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Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dead at 95

Efrem Zimbalist Jr. Dead at 95

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Breaking! Senator Mark Hatfield Dies at 89

Mark Hatfield, a high profile United States Senator and Governor of Oregon, died yesterday, Sunday, August 7, 2011 at a Portland residence. He had become increasingly frail for the last couple of years. He was as much known for his Christian faith as he was as a politician. This writer got to know him through our frequent appearances together on The PTL Club, the international Christian TV program out of Charlotte, North Carolina, hosted by Jim and Tammy Bakker.

He was a Republican, but was known as a liberal in politics. He was against nuclear war, but he was not a pacifist. He supported programs to aid the poor, but wanted to put an end to welfare. He was a friend to Billy Graham, co-sponsored a resolution with Sen.Edward Kennedy and he would become the Chairman of the powerful Appropriations Committee.

While he would often vote against a measure that 90 percent of his constituents wanted, they would continue to reelect him to office. As the New York Times lamented, "He does not fit the mold."

In an October 23, 1982 interview with Christianity Today (CT), Hatfield recalled that he responded to Jesus in April of 1935. He went to Williamette University, a Methodist school in Salem, where he had to attend chapel every day, three days a week.

He served in the navy in 1943, and carried with him a little New Testament that his parents gave him, which he kept with him right up to the end of his life.

Breaking! Richard Dortch of Jim Bakker's PTL Club Dead at 79

A news alert just arrived from our Spokane, Washington contributor, Richard Lee, a pastor and rising radio talk show host, informing us of the death of Rev. Richard Dortch whom we both knew for many years.

My acquaintance with Dortch began when I was an evangelist and he was the Illinois Superintendent for The Assemblies of God (AG) duirng 1970 to 1983. He also served as the Executive Presbyter for AG from 1971-1985 and I would later work with him when he took the helm for Jim Bakker’s PTL Club, where I was a regular guest.

When the PTL Club became embroiled in a financial controversy which sent Bakker to prison, collapsing the PTL Club. Dortch. also tainted by the scandal, went oiut of sight for a time while he got himself back together.

The PTL Club had sold more time shares to their Heritage Hotel than they could ever accomodate while Dortch was paid a huge salary which was excessive for a minister even though not criminal.

Other revelations of the Bakkers having an air conditioner in their dog house was front paged in The Charlotte Observer, which constantly attacked PTL and Jim Bakker from the first signs of its success. And that was a time when they were doing everything right.

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