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Ep. 15: Pastor Darrin Patrick Dies, plus updates on Wycliffe Associates and Liberty University

On today’s program, our ongoing investigation of the Bible translation organization Wycliffe Associates continues. Also on today’s program, Liberty University makes significant cuts to its philosophy department. Is it a sign of things to come? Plus, the people who give out journalism’s top award, the Pulitzer Prize, has recognized religion coverage.

We begin today with the story of the death of yet another megachurch pastor by his own hand. Darrin Patrick, a megachurch pastor, author, and speaker, has died.  Patrick was a teaching pastor at Seacoast Church, a multi-site megachurch based in Mount Pleasant, SC, and the founding pastor of the Journey Church in St. Louis, where he lived.

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Each week, Warren Smith and Natasha Smith bring you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, all designed to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.   We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Christina Darnell, Anne Stych, Shawn Hendricks, and Warren Smith.