But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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“I never had a category in my mind and heart for the capacity of Christians to behave so sinfully,” admitted Nancy Beach, former program director at Willow Creek Community Church, and one of the women to expose abuse by former pastor, Bill Hybels. “But this is to forget or deny...

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One of the hallmarks of true repentance is whether a person volunteers his confession. “Or,” in the words of former Harvest Bible Chapel pastor, James MacDonald, “did he just get caught?” These words of wisdom, which MacDonald uttered in a 2017 sermon, seem ironic given...

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Disgraced former Harvest Bible Chapel pastor, James MacDonald, today posted his “repentance” on Facebook, saying he was sorry for “careless and hurtful words that were illegally recorded,” and claiming that he had regressed into “sinful patterns” in late 2016....

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Before I began investigating Harvest Bible Chapel, I had no idea the depth of pain and devastation inflicted on people by abusive pastors. But as Lina AbuJamra so aptly described at the RESTORE Chicago conference on Saturday, church hurt isn’t a wound that heals and leaves a scar. It’s...

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The Elders at Harvest Bible Chapel today formally disqualified former pastor, James MacDonald, from ministry, saying his behavior did not meet the qualifications for an elder, according to Scripture. Elder Karl Jackson read the following letter to the congregation: Dear Harvest Bible Chapel Family,...

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Mark Driscoll, the disgraced, former pastor of Mars Hill Church who resigned amid allegations of bullying and abuse of power, is slated to headline Sticky Teams West 2020—a “premier leadership conference,” on building “healthy, thriving ministries.” As a result,...

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About 120 attenders of Willow Crystal Lake reportedly packed an elder “listening session” after services on Sunday, expressing anger over actions by the elders of Willow Creek, which led to the resignation of their campus pastor, Marcus Bieschke. Longtime member, Jim Bedell, who’s...

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Last week, New Life Covenant Church invited disgraced former pastor, James MacDonald, to speak at its men’s retreat. And today, the multi-site megachurch reportedly welcomed MacDonald and his wife into fellowship, bringing them on stage and praying publicly for them. Kim Matthews, a woman who...

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Prominent Southern Baptist Preacher, Robert Jeffress, is defending his decision to endorse a book by controversial preacher, Paula White, saying her book does not promote “prosperity gospel.” However, when pressed about whether he’s certain that there’s nothing in...

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Paula White, the thrice married, prosperity preacher worth millions, who chairs Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, was once considered a pariah by most all leading evangelical leaders. Russell Moore, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist...

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Disgraced former celebrity pastor, James MacDonald, this weekend made his first public appearance since being fired from Harvest Bible Chapel for engaging in conduct “harmful to the best interests of the church.” MacDonald reportedly taught at a men’s retreat for New Life Covenant...

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Monday, 14 October 2019 09:51

ECFA President Dan Busby to Retire Amid Controversy

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The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) today announced that ECFA President Dan Busby will be stepping down as president in spring 2020. Though the ECFA’s statement says Busby approached the ECFA board in early 2018 about seeking a successor, the announcement comes on the...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 08:12

Second Willow Creek Campus Pastor Resigns

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Willow Creek Crystal Lake‘s Lead Pastor Marcus Bieschke today announced he’s resigning his position with the church, saying his “heart and values are not in full alignment” with the church’s current direction. Bieschke is the second campus pastor to resign from one of...

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Ever since Rapper Kanye West started producing his Sunday Service, he’s faced criticism from both Christians and non-Christians alike. As I wrote last week, Christians have questioned whether West’s conversion is real, given that he’s dabbled in Christianity before, but then...

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What do you do when you’re caught red-handed in a public sin? If we follow the example of King David, we own it and say, “I have sinned against the Lord,” and accept the consequences. But too often, those caught in sin cover. They manipulate. And they deceive—even within the...

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Rapper Kanye West is releasing an album that’s all about Jesus. And social media, blogs, and fan sites are on fire with people praising West—and sharply criticizing him. Some are mad because of repeated delays to the album’s release. Initially, West had promised that his new...

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Two years ago, Hugh Freeze resigned in disgrace. The outspoken, Christian football coach at Ole Miss had reportedly used his work phone to call escort services and his career seemed over. For the next 6 months, Freeze went dark. But on January 24, 2018, Freeze re-emerged as the featured speaker at...

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 The group that accredits Liberty University today confirmed that it is “monitoring the situation,” concerning reports that President Jerry Falwell Jr. maintains a culture of fear at Liberty and engages in alleged self-dealing. However, contrary to an Associated Press report...

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In January, Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) Naples kicked its founding pastor, John Secrest, out of its church. Now, some eight months later, HBC Naples is getting kicked out of its virtually rent-free building. And the building owners are declaring their loyalty for disgraced former HBC Chicago pastor,...

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For the past nine months, I have been publishing stories suggesting that accreditation by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) is nothing more than a rubber stamp. Today, WORLD Magazine did similarly with a thorough cover story, documenting a decades-long pattern of the ECFA...

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About 30 student protesters gathered on the steps of Montview Student Union at Liberty University today to protest the alleged misconduct of Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. Protest organizer, Elizabeth Brooks—a junior, politics and policy major at Liberty—told me she was...

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In late March, I reached out to Brian White, then the executive director of Great Commission Collective (GCC), urging him to investigate how churches and leaders within his organization had handled the situation described in this article. White said he would do that. About three weeks later, he...

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UPDATE: According to a court document I obtained on September 4, Craig Steiner told Kane County investigators that the father of the alleged victim of Paxton Singer came to him in “February or March” of 2018. The document notes that “a text message tendered to the Defendant by the...

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Friday, 23 August 2019 02:19

Yale Scientist Denounces Evolution

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A prominent Yale scientist has just publicly denounced Darwinism as not only improbable, but statistically “a dead loss”! Writing for The Claremont Review of Books, Yale professor of computer science, David Gelernter, explains how he was predisposed to believe in Darwinism, yet when he...

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(Helping report and write this story was a friend and colleague, Patti Townley-Covert. You’ll find her bio at the end of this article.) “It felt like rape.” That’s how Bonnie Brztowski described the sexual encounter with her estranged husband on the first night of their...

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