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  • Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Spirit of Fear

    An eight-month investigation uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse, coverups and lack of accountability that involved more than 400 sexual misconduct allegations at nearly 200 independent fundamental Baptist churches and affiliated organizations across the country.
  • A Trail of Abuse

    KCTV reporters found "The sexual abuse of boys at the First Baptist Church of Greenwood, MO by a music pastor, who, our investigation exposed, had a history of abusing boys in other churches. Our investigation also uncovered that the church pastor had a long relationship with the abuser and that despite pleas from police Pastor Mike Roy and other church officials refused to cooperate with police in the criminal investigation.”
  • Faith amid growing Masses: Collin sees Baptist stronghold fade as wave of Catholics migrates to area

    In the last 10 years in Dallas and Collin counties, a 50-year trend in religious affiliation has been reversed. Catholicism has become the dominant religion in previously Baptist strongholds. The story, based on data from the Census and the Glenmary Research Center in Nashville, Tenn., examines how migration over the years has changed the religious makeup and how that in turn has changed communities.
  • "In God We Bust"

    Flake tells the story of Great Hills Baptist Church in Austin, Texas -- a "megachurch" that grew too big for its britches. The church financed its growth through bonds, but eventually declared bankruptcy and pledged to pay back a portion of bondholders' investments. Story includes comments on financing churches through loans instead of bonds.
  • The big bucks of OSU sports

    When it comes to sports, Ohio State University increasingly is all business. The Dispatch takes a look at how the university competes just as hard to win in the financial arena as it does on the field.
  • Sweet Deals Gone Sour: Charges of kickbacks, rigged bids, and more surround Baptist Hospital construction executive Gerald Hemmer

    Two Nashville Scene articles detail a pattern of questionable and potentially illegal activity by the construction chief at a Baptist Hospital. It is believed he used his position to leverage, bully and manipulate the hospital's contractors into doing him favors.
  • The Moneychangers

    Chartered to raise funds for religious charities, the Baptist Foundation of Arizona and its web of subsidiaries have neglected good works in favor of financing real-estate empires for insiders, investing in highly speculative land deals and lavishing generous salaries, offices and automobiles on staff.
  • Sacred ground

    When other white churches feld to the suburbs, Tabernacle Presbyterian stayed put. Indianapolis Monthly asked the question: Is the church a beacon of hope or an anachronishm?
  • "King David; Power and Paranoia at Baptist Hospital"

    Baptist hospital is the largest nonprofit medical center in Nashville, competing in the shadow of Columbia/HCA How does Baptist distinguish itself? Longtime chief executive, C. David Stringfield, purports to be a devout Christian who runs a caring, philanthropic and religious institution. But a three-month Nashville Scene investigation revealed a vast gap between Stringfield's public persona and his true identity. Although a capable hospital administrator, Stringfield is a bizarre personality-- paranoid nasty, ultra-competitive, womanizing and money-grubbing. Under his stewardship, Baptist and its affiliate organizations have run into a string of financial and management problems. Stringfield himself appears to have been involved in several questionable financial dealings.
  • Two James Wares: The rise and fall of a judge

    The News recounts the story of James Ware, whose brother was gunned down by white supremacists on the day the 16th Street Baptist Church was bombed in 1963. The story led to revelations that a successful California federal judge had falsely claimed to be the same James Ware whose brother had been shot off the handlebars of his bicycle.