Happy Thanksgiving 2015

Hope you enjoy this 33 Miles song with some acting by some teens who appear to be having a great time.For a more cerebral Thanksgiving read, check out the series from last year on Thanksgiving from the vantage point of several historian friends. The contributions of my distinguished colleagues John Wilsey, Jared Burkholder, Barry Hankins, Andrew Mitchell, Fred Beuttler, and Gary Scott Smith are well worth revisiting. … [Read more...]

Is Gospel for Asia’s Indian Corpus Fund One Reason Why ECFA Terminated GFA’s Membership?

Corpus Fund Chart

One of the first things I noticed when I first started investigating Gospel for Asia's finances in India was the corpus fund set up for the Indian organizations (i.e., GFA-India, Believers' Church, Love India Ministries, & Last Hour Ministries). When I examined Indian records (FC-6 reports), I saw millions in U.S. dollars used to fund these accounts. A corpus fund is a "permanent fund generated and kept for basic expenditures needed for administration and survival of the organisation." … [Read more...]

David Carroll’s Answers to CBS News and Gospel for Asia Staff

In May, David Carroll and K.P. Yohannan told Gospel for Asia staff the following about smuggling cash to India:David Carroll: A couple things you should know. We would never endanger students or anyone else, we’ve had pastors carry money, we’ve had staff carry money, we’re always looking for ways to get money into India because the reality is that it’s getting more difficult to do that, and we are looking for other ways that we’re able to do that. But we checked with our auditors before we ev … [Read more...]

On Syrian Refugee Issue, David Barton Does What He Accuses President Obama of Doing

David Barton rarely lets an opportunity go by to bash President Obama. His response to Obama's news conference on Syrian refugees is a case in point.Barton took issue with Obama's criticism of calls for the U.S. to use a religious test to determine which Syrian refugees could enter the country, saying Obama's use of the term "religious test" was an allusion to the Constitution. In an email to supporters, Barton said: Presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz recommended that America … [Read more...]

Tonight CBS 11 News Dallas Broadcast an Investigative Report about Gospel for Asia

The spot aired at 10pm cst and focused on invasive practices with staff, the cash smuggling to India, and the diversion of nearly $20 million from India to the construction of the Texas headquarters. A text version is here.It was shocking to hear David Carroll say the loss of ECFA membership was due to minor infractions. He also told CBS News that GFA stopped sending cash to India when they learned it was illegal. That is not at all what they told their staff in May.The teaser has … [Read more...]

A Very Starbucks Christmas


Starbucks continues to take Christmas criticism from various quarters but I don't think it is deserved. Donald Trump even wants to create a government register of every Red Cup, or something like that. I don't visit the place often but when I did over the weekend, I felt positively festive.I got a tall Vanilla Bean frap and so I got a clear cup instead of The Red One. But I did notice that Starbucks is selling a Christmas coffee blend and markets an Advent product. Check it out.Seems … [Read more...]

Former Auditor: $128 Million of Funds Sent By Donors to Gospel for Asia over Past 8 Years Can’t Be Accounted For

GFA Unaccounted for money

Jason Watkins, a former auditor with a Big 4 accounting firm, has constructed an image depicting the findings of his review of information regarding Gospel for Asia's finances for the last eight years. The image speaks for itself:This is an issue I have been raising since June. To date, no explanation has been offered for why the amount reported by GFA as being sent to India isn't reported in India public documents. Even after nearly 6 months, I am receptive to an explanation from GFA. … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll to Talk about Leadership at Perry Noble’s Church

You can't make this stuff up.Next year Mark Driscoll will speak at a one day you-can't-live-without-it leadership conference for Perry Noble. Check out the conference description. Pastor Mark will be speaking at the Lead Conference hosted by Perry Noble. This one-day conference will be held at NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina on March 3rd, 2016. This event is uniquely designed for leaders who want their teams and their organizations to succeed beyond their expectations. And the … [Read more...]