faith landscape was dominated by televangelists like Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell and Jimmy Swaggart. As the decade wound down, scandals would touch Swaggart, Jim Bakker and others. But the preachers … Continue reading

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Former Yale dean Tom Ogletree on why he officiated his son’s same-sex wedding

Regardless of how you feel about homosexuality and same-sex marriage, you should know the name Tom Ogletree. Just because he’s an interesting guy who had a choice to make. That choice pitted his family against his faith. And he choose … Continue reading

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NJ Priest Michael Fugee, once convicted of sex crime, permitted to work with kids

It seems stories of sexual abuse by Catholic priests continue to surface from time to time. And accusations of bishops shielding priests won’t go away either. I wrote last year about Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, who went on … Continue reading

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Jeri Wright, Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s daughter, indicted for fraud

I made a recent post here about the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who spoke Feb. 7 in Lancaster. In it, I wondered if Wright is judged fairly. Few had heard of Rev. Wright or his lifetime of good work prior … Continue reading

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Aamir Liaquat: Pakistan’s version of the American televangelist

I’ve written recently about televangelists and millionaires Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. The charismatic evangelist is a unique aspect of American faith history, one that predates the television. Back then, traveling preachers like Sam Porter Jones were known as “revivalists” … Continue reading

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Tebow cancels appearance at Dallas megachurch

So word came down this morning that God’s quarterback, Tim Tebow is backing out of a speaking engagement at

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Rev. Jeremiah Wright: unfairly stained by Obama controversy?

I randomly came across the press release while on the Lancaster Theological Seminary website: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright was coming here to speak Feb. 7. I knew that name and I knew it to be a lightning rod for controversy. … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy revives debate over God’s plan

It seems that with every natural disaster comes the pronouncements that God is punishing someone for something. And it’s not limited to the fringe preachers either. Who can forget televangelist Pat Robertson claiming that God was punishing America for allowing … Continue reading

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Comparing Pope John Paul II and Penn State

I listen to a lot of talk radio to and from work and at least once daily, a caller compares the Penn State sex abuse scandal with that of the Roman Catholic Church. That talk has ratcheted up this week. … Continue reading

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