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New Life Church

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    September 11, 2014

    Skanks Documents a Community Drag Musical in Birmingham, Alabama

    Even in the most conservative areas, theater provides a home for the misfits, the oddballs, the outcasts and the rebels. In his new documentary, Skanks, David McMahon follows a group of performers as they prepare to perform Billy Ray Brewton's raunchy drag musical Skanks in a One Horse Town, in Birm ... More >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Photos: Five more nice/nasty definitions of Colorado cities on Urban Dictionary

    Last week, we shared with you five nice/nasty definitions of five Colorado cities -- Boulder, Greeley, Vail, Grand Junction and Denver -- on Urban Dictionary. But those were hardly the only places from our fair state to get the sometimes on-point/often flat-out-crazy treatment from the site's inspir ... More >>

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    August 22, 2013

    Photos: The seven biggest megachurches in Colorado

    This week's cover story, "The Prodigal Pastor," focuses on Gil Jones, a dynamic preacher who built two modest, youth-oriented "seeker" churches into thriving megachurch operations, then abruptly stepped down amid complaints about his relationships with women in his congregation -- and is now embroil ... More >>

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    March 25, 2013

    Video: John Hickenlooper's angry exchange with reporter latest example of his very hard year

    For Governor John Hickenlooper, it was a very hard week at the end of a hard year, filled with disasters both natural and man-made -- disasters Colorado is still struggling to understand. The frustrations that consumed Hickenlooper over the past twelve months came bubbling out during an interview ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Thorn, a Vegas-style passion play, takes Easter up a notch

    For hundreds of years, Christians all over the world have been telling the story of Jesus Christ's life and death in the form of dramatic theater. From the devout actors in the Philippines using actual nails-through-the-hands, to Mel Gibson grossing $600 million portraying the bloodiest Jesus in Hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2012

    Gary Busey steals the show from Ted Haggard on Celebrity Wife Swap

    Heading into the airing of tonight's episode of Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC, the talk around here focused almost exclusively on Pastor Ted Haggard, who had to leave his mega New Life Church in Colorado Springs five years ago after "the scandal." But when the show aired at 8 p.m. Colorado time, "The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Ted Haggard in GQ: Masturbation by male escort isn't "sex sex," he'd be bisexual if younger

    Ted Haggard.​The problem Ted Haggard is facing in his continuing effort to rehabilitate his image enough to become a national media star again is that the very thing he doesn't want to talk about -- his dalliance with male escort Mike Jones -- is pretty much the only thing that intrigues repor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Ted Haggard: Is reality TV in his future?

    Is Ted Haggard ready for his closeup?​Update, 11:25 a.m.: Ted Haggard has made his announcement. It involves a launch party for his new church and a possible documentary. Details below the original item, published at 8:36 a.m. Today at 10:30 a.m., embattled Colorado Springs evangelist Ted Hag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Ted Haggard's new church unlikely to feature massages -- damn it!

    "Let's start off with a lesson about forgiveness."​Every day, we pluck choice posts from Denver blogs. Here are three ripe ones. 5280's Michael de Yoanna hips us to disgraced Colorado Springs pastor Ted Haggard's new church, dubbed St. James -- presumably because the name New Life Church was ... More >>

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    December 28, 2009

    Top 10 Colorado sex acts of the decade

    A Flickr photo.​ Everybody loves a good, home-grown sex scandal. Especially scandals that involve Evangelical Christians, bestiality, horny moms and naughty schoolteachers. (Not all at once, sadly.) Colorado has played host to its fair share of salaciousness this past decade. Here, we look ba ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Top 10 Colorado shmucks of decade

    ​It ain't easy being a shmuck. Not as mean as an asshole, not as ignorant as a shithead, a shmuck takes idiocy to an epic level, a moron whose fall from grace has far-reaching repercussions. We've been celebrating weekly shmucks for a long, long time -- but to be named one of Colorado's top 10 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Ted Haggard and Norman Rockwell

    ​"It's a Norman Rockwell scene," Ted Haggard told the reporters gathered outside his Colorado Spring home last night, where the New Life Church founder and disgraced minister was about to start his first, off-the-record prayer meeting. "It's a 'Kumbaya' moment." A Norman Rockwell scene? Only ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: Revving up for the week ahead

