The Shallow Faith of Tim Tebow. Will the Celebrity Christian Athlete Weep For the Women Ravi Zacharias Abused and Raped?

As the Ravi Zacharias scandal continues there is one aspect that is particularly troubling. Its the silence by Tim Tebow. Tebow described the scandal plagued evangelist as his personal hero. Meanwhile he has not acknowledged the Miller & Marten report documenting sexual abuse by Ravi Zacharias. And as such he has not empathized for the victims of rape and sexual abuse whether it be in Canada, Georgia or Thailand. That is damning, especially for an individual whose ministry focuses on human trafficking. In an Instagram video Tebow was near tears as Ravi Zacharias was dying of cancer. Will he weep for the victims that Zacharias abused? Continue reading

Some Thoughts on How the Ravi Zacharias Scandal Can be Mitigated and Help Lori Anne Thompson and Georgia Spa Victims

As the Canadian division of RZIM is closing this blog is proposing some possible solutions that can possibly mitigate the Ravi Zacharias scandal and help Lori Anne Thompson and the spa victims in Georgia. This post is designed to spark some discussion, and possibly lead to other developments. Regardless RZIM needs to close as the brand is forever tarnished and can’t be reconstituted in another form. In its closing let’s help the victims of Ravi Zacharias in this dark scandal. Continue reading

In a Rare Example of Humility, the EFCA’s Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church Tells His Congregation That He Was Wrong About Ravi Zacharias

In response to the Miller & Martin report that documents Ravi Zacharias’ sexual abuse and other misconduct Tom Nelson of the EFCA’s Christ Community Church sent out an email to his congregation explaining that he was wrong about the famed evangelist. Nelson who deeply admired Zacharias discussed the ongoing scandal with his congregation. Its refreshing and encouraging to see proactive behavior in light of troubling facts. Last year, Steve Baughman the atheist who pursued the issues with Ravi Zacharias wrote a post about Tom Nelson’s praise for the well known evangelist. The humility that is shown by the lead senior pastor at Christ Community Church after learning the facts is deeply encouraging and this blog hopes that others will follow suit. Continue reading

Greg Strand Needs to Take the Lead in the Growing Ravi Zacharias Scandal. He Should Guide and Help the EFCA Navigate Through the Spiritual Crisis

The Ravi Zacharias scandal is exploding in a new and stunning way with a report released by Miller and Martin that documents sexual abuse, rape, financial fraud and other problems by the well known Christian evangelist. This post is offering recommended policy advice to Greg Strand who is responsible for theology and credentialing inside the EFCA. Ravi Zacharias was a popular individual inside the EFCA according to the last doctrinal survey. Strand needs to get on top of this issue and help guide the EFCA through this spiritual crisis. This will have to be done not only for EFCA pastors but also for people inside EFCA churches who sit in the pews.  Continue reading

Dare We Ask the Question? Was Ravi Zacharias a Sex Tourist in Bangkok? Did He Abuse Women in Thailand and Southeast Asia?

In the report on Ravi Zacharias by Miller and Martin there is one aspect that is particularly troubling and demands further inquiry. It has to do with Zacharias travels to Bangkok, Thailand. Is it a coincidence that out of all the places he could have purchased property he chose to do so in the city known for its international red light district? And with the time he spent in Bangkok this blog would like to ask while writing books is the ultimate reason Ravi Zacharias traveled to Thailand is for sexual vacations? Was he a sex tourist who spent time in the massage parlors of the red light district in Bangkok?  If he abused women in Georgia what was he capable of in Thailand? These are questions this blog post is asking. Continue reading

A Sunday Morning at Falls Church Anglican With Logan Gates From Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. And Considering Church Support For a Scandal Plagued Apologist

This past week Ravi Zacharias International Ministries released a damning report that showed how the Christian evangelist engaged in rape and sexual abuse. But how did we get here? We arrived here because many Christians choose to ignore the scandals with a person like Ravi Zacharias. Two years ago on a Sunday morning at Falls Church Anglican in Falls Church, Virginia this was on display. Despite inflated academic credentials and a sexting scandal John Yates promoted Zacharias. And that same morning an employee from Ravi Zacharias International Ministry spoke about what he was doing in Canada as a speaker with this ministry. Scandal happens because of the indifference of churches and the employees of ministries. Ultimately there is apathy to care and do the right thing. What makes this even more notorious is that Falls Church Anglican drew a line in the sand over homosexuality and got national headlines for breaking away from the Episcopal Church; and yet they didn’t give a damn about the abuse or scandal by Ravi Zacharias and looked the other way.  Continue reading

Are Atheists Ordained by God to be the Critics of Evangelical Christianity?

Over the past few months this blog has been watching Steve Baughman pursue the Ravi Zacharias situation and offer criticism. He is not alone as other atheists have also been fierce critics who raise questions and point out the problems that exist inside evangelicalism. This post wants to raise the question are atheists essential to point out the flaws, corruption and abuse within Evangelical Christianity? 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

Guest Post: Steve Baughman on Pastor Tom Nelson of Christ Community Church, Ravi Zacharias and Keeping Christian Secrets

At the EFCA’s Christ Community Church in the Kansas City and Kansas area Pastor Tom Nelson wrote a glowing tribute about Ravi Zacharias. Steve Baughman who wrote about the issues involving inflated academic scandals with Ravi Zacharias as well as his sexting with a married women wrote Tom Nelson a response to his blog post.  Continue reading