Over the weekend, Laurie Goodstein and I had a scoop in the Times about why Edwina Rogers (above) was fired from the Secular Coalition for America. Spoiler: it was her underling, not her, who embezzled money for liposuction.
And then, in other news, I wrote a column about superstar preachers in liberal Protestantism, like this woman, Barbara Brown Taylor:
The column begins:
Quick: Name a famous American preacher.
Chances are you came up with an television evangelist. The names come easily: Billy Graham, Robert H. Schuller and Oral Roberts; Jimmy Swaggart and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker; Joel Osteen and T. D. Jakes. Since World War II, American preaching has been synonymous with high-tech, media-savvy soul-winning, usually with a conservative, evangelical theology.
But while these evangelicals have sizable audiences and book sales, they appeal primarily to like-minded Christian conservatives. For those in the more liberal wings of the Congregational, Episcopal, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, there is a parallel world of preaching stars.
Last month, Minneapolis was the center of that sphere.