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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 1987 | From Associated Press
Recently spotlighted moral-financial hanky-panky in some TV ministries have raised questions about what all the money given to them accomplishes, compared to results from other religious giving. Just what specific work is sustained by the donated TV millions in comparison to that resulting from similar contributions to other churches?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1987 | BOB SCHWARTZ, Times Staff Writer
Undeclared presidential candidate Pat Robertson, attempting to prevent the recent scandal involving popular evangelists from tarnishing his own image, said in Anaheim Monday night that he has "never been an evangelist." Speaking at a press conference before a fund-raising dinner at the Anaheim Hilton, Robertson said that while he is "proud of the fact that I am an ordained Southern Baptist minister, I am also much broader in scope than has been portrayed in the press. . . .
NEWS
April 4, 1986 | Associated Press
The Rev. Pat Robertson, who on Thursday announced layoffs and cutbacks at his Christian Broadcasting Network, blames the church-building boom, falling oil prices and his interest in the presidency for a slump in contributions. The network said it is selling its three TV stations, canceling its toll-free telephone line and laying off 41 employees because contributions have been lower than expected this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 1990 | From Times News Services
Religious broadcasters suffering from falling ratings and dwindling public confidence are turning their eyes toward a new market--the Soviet Union. Two prominent television ministers, Robert Schuller and Pat Robertson, announced new Soviet ventures during the annual meeting this week of the National Religious Broadcasters, and others are clearly interested in penetrating the Soviet Bloc in the new age of openness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 1987 | United Press International
About 800 members of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), disgruntled with the leadership of one-time disciple Ronald Reagan, challenged the President's Christian convictions in a letter circulated at the denomination's biennial convention this week. The letter, drafted by the independent Disciples Peace Fellowship and distributed among about 2,000 delegates, drew about 800 signatures before being sent to the White House at the conclusion Wednesday of the General Assembly of the 1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 1989 | LYNN SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. John Huffman reached for a worn Bible in his book-lined study. It was a gift, he said, a gesture of graciousness, from a man in the midst of a glorious but doomed career. The inscription says that Huffman, as a messenger of God's word, "strengthened each of us in the work of peace and human justice." It was signed Richard Nixon . Now pastor of the 4,000-member St.
NEWS
February 22, 1988 | JOHN DART, Times Religion Writer
Popular evangelist Jimmy Swaggart, under church investigation reportedly for adultery, tearfully confessed Sunday that he had sinned and he will leave the pulpit for an indefinite period--marking the second major blow to television evangelism within a year. "I beg your forgiveness," Swaggart beseeched 7,000 worshipers at his World Faith Center in Baton Rouge, La. Embraced by his wife, Frances, and applauded frequently by his faithful, Swaggart heard a sympathetic statement from an Assemblies of God state official, who said that the fire-and-brimstone minister had confessed with "true humility" to "specific incidents of moral failure."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
The death of a salesman? TV evangelist Oral Roberts said that God told him he would die if he didn't raise $8 million by March 31. After getting his money, he reported that the Lord told him that he needed to raise $8 million a year for the rest of his life. And speaking of gospel vendors, everyone knows by now that TV evangelist Jim Bakker admitted that a church secretary was paid money to hush up his fleeting sexual liaison with her in 1980.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 20, 1991 | JOHN DART, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
The Rev. FredericC. Price, pastor of the 12,500-member Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles, was holding court for ministers this week at the first conference of his newly created national fellowship of urban churches. Perched on a tall chair, Price deftly handled inquiries about finances, TV ministries and staff discipline. He struggled, however, to respond tactfully to a pastor from Rockford, Ill.
NEWS
January 6, 1990 | MARK I. PINSKY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Paul Crouch, founder and president of Tustin-based Trinity Broadcasting Network, has resigned from the National Religious Broadcasters, citing "lying, trumped-up charges (that) were aimed at the heart" of his 24-hour-a-day Christian programming service.
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