    You auto know better: In advance of the Denver Auto Show, which revs up in the Colorado Convention Center April 1 through April 5, the Metro Denver Automobile Dealers Association is hosting the second annual Rocky Mountain Auto Summit today, covering everything from technology to financing to green ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The dudes of Haggard

    "This is part of Ted's journey," Gayle Haggard told a reporter. "It's made him a better man. I see what has happened as a divine rescue." Of the Haggards' bank account, if nothing else. Three years ago Ted Haggard, then pastor of the New Life Church and head of the National Association of Evangeli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2009

    New York Times calls play about Colorado Springs "inquisitive"

    The New York Times yesterday published a review of This Beautiful City, a play about Colorado Springs that, in the words of the New York-based theater troupe that performs it, "explores the Evangelical movement and its unofficial U.S capital." The Times praised the documentary play, which is based o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    New Life Church shooting victim speaks out prior to Ted Haggard media tour

    Amid all the revelations connected with Ted Haggard's attempted resurrection on HBO and Oprah, the accusations of payoffs involving yet another young man lusted after by the former pastor ("Watch the KRDO report featuring Ted Haggard's latest accuser"), and assorted other sordidness, a greater bit o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 28 edition

    Hungry yet? Today in Cafe Society: • Fox restaurants offering crafty deals for winter meals. • Mozart Bar gets ready for Mozart -- or some piano player. • Snarf's sub shop opening on Capitol Hill. • More proof that Democrats will buy anything Obama-related. • Macaroni Grill closing in Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Watch the KRDO report featuring Ted Haggard's latest accuser

    Suddenly, Ted Haggard is everywhere again. Yesterday, the disgraced former pastor of Colorado Springs' New Life Church, who left that post following revelations of homosexual conduct unveiled by onetime male escort Mike Jones (who's made a new video lambasting the church), was named in headlines and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Wake-Up Call: The week ahead, from calf-ropin' to budget-bustin'

    Governor Bill Ritter was at the last day of the National Western Stock Show, taking in the rodeo with his family (Ritter was one of twelve kids, all raised on a farm in eastern Aurora) -- and enjoying a few light moments before the hard work of the week ahead. When a steer broke free of his handlers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Mike Jones demands apology from New Life Church in latest Ted Haggard scandal

    This morning on Peter Boyles' KHOW talk show, Mike Jones, the onetime male escort who went public about his relationship with nationally known New Life Church pastor Ted Haggard, blasted New Life Church for covering up information that Haggard had been involved in a sexual relationship with another ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    The Westword.com blog shortcut, January 26 edition

    Look out below! Falling blogs! Today in Cafe Society: • Rock, paper, scissors, booze at Nine75. • Mark & Isabella now open in Belmar. • Just in time for the Super Bowl, a Milking It review of Cap'n Crunch's Touchdown Crunch. • Buenos Aires Grill to close. • Thanasi Foods thinks Bigs with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2008

    The long silence of Matthew Murray's parents

    Maybe I missed it, but I didn't see any comments from Ronald or Loretta Murray in the one-year anniversary stories about the church shootings in Arvada and Colorado Springs. But then, the Murrays haven't been eager to talk publicly about the multiple tragedies spawned by their deeply disturbed son M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2008

    Report: Ted Haggard Finally Admits to Sexual Contact With Mike Jones

    Although former New Life Church leader Ted Haggard said that he had been guilty of "sexual immorality" in his 2006 farewell letter to his congregation, he insisted that any massages he received from frequent Westword subject Mike Jones lacked a happy ending. Now, however, at least one news organizat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    The "Welcome Back Haggard" Theme Song

    When Mr. Kotter came back to Brooklyn, he was welcomed by the Sweathogs with open arms… eventually. Maybe that same thing will happen between Ted Haggard and the congregation of the New Life Church, which he once led. Hey, with a name like “New Life Church,” they’ve got to be pretty acceptin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2008

    The Top Ten Welcome Home Gifts for Ted Haggard

    On June 22, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported that Ted Haggard, who'd been asked to leave his post as chief evangelical at New Life Church in 2006 after admitting to "sexual immorality" in his dealings with Denver masseuse Mike Jones, had returned to his Colorado Springs home after an extended e ... More >>

  • News

    March 20, 2008

    Stage Fright

    Mike Jones looked buff in the buff, but when the naked truth about a Denver ordinance was exposed, the nudity had to exit stage left.

