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

Monday, 06 January 2020 07:14

Top 10 Posts of 2019

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2019 was a banner year for exposing corruption and abuse in the evangelical world. Nearly 3.4 million people visited my blog last year, which exceeded even 2015 when a post of mine about abortion survivor Gianna Jessen went viral. Most of my top stories concerned either James MacDonald or Harvest...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 04:37

Guest Post: Open Letter to Julie Roys

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Yesterday, Paul Lundquist, a former linguist with Wycliffe Bible Translators who now works at a chemical factory in the Chicago suburbs, wrote a stunning open letter to me. His observations about the state of the evangelical church are profound. And whether you agree or disagree, I believe...

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About 16 months after explosive accusations of harboring a “perverse sexual addiction” and preying on interns, Fresh Fire USA leader, Todd Bentley, has been disqualified from public ministry by a panel of six charismatic, Christian leaders. The panel, led by apologist Dr. Michael Brown,...

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Christianity Today (CT) Editor in Chief Mark Galli simply can’t contain his outrage over the moral depravity of President Trump. Last Thursday, just weeks before his retirement, Galli unleashed a scathing editorial calling for Trump’s removal. Labeling Trump’s actions...

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For the past four years, two limited liability companies (LLCs) that own and lease buildings to Harvest Bible Chapel have escaped paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in property tax. But that soon may change. These LLCs have been treated like tax-exempt nonprofits, even though they’re...

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Barely a month after issuing a public “repentance,” and apologizing for a lawsuit he called “fearful and defensive,” disgraced, former Harvest Bible Chapel senior pastor, James MacDonald, has sued a believer again. This time, the target is Chicago radio personality Mancow...

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Boz Tchividjian, the founder of G.R.A.C.E.—a leading organization that equips religious groups to deal with sexual abuse—today announced that he will be resigning as executive director of the organization in May. During an interview on The Roys Report, Tchividjian  also said he...

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When Vonda Dyer came forward in 2018 and publicly disclosed how her former pastor, Bill Hybels, had come on to her in a hotel room in Sweden, she had no idea how it would change her life. “I had no idea that the church that I loved would not believe me and the nine other …

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I recently was invited to discuss why I believe in God with atheist Tom Jump. At first, I was hesitant to participate, mainly because this is such a busy season and I didn’t really have time to prepare for a debate. Plus, I wondered whether those who watch Tom’s popular YouTube channel...

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Thursday, 28 November 2019 00:29

Giving Thanks for An Incredible Year

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This time last year, I was embroiled in a lawsuit with Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald. My professional reputation was in jeopardy as Harvest regularly published updates, accusing me of attempting to “stir up gossip, sow discord, inflame old animosities” and “discredit...

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Monday, 25 November 2019 01:59

Video: Wade Mullen on How to Spot Spiritual Abuse

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Is there something wrong with me? Am I the only one who sees this? How do I get out of here because everywhere I turn, there’s a wall? These are the questions that often plague those caught in a spiritually abusive system, explained Wade Mullen, director of the MDiv program at Capital...

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Disgraced former Harvest Bible Chapel pastor, James MacDonald, today responded to damning evidence that he misused millions of dollars of church funds by asserting his innocence. He also expressed disappointment that Harvest would publicize the results of its financial review while MacDonald and...

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Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) suffered “a massive corporate governance failure,” which enabled former senior pastor, James MacDonald, to “extensively” misuse millions in church funds “for improper financial benefit.” This was the conclusion of a financial review,...

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In the past 24 months, journalists and bloggers have exposed rampant abuse and corruption in the evangelical church—from James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel to Bill Hybels and Willow Creek, the Moody Bible Institute, the Southern Baptist Convention, Gospel for Asia, Liberty University,...

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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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