Now that the proper time of mourning has passed, we can stop with the respectability game and report the truth: while Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith, who passed away from cancer last week at 86, was a titan of American Christianity, he was quite often a raving lunatic who seemed better suited to ... More >>
Last fall, we reported how frequent Calvary Chapel critic Alex Grenier--son of Bob Grenier, pastor at Calvary Chapel Visalia--was being sued by his father for libel and defamation. Alex has long maintained on his blog that his father physically abused him, and has made other explosive claims, claims ... More >>
Are Potato State perverts threatening the church's OC base?
It appears that another chapter has been written in the ongoing embarrassment that is Calvary Chapel's refusal to intervene in one of its affiliate church's fusterclucks. Alex Grenier, who is documenting his fight against Calvary Chapel corruption and the alleged abuses of his stepfather, Re ... More >>
We've been reporting on the saga of Alex Grenier, son of Calvary Chapel Visalia pastor Bob Grenier, who has come forward to decry the child-abuser friendly atmosphere in the Calvary Chapel galaxy through tales of his own physical abuse at the fists of his father. The Calvary Chapel minions are fr ... More >>
Sorry that I'm late to this, but here's a blockbuster: last week, from the pulpit of the Calvary Chapel mothership in SanTana (even though they call themselves CC Costa Mesa), head Chuck Smith blasted an abuse survivor of one of his pastors and promised divine retribution upon the victim for dari ... More >>
Smith: For how long will he smile?You'll remember last year we brought ustedes the story of Alex Grenier, whose stepfather is the pastor at Calvary Chapel Visalia and whom Grenier says physically abused him repeatedly as a child. Since then, Grenier has become a hero to the many, many people burn ... More >>
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Mary Bell/OC WeeklyAs we mentioned a few months ago, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, Long Beach-based, Grammy-award-winning keyboardist for Mars Volta, is now taking some time off Mars Volta to focus on Free Moral Agents.As Ikey expanded his 2002 solo project into a full band five years ago, he corral ... More >>
Smith: a titan of American Christian, a gnat of a manOne of these days, I'm going to get around to investigate Calvary Chapel and the many allegations sent my way that it protects abusers within their ranks. It's one of American Christianity's great open secrets, and only Christianity Today has t ... More >>
Taylor HerronThe Growlers are gettin' busy on the road in November. In the month that saw the launch of their glamorous debut on NBC LA, Costa Mesa's psychedelic surf-rockers embark on a new tour up the West Coast to support their latest LP Are You In or Out (Everloving Records). The t ... More >>
Everyone Agrees that Shantae Molina killed her baby. The only question is: Was it murder?
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