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Two sides to the story: Matt Chandler receives criticism for handling of sexual abuse.

Matt Chandler. Photo from YouTube

Monday, the New York Times ran an article titled “Her evangelical megachurch was her world. Then her daughter said she was molested by a minister.”

The story talks about the Village Church, a megachurch in Dallas, Texas and the home church of Matt Chandler, one of the most popular and dynamic pastors in the contemporary Evangelical movement.

The story chronicles a former church member named Christi Bragg whose daughter was sexually assaulted at a church sponsored retreat in 2012. The New York Times piece gives accounts of how the Village Church responded to the allegations.

The article gives the impression that the church did very little to help the family and glossed over a crime while only carrying about protecting their own interests as a church.