Statement: Former Church Says Tullian Tchividjian Should Not Be in Ministry (UPDATED)

In light of recent blog posts alleging pastoral misconduct against Tullian Tchividjian (e.g., this one), Kevin Labby, Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Church in Willow Springs provided this statement on behalf of the Session of the church. We are deeply grieved by these latest allegations, and have profound gratitude for the courageous individuals who shared them, as well as those who worked tirelessly to chronicle their stories. I read their accounts multiple times through tears. My prayer is … [Read more...]

David Barton Criticizes the Accuracy of Bill O’Reilly’s History Books

This is a classic.Self-styled historian David Barton (with the fake PhD he won't explain) now comes forward with criticism of the accuracy of Fox News personality Bill O'Reilly's history books. Lack of self-awareness, thy name is Barton.The context is Barton's daily Wallbuilders Live (which is recorded) radio show. Barton responds to a question from a listener about the accuracy of O'Reilly's books, especially Killing Reagan. Now actual historians have ripped O'Reilly's book on Reagan so … [Read more...]

David Barton’s PhD School Life Christian University Claims America’s Founding Is Church History

Nearly three months ago, David Barton proudly proclaimed that he had an earned PhD. The very next day he removed the video claim from his websites and never explained why. We later learned that Barton's earned degree came from Life Christian University, a diploma mill based in Lutz, FL. Barton's degree was given based on his published works in history which Life Christian considered to be part of Church history.Now, via another statement from Life Christian University, more details are … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Donor Illusions

Although dated, I have found this 2009 article on donor illusions to be helpful.  The article was published on the blog of the Give Well organization, a donor support group. Give Well publishes a recommended charity list each year. Here is 2016's list.The Give Well description of donor illusions focuses on international charities but illusions can be found in domestic charities as well (e.g., today's post on coats for pledges at K-LOVE). As a result, international charities tend to create … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Your $40/Month EZ Gift to K-LOVE/AIR1 Does Not Provide a Child with a Warm Winter Coat

For years, K-LOVE* has been telling people during the pledge drives that a qualifying pledge (this year $40/month via automatic bank withdrawal) will not only keep K-LOVE on the air but also provides a warm coat for a needy child.  The ad below gives the basic pitch:The video promotion below makes it clear that K-LOVE claims that a $40/month gift is the reason why a child gets a warm coat.In fact, there is reason to doubt the linkage promoted by K-LOVE. After looking into it, I … [Read more...]

#GivingTuesday: Gospel for Asia’s Rubber Plantation in Jeopardy

It appears Gospel for Asia has experienced another setback. The local government wants to build an airport on part of the rubber plantation -- Cheruvally Estate -- owned by GFA. "There are many environmental issues at Laha. Based on a study , Cheruvalli estate was found suitable. I had talked to Archbishop KP Yohannan who owns the Cheruvalli estate two months ago and he had expressed his willingness to give land for the airport. I wrote to Vijayan and he acted quickly ," he said, adding that … [Read more...]

Note to Mark Driscoll: Racism Doesn’t Evolve from Evolution

See updates at the end...Although he doesn't believe in Malthusian eugenics now, Mark Driscoll told his The Trinity Church audience on Sunday that he once did. Watch:Transcript: Some would say, Pastor Mark, I disagree with you. Let me speak to you very personally. You're wrong. You're wrong. Now I know you're not supposed to say it like that, but if you don't say it like that, people are confused, so let me make it clear.I started in a home, my parents were um, Irish Catholic, … [Read more...]

Donald Trump Now Says He Won the Popular Vote — If All the Illegal Votes Are Deducted

Truly astounding.In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 27, 2016New first 100 days task - Deduct Millions of Illegal Voters. … [Read more...]