The Top 10 Christian News Stories of 2012

Anna Kuta, ReligionToday.com Editor

The Top 10 Christian News Stories of 2012

10. The TBN scandal: Brittany Koper, the granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Paul and Jan Crouch and its chief financial officer until September 2011, accused network directors of illegally distributing "charitable assets" worth more than $50 million for their personal use. TBN, in response, filed six lawsuits nationwide accusing Koper and her husband of engaging in a smear campaign to divert attention from financial problems of their own. After a California federal judge threatened to brand TBN a "vexatious litigant" because of its lawsuits seemed designed to "overwhelm the courts ... so as to avoid a rational decision on the merits," some critics of TBN called for ministries associated with evangelical icons to pull their programming from the network. "It's increasingly awkward for the mainstream ministries to stay on the network," said Dr. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. "Every new allegation, every new headline, makes it more difficult."

In Memoriam

Chuck Colson, the Watergate figure and Nixon "hatchet man" whose prison term and dramatic conversion to Christianity led him to dedicate more than 35 years of his life to prison ministry and evangelical leadership, died April 21 at age 80.

Thomas Kinkade, the beloved Christian artist known as the "Painter of Light," died of a drug and alcohol overdose April 6 at age 54.

Anna Kuta is the editor of ReligionToday.com.

Publication date: December 21, 2012

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