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Softball league calls a foul

This year a St. Clair, Mo., church softball league shrank from six to five teams when the pastors of three Baptist congregations said their groups wouldn't take the field against St. John United Church of Christ because of its openly bisexual pastor.

James Semmelroth Darnell, 27, pastor of St. John, called the reaction surprising — "I don't even play."

Noting his opposition, Ben Kingston, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in nearby Lonedell, said, "We believe God's word speaks clearly about boundaries, and that lifestyle is outside of those boundaries."


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