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Ep. 228: Ministries Are Involved in PPP Fraud, the PCA in the News, and Kanakuk Lawsuit Draws Supporters

On today’s program, two Florida ministry leaders that we first reported on during the summer have been arrested and charged with defrauding taxpayers out of $8-million in Payroll Protection Program funds.

And in Virginia, The Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes Christian values, was denied service at a restaurant in Richmond, this month on the basis of the group’s position on abortion and same-sex marriage.  We’ll have the details on both these stories later in the program.

We begin today with news that a Presbyterian church in the Chicago area is being investigated for firing an employee when she complained of gender discrimination.

I want our listeners to know that this will be our last regular podcast episode of the year.  We’ll drop one more episode between Christmas and New Year’s – it will be an episode that highlights the top 10 stories of the year.

So, since this is our last regular episode, I wanted to say how grateful we are to those of you who are regular listeners to the podcast.  We have nearly doubled our listenership in the past year and given all the podcast options out there, I want you to know that I’m honored that you consider this podcast worth your time each week.

If you are a regular listener, and you’d like to see this podcast and the work of MinistryWatch survive and thrive, I’d like to humbly suggest that you make a year-end gift to MinistryWatch.  We are not a mega-ministry, and we don’t aspire to become one.  Our budget is less than $500,000 per year, and we are trying to raise $81,000 by the end of this month.  We’re about half-way there, which is good, but that also means that we have a long way to go.

If you’d like to pitch in to ensure that MinistryWatch remains a viable endeavor, please go to MinistryWatch.com and it the “donate” button at the top of the page.

Oh, yes, and one more thing:  I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh.  We get database and other technical support from Stephen DuBarry, Emily Kern, Rod Pitzer, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Kim Roberts, Anne Stych, Jessica Eturralde, Dale Chamberlain, Alejandra Molina, and Christina Darnell.

A special thanks to The Christian Chronicle and ChurchLeaders.com for contributing material for this week’s podcast.

Until next time, may God bless you.