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We got a tip many weeks ago about The Ridge pastor Mark Jones, being accused of having sex witth a young woman. However, with not enough evidence or not knowing the full story, we chose not to act on this tip.

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We got a tip many weeks ago about The Ridge pastor Mark Jones, being accused of having sex witth a young woman.  However, with not enough evidence or not knowing the full story, we chose not to act on this tip.  Today, we received a little more information.  Teaching Pastor Mark Jones is being accused of having sex with a woman he was counseling through a divorce.  In the midst of this counseling, the relationship turned from counselor/counselee to a sexual thing.

 

We are also told that this woman, name unknown, at this point is suing both Mark Jones and The Ridge.  When calling The Ridge to ask for transcripts, Columbuzz Staff was told that they would not release them, however, all questions should be directed to The Ridge.

 

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Andrea Tian 29/05/2013 16:29:29
This is not news, and it barely fits in the religion section. It's gossip, pure and simple, regardless of what did or didn't happen. If no minors were involved, let the Ridge deal with the matter, and don't drag names through the mud. Shame on Columbuzz for posting this.
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Administrator 29/05/2013 19:02:28
So, a pastor at one of the biggest churches in Columbus doing a member in the choir room isn't something people need to be told? Apparently your child didn't walk in and catch them. Reportedly it was recorded on video too.
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Andrea Tian 29/05/2013 18:53:38
I am still annoyed by this. Seriously, this is just poor journalism anyway. "We got a tip..." No source cited. Of course not, it's gossip, the source wouldn't want to be named. How did the source come across this information? How do we know it's accurate, no one even knows the woman's name (would they print it if they did know?) "The relationship turned from counselor/counselee to a sexual thing." Really? A sexual "thing"? What exactly is a sexual "thing"? The article says the woman is suing the pastor. If she already has, her name should be a matter of public record, and more information could be easily tracked down. If she has not, then whether she actually will or not is speculation. And Columbuzz asked the Ridge for transcripts...it's very unclear, transcripts of what?

The Republic wouldn't touch this with a 10-foot pole. Because it's not news, it's not journalism, it's trash, and it borders on slander.
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Administrator 29/05/2013 19:10:16
Libel, not slander. Only if it's untrue. If so, we heard slander from a whole bunch of people.

So, we have witnesses and proof. You say what we say is false. Where is your proof or are you trying to libel us?

If you weren't the lucky parishioner bent over the choir chair, you don't know what did or didn't happen, what we were told by dozens of people, or what evidence we have. So maybe you should stop spreading rumors about what we have or know or can prove.

I called the Ridge today because we were told the Ridge had a transcript explaining everything they were handing out so they would be very open about what happened. They didn't deny it happened but they told me that those asking should call the church directly.

In my opinion, if a preacher is screwing the congregation, he probably shouldn't be a preacher.

You have the right to disagree, and I have the right to not care.
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Randall 30/05/2013 11:06:13
I am OK with him being restored and all that but either way he is just another "Christian" which means he acts just like anyone that is not a Christian but tells everyone how to live according to Christ. That is what is called hypocrisy or you could just refer to them (them as in almost all Christians) Modern Day Pharisees.
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Administrator 29/05/2013 19:13:13
And The Republic wouldn't touch a pole vault stick with a ten foot pole, if it might offend a big advertiser.

What's your point?
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Administrator 29/05/2013 19:19:17
And I'm annoyed that you're more annoyed with the report of this than you are at the fact that a preacher was screwing a member of the congregation IN the church!
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Pooh Bear 29/05/2013 20:41:38
Did anyone try to find out if maybe he was trying to help her reach the high notes? I know I have a much wider vocal range with a man behind me. Did you maybe investigate that? :)
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Pooh Bear 29/05/2013 21:01:07
He has a great sermon on The Ridge's website titled "Family Matters" from 2009...worth a listen.
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Randall 30/05/2013 11:01:30
I am so glad to have been delivered from the chains of church and organized Christianity. I still believe in Christ but Christianity of today is not what "Christians" think it is. To me the these religious clubs called "church" have reached a total state of apostasy. This even includes every last small town church that is made of up nothing but elderly. Even they cannot see past the beams in their own eyes, full of judgment and bigotry. They back bite each other and hate anyone or anything that does not conform to their teachings. They tell you not to steal but they steal. Tell you not to cheat but then cheat. It is all plastic fodder from the top flowing down unto the masses all in the name of self preservation. The church is no longer of God that is why it must self preserve itself through fear. Santa Clause religion, do good and God will reward you. Be a good little boy and girl and Santa will bring you gifts made in China. Gag. Who knows if it this even true no difference to me. I wasn't gong back to there or any other church anytime soon if ever for that matter. This would have been my church of choice mostly because they seemed to not believe in legalism although it was obviously dead and the people mostly fake but that was probably the best choice but now just like the others true colors have been shown, if this is true. As t the person saying the republic wont carry a story like this? Of course not. Look at the abuse and scandalous stuff that Tim and Jim miracle pulled off and not a peep from anyone. Even Columbuzz has taken the articles down about them. Oh well I am so glad to be free from all of this. I will be spending quality time with my family on Sunday teaching them the philanthropic values of Christ and how to love, not the Capitalist Zionist poisoned right wing bigot extremest human hating Christ taught today.
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Sheela 30/05/2013 14:35:28
WOW....Check Mate
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Brick Layer 30/05/2013 22:24:53
Todays sermon.....
How to give an erotic tithe to make him rise again?

LOL..........oh brother.
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Administrator 31/05/2013 03:11:27
from: Trevor Crossen via columbuzz.net
to: "submit@columbuzz.net" submit@columbuzz.net>
date: Thu, May 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM
subject: The ridge

I am Amanda Parker's attorney. Please direct all correspondence to my attention.

Trevor J. Crossen
CROSSEN KOOI, LLP
14390 Clay Terrace Blvd.Suite 201
Carmel, IN 46032
317-569-1335
www.IndyInjuryFirm.com
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Administrator 31/05/2013 03:12:43
This Amanda Parker? She is suing the church and the preacher?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsjje9T0FKA
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