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Here’s a TV story about a church in North Carolina. Big feud between past members and current members. According to the news story… a settlement has been reached. The current leadership will remain in power, and the pastor stays.  The pastor was accused of child abuse at his last ministry, but says those claims are false. My question… what good can come out of this? Seriously? This “Bible preaching, KJV” church is not positioned to reach anyone after a very public fight, and a pastor shrouded in controversy. When should a pastor or a church just call it a day? I think this may be one of those instances (for both the church and the pastor)  IF  they are serious about reaching people in their community. If they want to keep a small group of people together to read and preach from the KJV, I guess it’s ok.  But their very presence will not be good for the overall name of Christ in that community. Am I totally off base here? (I’ve been known to be from time to time) What do you think? Todd
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A jury has awarded $1.4 million to a Minnesota woman who accused her Methodist pastor of sexually abusing her. The woman accused 67-year-old Donald Dean Budd of pursuing an inappropriate relationship at a time when she was emotionally vulnerable. The Hennepin County jury concluded this week that Budd must pay $1 million in punitive damages. Of another $410,000 in compensatory damages, Budd must pay $246,000 and the rest is to be paid by the Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. A call to Budd’s home Saturday rang unanswered, and a message left with his attorney wasn’t immediately returned. The woman’s attorney, Robert Hajek, said the jury’s verdict was “very responsible and reasonable.” Budd was a pastor at McKinley United Methodist Church in Winona. Prior to that, he served in Methodist churches in Harmony, Minn., and Eau Claire, Wis. He is no longer a pastor. The woman filed a civil lawsuit in 2009, alleging that she sought counseling from Budd while he was a pastor at McKinley between 2003 and 2005. A sexual relationship developed, leading to Budd’s eventual conviction on a pair of felony sexual-abuse charges. The woman said she reported the relationship to the conference in 2006. She accused officials of dropping the investigation and calling the woman uncooperative and not credible, court documents said. Her civil lawsuit claimed that the conference should have done a better job of investigating Budd’s sexual misconduct, according to a Winona Daily News report. Victoria Rebeck, a spokeswoman for the conference, disputed the charge. She said the conference and its bishop acted immediately when notified about the allegations by placing Budd on restriction and removing his credentials. via Superior Telegram | Superior, Wisconsin. //Wow… 1.4 million dollars.  That’s a lot of communion cups and hymnals. I hear ‘cover up’ stories all the time.  When bad things happen, boards, conferences, and denominations tend many times to want to cover them up. This time it bit them in the butt. When accusations happen these days, a full investigation must be done immediately and completely.  And there can be no cover up.  Information is too instantaneous and widespread these days.  The truth will get out.  (If not the truth, then at least rumors… which again will doom you if you’ve not done the full investigation). There should be no cover-up in the body of Christ.  And if there was in this case, it was found out. Your thoughts? Todd
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Even though they risk losing future settlement money… two alleged victims of Bishop Eddie Long’s sexual advances are talking to the media. One of the young men, Spencer LeGrande says, ““I feel like burning [the money].” Another alleged victim, Jamal Paris says, “I’d love to take pills and never wake up.” Both men are living in Florida off the settlement money.  The tone of the article is that these two young men, according to their own statements, are not dealing well and are on a path of destruction.  Both men understand that talking to the media could void their settlement agreement with Long. More here… Sin is ugly, folks. No matter where the sin actually lies here, it is ugly. Todd
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