Gil Jones, the prodigal pastor: Hear him admit that "I messed up"
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|The Village holds services at the Glitterdome, a roller-derby practice facility in RiNo.|
The final clip comes from a talk Jones gave at the Village a few weeks ago. He talks about struggling with intimacy and admits to having sex outside of marriage while at Pathways. "I didn't want to tell the truth because I knew I'd get fired," he says. He also talks about struggling with alcohol -- when stressed and lonely, "all I am thinking about is going and drinking.... I hate that about me." But, he insists, "I'm not a player and I'm not an alcoholic."
Again and again, Jones stresses that he isn't the kind of preacher who's going to wag a finger at anybody else. But those former associates who are disinclined to give Jones another chance suggest he's already had several. For them, the tune may be disarmingly raw, but the refrain remains the same.
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