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Ep. 327: Samaritan Ministries, Alistair Begg, United Methodist Final Tally of Disaffiliations

On today’s program, one of the big healthcare sharing ministries is suing New Mexico. We’ll have details. Plus, popular pastor Alistair Begg—whose radio program was dropped by American Family Radio last week—is standing by his advice about attending an LGBTQ wedding. We’ll explain.  And, the deadline for churches to disaffiliate from the United Methodist Church has passed…and the results are in. We’ll look at how many congregations have left.

We begin today with news that a Texas dad has sued the Assemblies of God denomination, its North Texas District, and its college ministry Chi Alpha, for negligence that resulted in the sexual abuse and grooming of his son. Stephen Holt sued in a state district court in Harris County, Texas, claiming that the Assemblies of God was negligent in allowing registered sex offender Daniel Savala to have access to children and for failing to warn families about his background and the dangers he posed.


I’ll be in California, Colorado, Tennessee, and Texas over the next month, and if you live in those states, I’d like to meet you. Keep an eye on your inbox for invitations to lunches I’ll be holding in cities there.

Also note that our donor premium for February is Handling Allegations in a Ministry by Teresa Sidebotham. To get your copy as our “thank you” for a donation in February, click here.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Jeff McIntosh.  We get database and other technical support from Stephen DuBarry, Rod Pitzer, and Casey Sudduth. Writers who contributed to today’s program include Kim Roberts, Steve Rabey, Bob Smietana, Zach Rivas, Bob Smietana, Yonat Shimron, Clemente Lisi, Rod Pitzer, Christina Darnell—and you, Warren.

Special thanks to Religion Unplugged for contributing material for this week’s podcast.

Until next time, may God bless you.