A day after Ted Haggard appeared as a guest at MyChurch in Midland, he met privately with 15 Columbus pastors to talk about the way Christians treat each other.
The clergy met at Jumpin’ Java off Whitesville Road,said the Rev. Jeff Murphy of MyChurch, who attended the gathering.“It was a great meeting,” Murphy said Monday.
For about 90 minutes, the clergy covered such themes as grace and repentance.
Remarking all “sin is sin,” Murphy said Christians tend to elevate certain ones unfairly, notably homosexuality.
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Haggard’s beginning, end
Haggard founded New Life Church in Colorado Springs in 1984. He is also the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals.
In 2006, he resigned from the church after soliciting a gay prostitute for sex and methamphetamine. After the scandal, Haggard spent three weeks in intense counseling, after which he announced he remained heterosexual.
In January, New Life confirmed that it paid a six-figure settlement in 2007 to a 20-year-old man — a former church volunteer — who said he’d had non-consensual sex with Haggard.
Haggard is married with children; his wife, Gayle, has stuck by him.
“We all have differences of opinions, thoughts and ideas,” said Murphy, whose church is six months old. “Our understanding of the gospel is that Jesus came to give people a second chance.”
In fact, “Second Chance” is the name of a sermon series at MyChurch. It will go on two more weeks.Murphy said Monday he’d received “phenomenal feedback” from the Sunday service.
“There are people who have been wounded or jaded — not by Jesus but by the church. They have been kicked to the curb,” he said. “We’re helping people find their way back to God. We’re all in a process of finding out how great God is.”