‘When you Google evangelicals, you get Trump’: High-profile evangelicals will meet privately to discuss their future

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey

About 50 top leaders of major evangelical institutions will attend an invitation-only gathering next week to discuss the future and the “soul” of evangelicalism at a time when many of them are concerned their faith group has become tainted by its association with divisive politics under President Trump.

The diverse group, which includes nationally known pastors such as Tim Keller and A.R. Bernard, is expected to include leaders of major ministries, denominations, colleges and seminaries. The gathering will take place at Wheaton College, an evangelical college outside of Chicago, according to organizer Doug Birdsall, honorary chair of Lausanne, an international movement of evangelicals.

The gathering, which has been in the works for several months and was discussed at evangelist Billy Graham’s funeral last month, will take place before the expected meeting of a separate group of evangelicals who advise, defend and praise Trump. Those leaders, which include members of Trump’s informal advisory council, are considering convening at Trump International Hotel in Washington in June.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. @OP – many of them are concerned their faith group has become tainted
    by its association
    with divisive politics under President Trump.
    . . . . . .
    The gathering, which has been in the works for several months
    will take place before the expected meeting of
    a separate group of evangelicals who advise, defend and praise Trump.
    Those leaders, which include members of Trump’s informal advisory council, are considering convening at Trump International Hotel in Washington in June.

    That’s the thing about evangelical faith-thinking!
    It is possible to arrive at opposite view-points from the same starting point! Both groups are probably already firmly convinced of the correctness of their views!

    One will involve .. . .

    About 50 top leaders of major evangelical institutions
    will attend an invitation-only gathering.

    and the other will pretty much exclusively select Trump supporters and exclude critics if it is:

    convening at Trump International Hotel.

  2. @OP – About 50 top leaders of major evangelical institutions will attend an invitation-only gathering next week to discuss the future and the “soul” of evangelicalism at a time when many of them are concerned their faith group has become tainted by its association with divisive politics under President Trump.

    Let’s see what they make of the latest revelations about Trump’s “family values”?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-43821504

    Ex-Playboy model free to discuss alleged Trump affair

    Former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal has settled with American Media Inc (AMI), freeing her to discuss her alleged affair with Donald Trump.

    Ms McDougal had signed a $150,000 deal with AMI tabloid The National Enquirer which gave them exclusive story rights.

    She filed a lawsuit in California last month to be released from the so-called “catch and kill” deal.

    Ms McDougal says she had a 10-month affair with Mr Trump starting shortly after the birth of his son Barron.

    She previously apologised to First Lady Melania Trump about the relationship in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

    The former model’s lawyer, Peter Stris, reportedly described the settlement in an interview as a “total win”.

    “We got everything we were fighting for – she got out of the contract, gets the life rights back and owes AMI nothing more.”

    Under the terms of the settlement, Ms McDougal can keep the $150,000 she originally received, and has full rights to her own story.

    However, if she sells or licenses the story to another party within the next year, AMI is entitled to up to $75,000 of any profit she receives.

    Ms McDougal claims she was misled into signing the deal in August 2016, months before the election of President Trump.

    She claims at the time she thought the contract was a work agreement, and did not realise it would penalise her for speaking to other media.

    Moreover, the former model told CNN that her lawyer for the AMI deal, Keith Davison, was allegedly in contact with Mr Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen.

    The settlement explicitly states that while AMI cannot face any further legal action from Ms McDougal, Mr Davidson and Mr Cohen are not released from further claims.

    “For the avoidance of doubt, neither Keith Davidson nor Michael Cohen is an AMI Released Party,” the settlement reads.

    The FBI recently seized documents from Mr Cohen in a raid on his offices.

    Earlier this year, Mr Cohen admitted paying adult film actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 just before the 2016 US presidential election.

    Ms Daniels, real name Stephanie Clifford, said she had an affair with Mr Trump starting in 2006. She is suing the president to release herself from a non-disclosure agreement regarding the alleged relationship.

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