Hillsong founder Brian Houston announces investigation after NYC pastor Carl Lentz’s firing
NEW YORK (RNS) — ‘We are launching an independent investigation into the inner workings of Hillsong NYC/ East Coast. We need a solid foundation for a fresh start and new beginning,’ Houston said in a tweet Thursday (Nov. 12).
Suit alleges Southern Baptist church’s negligence led to abuse of teen
(RNS) — Parents allege the church’s ‘malicious, reckless, and willful and wanton’ conduct led to the abuse of their daughter by a man now in prison for sexual battery.
Tullian Tchividjian is back after sex scandal, but should he be?
(RNS) — The problem is that he had at least one sexual relationship with a congregant — a transgression that is increasingly understood as a violation of clergy boundaries.
Baptist agency comes clean about ex-missionary’s trail of sexual abuse
(RNS) Now in his mid-80s, Donn Ketcham has never faced criminal prosecution or civil litigation.
Bob Jones University president apologizes to victims of sexual assault as report is released
(RNS) A two-year investigation led by Billy Graham’s grandson concluded that the school poorly responded to victims of sexual assault.
Update: Bob Jones University rehires firm hired to investigate sex abuse
(RNS) The Christian school had fired the group one month before it planned to release the findings of its 13-month review.
Bob Jones University fires firm hired to investigate sex abuse
(RNS) The timing may have to do with the Christian university’s president’s resignation due to health concerns.
Meet Chris Stedman, Boz Tchividjian, Tobin Grant and Laura Turner, your new RNS bloggers
Religion News Service is excited to announce the addition of four new bloggers — Chris Stedman, Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, Tobin Grant and Laura Turner — to expand and diversify our lineup of commentators on issues relating to religion, spirituality and ethics.
Billy Graham’s grandson: evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on sex abuse
AUSTIN, Texas (RNS) “Protestants can be very arrogant when pointing to Catholics,” said Boz Tchividjian, a grandson of evangelist Billy Graham and executive director of Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which has investigated sex abuse allegations.
Evangelicals decry ‘silence’ on sexual abuse
(RNS) “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children.”
Evangelical leaders stand by pastor accused of abuse cover-up
(RNS) Several leading evangelical pastors and authors have come to the defense of a pastor accused in a lawsuit for covering up sexual abuse of children.