Church of God in Christ Inc.

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2008

    Is Rev. Jeremiah Wright a Hater?

    Rev. Jeremiah Wright will be honored by Texas Christian University's Brite Divinity School on March 28. These were his spiritual sons, men he’d ordained into ministry and sent into a hateful world. And now they’d turned their backs on him. Bishop Charles Harrison Mason, a Southern holy man, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2008
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    February 28, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Some Freaky Tales, Good God

    Sherman Allen sure is ... um ... interesting. The rumors floated around for years in the local Pentecostal church scene (and, on Unfair Park, for that matter). But Your Bible Girl's got the inside story: Pastor Sherman Allen’s strange affinities for crystal balls, voodoo and butt-whuppings. In thi ... More >>

  • News

    February 21, 2008

    Pentecostal Preacher Sherman Allen Turns Out to Be Reverend Spanky

    The Fort Worth preacher is accused of beating, threatening and assaulting women for more than 20 years

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007

    Holier Than Thou? The Church of God in Christ Fights for Its Roots.

    Is Church of God in Christ Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake soft on homosexuality and too cozy with loose-living celebrities? Is he taking his denomination -- the biggest Pentecostal body in the United States -- far away from its roots as a “holiness” church? Or is he ushering in much-needed m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007

    Sherman Allen Resigns from the Church of God in Christ

    Is Sherman Allen back on the job? So we hear ... Pastor Sherman Allen has left the Church of God in Christ and is back in the pulpit preaching, according to several sources. Allen, founder and pastor of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ -- the name of the church, one presumes, will have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007
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    July 6, 2007

    Bank Seeks Permission to Foreclose on Sherman Allen's Church

    For Pastor Sherman Allen, things just got a little bit worse. A Christian credit union has filed a motion in bankruptcy court asking permission to foreclose on the building that houses Pastor Sherman Allen's Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ, at 1270 Woodhaven Blvd. in Fort Worth. The Eva ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2007
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    May 21, 2007

    Do You See What She Sees?

    This week: The breadth and depth of the Sherman Allen case; and the blind prophetess Just how big is the Sherman Allen case? Well, here’s the tally of alleged victims who’ve come forward to date: 35. Many emerged after the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Dallas Morning News (which had been sit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2007

    Sherman Allen Gets Spanked

    Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ has been suspended from his pastoral duties. And not a moment too soon? The Church of God in Christ has suspended Fort Worth Pastor Sherman Allen "from all national and local pastoral roles and activities" within the denomination. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2007

    See, We're Not the Only Ones Writing About Sherman Allen

    Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ is accused of assaulting at least eight women. Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Melody McDonald had an excellent piece yesterday on the sexual allegations against Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Chris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2007

    Davina Kelly's Story

    This week, Davina Kelly details her allegations of abuse against Pastor Sherman Allen. A 33-year-old mother of three named Davina Kelly is at the center of the abuse allegations against Pastor Sherman Allen, and she is already the subject of much controversy in local black church circles. The questi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2007

    "Old Habits Die Hard"

    Bishop J. Neaul Haynes: What did he know about Pastor Sherman Allen, and what did he do about it? Pastor Sherman Allen's bishop in the Church of God in Christ, J. Neaul Haynes of Dallas, has been aware of paddling allegations involving Allen for at least 17 years. One of Allen's alleged victims, a w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2007

    Bishop Gilbert E. Patterson Dies

    Gilbert Patterson, presiding bishop of the Memphis-based Church of God in Christ, died yesterday of heart failure. He had been ill for some time. Patterson was much admired within his denomination, the largest Pentecostal body in the United States, with some 5 million members. He commanded respect t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 9, 2007

    The Kinky Preacher

    Pastor Sherman Allen of Shiloh Institutional Church of God in Christ offered advice on proper sex techniques, a source says. In what kind of church atmosphere would a woman submit to the unthinkable -- allowing her pastor to paddle her repeatedly in various states of undress, sometimes causing bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2007
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    February 23, 2007
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    February 9, 2007

    Bible Girl: Three Points and a Lame Joke

    This week: Ted Haggard, Sherman Allen and the ever-popular concept of holiness This morning I'm launching an occasional Bible Girl feature called Three Points and a Lame Joke, which will allow me to tackle multiple subjects in the same column. The name honors the evangelical formula for preaching -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2006

    Bible Girl: The Merry Christmas Edition

    It's a mellow week at the Dallas Observer. We've exchanged gifts. (Yikes--except me. You'll see me running through Target later today.) Right now I'm listening to a heated conversation in the distance about long-sleeved sweaters. We've got the day off tomorrow, and I'll be taking the opportunity to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2006

    Jesus, Send Money: Prosperity, Pt. 1

    In little Talco, certain lines were sharply drawn. Railroad tracks literally separated black from white in this rural East Texas town. And on the black side, you had a further division, of darkness and light. Darkness: The men, plus a few sad-faced women, who gathered to drink whiskey and beer under ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006
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    May 31, 2006

    Trapped in a Sea of Church Ladies

    Last night many women who attended a huge church conference at the Dallas Convention Center found themselves in the midst of a nightmarish crowd control situation when thousands of people were forced to exit through only two sets of two doors. When they finally wrenched themselves out of the mass of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2006

    Bishop T.D. Jakes, Revolutionary

    The lengthy story on T.D. Jakes in the March issue of The Atlantic Monthly is the best story that's appeared on the bishop to date, though that isn't saying much. (The Dallas Observer published the first major article on Jakes in 1996, but he and his ministry have changed a lot since then, so I'm no ... More >>

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Hip-hop's Public Enemy

    Minister G. Craige Lewis has one goal: Get hip-hop out of the church. Forever.

  • Film

    September 30, 2004

    Good God

    A bishop's book becomes a powerful movie about hypocrisy and salvation

  • Music

    July 24, 2003

    Holy Roller

    Arizona Juanita Dranes died in obscurity, but she is remembered now

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Lift Him Up

    The gospel truth about Christian blues pioneer Washington Phillips

  • Music

    April 30, 1998

    Funk that

    James Brown used them. Hip-hoppers stole from them. Will these women finally get their due?

  • News

    January 30, 1997

    Bully power

    Learning that rabble rules at Dallas school board meetings