The Harvest Bible Chapel Scandal and The Chicago Tribune and a Deep Regret at This Blog

This post came out of a conversation with someone from the ex-Harvest Bible Chapel community last night. As a writer and someone who likes to consume the news, I have long had a deep respect for The Chicago Tribune. And yet the Tribune dropped the ball and failed ot cover the Harvest Bile Chapel scandal in detail or depth. Unlike The Daily Herald which went out of its way and did some solid work.  Hopefully The Chicago Tribune learns from its mistakes so that the community can be better served.  Continue reading

From John Welborn of Salem Church Recommending James MacDonald to Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Praising Ravi Zacharias. Does Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind Explain How Corruption and Scandal Are Ignored?

Frequently this blog has noticed a number of EFCA pastors in the United States who promote or recommend material from questionable fallen and discredited pastors. John Welborn at the EFCA’s Salem Church in Staten Island has done this, and so has Tom Nelson of EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City area has also done this. Is this another aspect to the scandal of the evangelical mind? The ability of a pastor to practice discernment and think critically in the midst of a scandal? Continue reading

For Those Who Still Want to Try the Church, Look For the Pastor Who is a Peacemaker and Leaves Love and Closure in His Wake

The question pops up from time to time. What would you look for in a church if you were going to try one? If I were going to try evangelicalism again it comes down to finding a church led by a pastor who is loving, humble and who is a peacemaker. To make my point while I have interacted with multiple pastors over the years there are three that stand out. R.T. Maldaner, Dale Harris and Eddie Cole. This is why I am saying this and what people should consider if they are going to try a church. Continue reading

Considering Ravi Zacharias and his Passing. Do Evangelical Leaders Think of Death and Funerals? Or are the Pewsitters the Only Ones Guilted Regularly About Death?

Ravi Zacharias has died and with his death evangelicals are singing his praises. Evangelical scandal has changed and now follows people to the grave where their dishonesty remains. Dishonest in life means being dishonest in death. When Jesus says, “Well done good and faith servant” what do you do when evangelicals embrace a man who was dishonest about his education and engaged in sexting during an emotional affair with a married woman? Evangelicals ignore scandal and this blog dealt with this issue when David Powlison of Christian Counseling and Education Foundation died. But can you imagine when the funerals are held for Mark Driscoll, C.J. Mahaney, and James MacDonald one day how much lying will take place? Continue reading

Ed Stezter is Correct About Evangelicals Buying into Conspiracy Theories. Plus How Survivors of Harvest Bible Chapel Who Traffic Conspiracy Theories Can Empower James MacDonald

In the Dallas Morning News Ed Stetzer and Andy MacDonald wrote an op-ed that talked about evangelicals and conspiracy theories. In an article that has a lot of wisdom and truth Stetzer rightfully calls out evangelicals and conspiracy theories. This blog on this issue agrees with Ed Stetzer. But the problem is also bigger. Could those from the Harvest Bible Chapel community who push conspiracies theories in the end embolden James MacDonald as they undermine themselves in the process?  Continue reading