Tchividjian In More Trouble
He has been removed from his new job at Willow Creek Presbyterian Church and much of the Liberate Network board has resigned.
Both entities have received (or have been been forced to acknowledge) new information that could lead to new allegations about the defrocked pastor.
Tchividjian had recently had a couple of speaking engagements and it appeared that his parachurch ministry Liberate Network was taking on life again.
In reality, the heavy lifting on this story was done by bloggers again, particularly Julie Anne Smith of the Spiritual Sounding Board, along with the eminent Mr. Throckmorton.
Smith has paid for doing her work.
Tchividjian supporters, in particular Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio, have questioned her motives, her sources, and her character.
Rosebrough basically condemned her as a “witch hunter” yesterday, exclaiming that he had “primary source material” that vindicated Tchividjian and refuted Smith.
I’ll be interested to hear his program today…
What often happens in these situations is that the more mainstream media have access to the celebrities, but bloggers have access to the victims.
For many bloggers, the story is about those who have no voice, not those whose voices have given them wealth and power.
Because of the imbalance of both, many victims cannot or will not come forward…but the stories they tell are true and worthy of attention.
It puts us in a very difficult position to tell those stories without creating further harm to those already wounded.
Credibility is earned over time…and Julie Anne Smith has once again proved to be a credible reporter.
The Tchividjian case opens up the whole issue of when, how, and if fallen pastors should be restored.
Those answers will still prove difficult to discern…but in this case, we now have much more information to work with.