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We’re probably not the only ones who think this was way too soon.

But less than two full weeks since coughing up $15 million of the New Birth Missionary Baptist’s money to prove just how innocent he was of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him, Bishop Eddie Long Strokey Poke was at the pulpit asking his congregation to cough up $500 or $1000 a piece.

The purpose? Building two new sattelite churches New Birth clearly can’t afford.

The appointment of Darius Wise as the senior pastor of New Birth Denver, the latest satellite church location of Bishop Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church was announced in April. Today, a new branch was announced for Birmingham. The church is called New Birth Birmingham.

Long told his congregation yesterday that the mega-church recently received its certified audit back from 2010 and 2009. He didn’t explain why the audit was conducted. “All your money’s being done right and being calculated right,” he said. He then requested members of the congregation who could make $500 or $1,000 donations to give those seed offerings.

Reverend Wise has said, “Over the last 20 years, the church’s reach has extended throughout the globe. We are so excited and grateful to God that we see a door and an opportunity opening in Denver, Colorado,” There is already a website and Facebook page for New Birth Denver. The website shows that Vision meetings for the church will be held on August 20, 24, and 31, 2011, in Aurora, Colo. Discipleship groups will launch in September. The expansion of New Birth in Denver comes as Bishop Eddie Long and New Birth are reeling from a sexual misconduct scandal.

SMH. He’s just not gonna skip a beat, huh? Do you think it’s too soon for Eddie Long and his church to be doing this much?

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