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Published June 24, 2010, 09:45 AM

Minnesota Pastor Likely to Keep His Job

A Minneapolis Lutheran pastor could be back in his conservative church's pulpit soon despite a gay magazine's report that he attended a support group for men trying to control same-sex attractions.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minneapolis Lutheran pastor could be back in his conservative church's pulpit soon despite a gay magazine's report that he attended a support group for men trying to control same-sex attractions.

The Rev. Tom Brock is senior pastor at Hope Lutheran Church and a vocal critic of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's recent move to allow noncelibate gay clergy.

Last week, Lavender Magazine published a story by a writer who went undercover in a Catholic support group where Brock revealed his own attraction to men.

The magazine's publisher says that makes Brock a hypocrite. But the executive pastor at Hope Lutheran says Brock's actions are consistent with his Christianity and he likely won't lose his job. Brock was placed on temporary leave when the story came out.

An expert in media ethics at the Poynter Institute in Florida called Lavender's method of getting the story "troubling."

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