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Willow Creek fallout continues as pastor and elders all resign

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Willow Creek church was formerly the third largest church in America. A trailblazing church over the past 40 years under the visionary leadership of Bill Hybels. Hybles planned to retire later this year but this past spring, the Chicago Tribune reported about accusations of sexual misconduct. In the fallout, Hybels retried shortly after. The reigns left to Willow pastors Heather Larson and Steve Carter.

This past week, a new story of multiple instance of groping a former secretary, and one sexual act between Hybels and the sectary were reported in the New York Times. On Sunday, Carter resigned.

Last night, at a special meeting, Larson resigned and the elder board of Willow has also announced their resignation.

Rape investigation botched: more evidence that little was done to investigate Jameis Winston

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Going back to football season, I had paid attention to the alleged sexual assault committed by Florida State star quarterback Jameis Winston. Something always seemed off about the case.

Today, the New York Times has an investigative piece by Walt Bogdanich which explains the situation and the chain of events.

I realize that we are innocent until proven guilty. I’m not saying that I’m so certain that Winston is absolutely guilty. But this article confirms the gut feeling I had from everything else I’ve ever read about this alleged crime: That the university and the city police department did very little to get to the bottom of this case when the allegations were originally made.

Here are a few noteworthy pieces of information pertaining to the initial investigation: