Robert Morris Resigns as Overseer at Alabama Megachurch, Following Sex Abuse Allegations
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by Julie Roys
3h ago
Embattled Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Morris has resigned as an overseer at Church of the Highlands (COTH), the largest church in Alabama, following allegations he sexually molested a girl 40 years ago. Morris remains a pastor at his Texas megachurch, Gateway Church. Repeated inquiries by The Roys Report (TRR) to Gateway have received no response. In a statement released to former Baptist leader Wade Burleson, which was shared with TRR, COTH’s trustees, who are non-staff elders, stated that they were unaware of “this part of (Morris’) past.” They added, “After being made aware of the distu ..read more
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The Conversation We Need to Have About the Robert Morris Scandal
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by Bob Hamp
8h ago
(Opinion)—I worked at Gateway Church for almost 10 years, from 2005—2014. The events in the news were well before my time. I was not involved in any way in this situation and learned a number of new and heartbreaking things reading Cindy’s telling of the story. I first want to say to Cindy Clemishire how terribly sorry I am for all you have been through—first of all as a little girl at the hands of a man and others that you trusted.   ..read more
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Beth Moore Shares She Is ‘Seriously’ in Need of Surgery and Asks for Prayer
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by Liz Lykins
8h ago
Bible teacher and best-selling author Beth Moore announced she is “seriously” in need of surgery for a years-long back condition in a post published Friday on X. She said that after meeting with a “highly recommended” neurosurgeon in Houston, the doctor informed her she would need surgery to help heal her back and spine issues. Moore said she has “dealt with chronic pain ranging from a constant ache to near agony for a number of years.” Moore serves as the president of Living Proof Ministries, an organization she founded in 1994 to teach women to know and love Jesus through the study of ..read more
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Paul Pressler, Disgraced SBC Leader Accused of Abuse, Is Dead at 94
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by Bob Smietana
18h ago
Paul Pressler, a retired Texas judge and one of the most influential evangelicals of the past 50 years, has died. Pressler, 94, died June 7 but his death went largely unnoticed until Baptist Global News, an independent Baptist news site, reported the news of his funeral on Saturday, held at the Geo. H. Lewis and Sons Funeral Home in Houston. Pressler was one of the chief architects of the “Conservative Resurgence,” also known as the fundamentalist takeover, that changed the course of the Southern Baptist Convention in the 1980s and 1990s, turning it into a decidedly conservative theologi ..read more
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Churches Establish Girls’ Boarding School in Northwest Ghana
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by Audrey Jackson
18h ago
A girl knelt to show her 4-year-old sister how to boil sand and water in two discarded Costa sardine tins over a small charcoal fire, in a village in New Debiso, Ghana. Another girl nearby mashed plantain with a stick, practicing how to make fufu — a Ghanaian culinary staple of pounded cassava, yam and plantain.  Across the dirt road, volunteers from the village and the Bia Lamplighter College of Education — which is associated with Churches of Christ — mixed bags of cement with water.    ..read more
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The Reformed Church in America To Vote On Restructuring
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by Kathryn Post
4d ago
In the past five years, the Reformed Church in America (RCA), one of the oldest denominations in the U.S., has lost almost half its membership and nearly a quarter of its churches. Some members see in the collapse an opportunity to reinvent the 400-year-old church, founded by Dutch settlers in the mid-1600s. “There’s a potential to form a new cloth,” said Michelle Chahine, an RCA elder from Lansing, Michigan, who is one of 13 national and regional leaders preparing to present recommendations for the restructuring of the RCA at the denomination’s General Synod beginning yesterday.   ..read more
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At Florida Homeschool Convention, Family Education Merges with Politics
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by Katherine Stewart
4d ago
With an estimated 1.7 million American children being educated outside of traditional schools, homeschooling is a big tent. An extraordinarily diverse mix of families bring up their kids this way — urban and rural, countercultural, religiously conservative, liberal and unaffiliated, neurodiverse and, as of 2020, people on the run from the turmoil caused by the pandemic. The homeschooling movement, on the other hand, is a much more focused entity. The 36th annual Florida Parent Educators Association Homeschool Convention, which took place in May at the Gaylord Palms Resort and C ..read more
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Tony Evans’ Ministry Cancels Cruise Following Disclosure of ‘Sin’ and Time Away From Pulpit
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by Josh Shepherd
4d ago
The ministry of prominent pastor and radio preacher Tony Evans has cancelled a cruise Evans was set to headline this fall, following disclosure that Evans is “stepping away” from the pulpit due to past “sin.” In a statement to The Roys Report (TRR), Heather Hair, spokesperson for Evans’ ministry The Urban Alternative, said: “Following the announcement that Dr. Tony Evans will be stepping away from his senior pastoral duties at OCBF (Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas), and as he pursues the healing and restoration process established by the elders, The Urban Alternative has decided it would ..read more
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Texas Pastor Convicted of Stealing Church Properties Worth More than $800,000
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by Liz Lykins
5d ago
A Texas pastor has been convicted of stealing three church properties worth more than $800,000 and sentenced to 35 years in prison, the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday in a statement. Whitney Foster, 56, pastor at True Foundation Non-Denominational Church in Dallas, created fraudulent deeds for the churches and then took control of the properties, the District Attorney’s Office statement said. Foster listed fake pastors or claimed to be other church officials on his illegal paperwork.   ..read more
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Oklahoma Couple Charged with Embezzling Money from Faith-Based Nonprofit for Opioid Addicts
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by Sheila Stogsdill
5d ago
An Oklahoma-based nonprofit founder and his wife are accused of picking the pockets of a charity designed to help opioid addicts. Jordan Parker, 39, and his wife Vanessa Parker, 29, of Pryor, Oklahoma, are charged in Tulsa County District Court with six counts of embezzlement.  They are accused of misusing funds of the Reckless Saints of Nowhere, a faith-based charity located in Pryor, to make large purchases from Amazon, Apple, Bluegreen Vacations, and Walmart.   ..read more
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