Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of famed evangelist Billy Graham and author of several books, has stepped down as the senior pastor of the 2,000-member Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, confessing to having an affair. Tchividjian had served as the church’s senior pastor since 2009. In a statement to The Washington Post, Tchividjian said he recently discovered that his wife was having an ongoing affair, which eventually led them to separate. He wrote, “Sadly and embarrassingly, I subsequently sought comfort in a friend and developed an inappropriate relationship myself. Last week, I was approached by our church leaders and they asked me about my own affair. I admitted to it and it was decided that the best course of action would be for me to resign.”
Tchividjian said “my wife and I are heartbroken over our actions,” and asked for prayer. The church's executive pastor, Rob Pacienza, told the paper they will be “working with and assisting Pastor Tullian and his family to help them through this difficult time” ... Discuss
Elisabeth Elliott, influential writer and wife of Christian martyr Jim Elliot, died this morning, according to several sources. She was 88 years old.
Elliot’s first husband, Jim—subject of the 2005 docudrama, End of the Spear—was killed by members of an unreached tribe in eastern Ecuador—the very tribe he was trying to reach with the Gospel of Christ. Elisabeth Elliot authored two best-selling books about Jim's life, Through Gates of Splendor and Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testimony of Jim Elliot. And she eventually returned to the same tribe that killed her first husband to continue the work he began.
She wrote around 20 books—including classics such as Passion and Purity—and hosted of the radio show, Gateway to Joy, which ran through 2001 ... Discuss
Pope Francis is continuing his personal outreach to the homeless around Vatican City. The pontiff ordered a new, 30-bed homeless shelter to be built in the Vatican. As The Washington Post notes, it’s just the first in a series of actions to care for the homeless he’s undertaken since becoming pope: He’s installed free showers in Vatican City; paid for homeless individuals to visit the Shroud of Turin; arranged private museum tours; and even provided free shaves and haircuts ... Discuss