“Making a comeback is one of the most difficult things to do with dignity.” Greg Lake
Time for a catch-up of sorts.
Brian and Bobbie Houston are back. The Sydney Morning Herald posted Houston’s comeback with the true believers.
I like how to writer described them as “disgraced and defiant.”
Brian and Bobbie Houstonare hatching plans for their comeback after returning to Sydney from a fire and brimstone tour of America’s megachurches.
Their homecoming is ahead of Brian Houston’s court appearance in December to defend criminal charges that he failed to report his paedophile father, the late evangelist Frank Houston, to police.
On November 9, the celebrity ministry couple has planned “An Evening with Bobbie and Brian,” billed as a time of connection, fellowship, preaching from Brian Houston, and prayer. The event will be held at Pioneer Theatre in Sydney—located about three miles from Hillsong’s flagship campus in the city’s Hills District, where the Houstons founded the global megachurch in 1983.
In a Tuesday social post, Brian Houston announced that “all the tickets were gone in less than 2 hours!” and a second, earlier time has been added. Noting that the event will be live-streamed online, the event summary concludes: “Great things start with small beginnings!”
It appears Houston has a “woman” problem as well. According to the Sydney Morning Herald:
In March, he announced his resignation as Global Senior Pastor following an internal investigation that found he breached the church’s moral code in his behaviour towards two women. His replacement, long-term friend Pastor Phil Dooley, said the alleged first incident involved a female church member who quit after making a complaint about an “inappropriate” text message from Houston 10 years ago.
“It was along the line of ‘if I was with you, I’d like to kiss and cuddle you’, words of that nature,” Pastor Dooley said. Houston reportedly paid the woman several months’ salary to compensate her.
The second alleged incident followed complaints from a woman who had attended Hillsong’s annual church conference at Homebush in 2019, who ended up having Houston in her hotel room afterwards for 40 minutes.
As Houston said in this Instagram: “We’re still here.”
Guess who else may still be here? Carl Lentz!
It looks like he is letting us know that he is very much alive and possibly plotting his comeback. Gotta love the edgy family look.
ARBCA: If you can’t win as a denomination, try politics and mess that up as well.
Just like the above-fallen celebrities, ARBCA has lost a bunch of churches and a bunch of people. They are barely hanging on. A year ago, I got a call about a former ARBCA leader running for office in the mountains of North Carolina. A year later, Todd posted this on Twitter.
Mark Driscoll seems to be returning to his roots: IIt’sall about male masculinity.
Money must be tight in Scottsdale, so it’s time to break out what worked at Mars Hill in 2010. He made the big bucks, then. Why not now?
The conga line of fallen pastors keeps getting longer and louder.