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April 15, 2000 | Elaine Gale
Orange County's "Bible Answer Man," whose radio show on 125 stations nationwide has long been a thorn in the side of television evangelists, is facing a new battle--criticism from within his nonprofit organization. Relatives of the late Walter Martin, founder of the Christian Research Institute, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, contend that Hank Hanegraaff has departed from the organization's mission of debunking unusual religious claims. And they are demanding his resignation.
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April 2, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
A best-selling Christian author and radio evangelist known as the "Bible Answer Man" has filed a defamation lawsuit against a longtime critic who had accused him of being under investigation for mail fraud. Controversy surrounding Hank Hanegraaff's Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute arose earlier this year after he sent out an urgent fundraising letter, saying that a "bizarre error" by postal workers caused donations to be thrown away.
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April 15, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's "Bible Answer Man"--whose radio show, heard on 125 stations nationwide, has long been a thorn in the flesh of televangelists--is facing a new battle, criticism from within his nonprofit organization. Relatives of the late Walter Martin, founder of the Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute, contend that Hank Hanegraaff has departed from the organization's mission of debunking unusual religious claims. They are demanding his resignation.
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August 17, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
After complaints from former employees, a Southern California evangelist who calls himself a theological watchdog for Christians worldwide has been chastised for his ministry's financial practices. Officials with the national Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability conducted an audit that has resulted in what they called a "significant reimbursement" in June to the Christian Research Institute, a ministry run by Christian author and radio personality Hank Hanegraaff.
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August 17, 2003 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
After complaints from former employees, a Southern California evangelist who calls himself a theological watchdog for Christians worldwide has been chastised for his ministry's financial practices. Officials with the national Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability conducted an audit that has resulted in what they called a "significant reimbursement" in June to the Christian Research Institute, a ministry run by Christian author and radio personality Hank Hanegraaff.
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April 2, 2005 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
A best-selling Christian author and radio evangelist known as the "Bible Answer Man" has filed a defamation lawsuit against a longtime critic who had accused him of being under investigation for mail fraud. Controversy surrounding Hank Hanegraaff's Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute arose earlier this year after he sent out an urgent fundraising letter, saying that a "bizarre error" by postal workers caused donations to be thrown away.
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February 23, 2005 | Larry B. Stammer, Times Staff Writer
Gene Scott, the flamboyant and plain-speaking pastor and television preacher who was as adept at staring down a live television audience to raise money as he was at holding forth with an erudite teaching on the Bible, has died. He was 75. Scott, a philanthropist who helped raise money for the Los Angeles Public Library and the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center in Pasadena, died Monday afternoon at Glendale Adventist Medical Center after suffering a stroke, according to a spokesman.
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April 30, 2000
After reading your article "Casting Stones" (April 15), I am writing to clarify several issues. First, my husband, Walter Martin, never "handpicked" anyone to succeed him at Christian Research Institute and "The Bible Answer Man" radio program. This claim was handed to me by someone I thought I could trust as I approached the lectern at my husband's memorial service. I read it for the first time--aloud--while standing in front of 1,500 people. It took me completely by surprise and put me in a very awkward position.
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April 2, 1992 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The federal judge handling the failed lawsuit of a "born-again" Christian who sought to teach creationism has received at least 100 phone calls and as many letters since Monday from believers seeking to "put in their vote" for John Peloza. A religious radio program, the Irvine-based "Bible Answer Man" that airs on KKLA (99.5 AM), had urged listeners to contact the judge who had dismissed Peloza's case, but who will decide Monday if Peloza must pay attorneys' fees.
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April 15, 2000 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County's "Bible Answer Man"--whose radio show, heard on 125 stations nationwide, has long been a thorn in the flesh of televangelists--is facing a new battle, criticism from within his nonprofit organization. Relatives of the late Walter Martin, founder of the Rancho Santa Margarita-based Christian Research Institute, contend that Hank Hanegraaff has departed from the organization's mission of debunking unusual religious claims. They are demanding his resignation.
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April 15, 2000 | Elaine Gale
Orange County's "Bible Answer Man," whose radio show on 125 stations nationwide has long been a thorn in the side of television evangelists, is facing a new battle--criticism from within his nonprofit organization. Relatives of the late Walter Martin, founder of the Christian Research Institute, based in Rancho Santa Margarita, contend that Hank Hanegraaff has departed from the organization's mission of debunking unusual religious claims. And they are demanding his resignation.
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January 10, 1999 | ELAINE GALE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sitting shirtless at Sid's Tattoo Parlor in Santa Ana, pastor James Rasmussen didn't flinch as Rob Silva worked the long, silver needle into his pale skin. Rasmussen decided the faded blue tattoo of a biker on his right shoulder wasn't in tandem with his born-again lifestyle and wanted it covered with his church's symbol: a dove and a cross. "I want to be a walking billboard for Jesus Christ," said Rasmussen, clicking his tongue stud between his two front teeth.
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January 23, 2005 | William Lobdell, Times Staff Writer
A nationally known evangelist based in Orange County has issued an urgent fundraising letter, saying that a "bizarre error" by postal workers caused donations to be thrown away over several months. But those blamed for the alleged error have challenged the claim, and a critic has complained to postal inspectors about the high-profile ministry's assertion.
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