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Sex Scandals and the Evangelical Mind

Posted on AllSides September 6th, 2022
From The Center
Religion and Faith, Sexual Misconduct, Evangelicals
Image: Illustration by Rick Szuecs / Source images: Envato Elements

When news of Matt Chandler’s “inappropriate” online relationship popped up in my phone notifications last week, I was in the middle of a church staff retreat with my copastors, who are all male. I interrupted one of them to read the story aloud.

The news landed like a lead balloon between us, and then we came together as a group and talked about how stories like this make us feel and whether our own ministry friendships might be “inappropriate.”

The larger evangelical world was shaken too. Twitter exploded with a reanimated debate over the Billy...

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