Friday, May 30, 2008

Let's praise a pastor.

This article, from the Dallas Morning News, concerns Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas.

Joe Barron, their pastor, was caught in a sting from an officer posing, on line, as a 13 year old.

The chief pastor, Jack Graham, made a statement to the church.


  • The chief pastor does not say 'our lawyers have advised us to keep quiet'.

  • He does not say 'we're appointing a committee to investigate this'.

  • He does not say 'the press is out to get us because they hate Christians'.

    Nope, he does quite the opposite and I, for one, am willing to applaud him for his statement. This article, by the way, can be found at the website of Prestonwood Baptist Church.

    It's nice to know not all church pastors have given in to fear:

    Prestonwood Baptist officials confront scandal before it becomes a comedy of errors.
  • Sunday, May 18, 2008

    Pastor of Megachurch arrested in sting operation.

    Joe Barren, pastor of the 26,000 member megachurch, Prestonwood Baptist, in Texas, was arrested in sting targeting 13 year olds.

    He was released on $7,000 bail.

    Good thing his church didn't practice polygamy, or dress like extras from Little House on the Prairie, or we'd have to call the ATF on 'em!

    Click here to read article.

    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    the civil cases against trinity baptist church of jacksonville, florida

    This page will be on hiatus until October, or until the next bit of breaking news.

    NOTE: the new address has changed from fundamentalamerica to

    The Civil Trials against Trinity Baptist Church:

    Download as PDF files:

    All of these cases, except two, have been tossed. Jane Doe #2 and #3 appear to still be on the dock.

    Jane Doe #1
    Jane Doe #2
    Jane Doe #3
    Jane Doe #4.
    Jane Doe #5.
    Denise Green

    Civil Cases Tossed
    (from Duval County Clerk, if you wish to research).

    NOTE: Dates refer to when they were posted on the Duval County Clerk's web page. They do not refer to when the decisions were made.

    Jane Doe is tossed, 3/19/2008
    Jane Doe appeals, and still tossed.
    Jane Doe #4, 12/6/2007
    Jane Doe #4 is tossed. The above document contains the lines:

    The Court concludes that the Plantiff's claim "the Defendant's silence and/or inaction in the face of an affirmative duty to disclose their knowledge of Rev. Gray's sexual behavior constitutes fraudulent concealment. . . for purposes of deflecting the statue of limitations" is without merit.

    Jane Doe #4, 1/25/2008
    Jane Doe, #5, 10/26/2007
    Jane Doe, #5, 12/17/2007
    Jane Doe, #5, 1/11/2008
    Denise Green, 4/28/2008

    Other tidbits from the Duval County Clerk's Office

    Trinity authorized to sell Bob Gray house on Allison Street.11/15/2006.

    $222,000 property apparently transferred to Sylvia Gray for $10.00, 11/06/2007.