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2008

    Jesus Loves Irony

    I finally watched Jesus Camp this weekend. It’s a documentary about a North Dakota-based Pentecostal summer camp for children called Kids on Fire School of Ministry. Yeah, a terrifying name for a camp. But in the context of the cult-like atmosphere where 7-year-olds are instructed on how to proper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2008

    More Pieces of the Matthew Murray Puzzle

    "The entire unfolding of these events was a shock for us. Matthew had never expressed a desire for violence toward anybody. We had no idea he had ownership of weapons or any plan." That's Ronald Murray, the neurosurgeon father of New Life Church gunman Matthew Murray, expressing his bewilderment on ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    March 12, 2008
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    February 28, 2008

    Mathew Murray Shooting God’s Plan?

    The three consecutive evenings that the Focus on the Family radio broadcast is devoting to the subject of the Matthew Murray shooting rampage is shaping into a fascinating listen – and not just because it’s the first time that the parents, Ronald and Loretta Murray, are speaking publicly about t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2007

    Does This Photograph Glorify Matthew Murray?

    Under ordinary circumstances, the attached photograph of a twerpy-looking young man looking down at an electronic keyboard as if confused about what the hell to do with it would never be considered a glamour shot. But a media debate is raging over how and even if news organizations should use the im ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2007

    Matthew Murray, Ted Haggard and Double Lives

    Despite official denials at the outset that gunman Matthew Murray had any connection to New Life Church, where he killed two young women on Sunday, a very different picture is emerging from Murray's copious online postings. A 2004 visit by Murray to the New Life campus apparently drove a deeper wedg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    Matthew Murray’s Nightmare of Christianity

    The gunman who killed four young people in Arvada and Colorado Springs despised his own deeply fundamentalist upbringing but couldn’t quite escape it. Even while quoting copiously from the Web rantings of Columbine killer Eric Harris (“God, I can’t wait until I can kill you people”) in his o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2007

    The Broncos, the New Life Church and Arvada Shootings, and Local TV Priorities

    When I clicked on my television Sunday afternoon, December 9, I thought all I'd see was football. Instead, I got a crystal-clear lesson in TV priorities, as assorted stations covered and/or didn't cover a pair of local shootings -- one at Arvada's Youth With a Mission center, the other at Colorado S ... More >>

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Larry Craig Shlepped Here!

    Sex marks the spot at these DIA bathrooms.

  • News

    July 12, 2007

    Jonesing

    New Life Church has gotten a makeover since Ted Haggard left as Mike Jones reports from the inside.

  • News

    June 14, 2007

    Me and Mr. Jones

    Blow jobs are short. Scandals are not.

  • News

    March 1, 2007

    Panhandle With Care

    We're all just a home away from homeless.

  • News

    March 1, 2007

    Life Swap

    More newspaper reporters are taking the leap to TV -- a move some print pros still see as consorting with the enemy.

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    Lots of Yuk

    If counseling didnt do it, these late-night gabfests should set Ted Haggard straight.

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    More Snickers

    After a few weeks of counseling, Ted Haggard -- who just reached a settlement with the New Life Church that dictates he never talk about the Mike Jones scandal that led to his resignation from the church he founded -- insists he's "completely heterosexual." Never mind the gay porn, the meth and the ... More >>

  • News

    December 28, 2006

    Year in Review: The Great Pretenders

    Welcome to the 2006 Hall of Shame.

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    November 16, 2006

    Sin City

    Colorado Springs has a message for James Dobson: Let Ted moo!

  • News

    November 16, 2006

    Tape Heads

    Channel 4 plans to phase out videotape in the coming year. Could the jobs of people who work with it be next?

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2006
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    November 9, 2006

    Brave New World

    Meet The Real World: Denver" cast before they join the collective.

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    November 2, 2006
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    September 8, 2005

    The Message

    Waste Not

  • News

    May 26, 2005

    The Message

    Prophetable

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