This post is the second in a series covering a February hearing in Murphy v. Gospel for Asia. Former donors, Garland and Phyllis Murphy are suing the leaders of Gospel for Asia in federal court claiming that GFA did not use donor funds as donors intended. Recently, the transcript of the hearing became available. If you are a GFA donor or are thinking about being one, you should read it. It is available via this link with commentary in my… Read more

On February 16, 2018 a hearing was held in Fayetteville AR before federal Judge Timothy Brooks in the case of former GFA donors Garland and Phylliss Murphy v. Gospel for Asia, K.P. Yohannan, Gisela Punnose, David Carroll, and Pat Emerick. The Murphy’s complaint accuses GFA and named defendants of conspiring to defraud donors and misrepresent the way donated funds have been spent. This hearing was convened to resolve an ongoing dispute regarding the discovery of evidence in the case. While… Read more

In another sign that Believers’ Eastern Church continues to move away from evangelical roots, the church celebrated a “sacred ceremony” using specially prepared and blessed holy oils on the Thursday before Easter. While common in Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran services, use of anointed oils is less common among evangelicals who deny that the oil has any special properties. From the church Facebook page: This year’s #MaundyThursday was a historical day for the Believers Eastern Church. Following the Biblical and Eastern Church traditions,… Read more

Thomas Jefferson was born on April 13 1743 at Shadwell, Virginia. In honor of our third president, I can suggest a worthy gift for anyone given in his name. Written mostly to debunk self-styled historian and Christian nationalist David Barton’s The Jefferson Lies, our book Getting Jefferson Right: Fact Checking Claims about Our Third President stands on its own as an examination of Jefferson’s views on religion, the Bible, and slavery.   The Jefferson Lies After Barton’s book was pulled from… Read more

Yesterday members of Uganda’s Parliament called for legislation akin to the failed Anti-Homosexuality Act 2014. Beginning in 2009, Uganda had the world’s attention as the nation’s Parliament debated a bill which would have implemented the death penalty for repeat instances of same-sex behavior between consenting adults. A slightly modified bill finally passed in 2013 only to be struck down by a Ugandan court in 2014. In protest, nations around the globe cut off aid to Uganda and President Obama and… Read more

On April 9, 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged in a Nazi concentration camp at Flossenburg Germany. He had been involved in getting Jews out of Germany and resistance to the Nazi regime.  Arrested by the Gestapo in 1943, Bonhoeffer was killed along with his brother and other conspirators. A brief but helpful summary of Bonhoeffer’s work against the Nazis can be found at the Holocaust Museum website. The Church and the Jewish Question Setting the stage for his resistance activities… Read more

Correction: An earlier version of this article said Ecclesia was unaccredited. I have corrected it to reflect that the school is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education but is not regionally accredited which is the gold standard for academic accreditation.  ……………………………………. Watch out, shoes are dropping in the Ecclesia College kickback case. Arkansas Online today reports that Oren Paris III resigned from his post as president of Ecclesia College and entered a last minute conditional guilty plea in… Read more

Hat tip to Jonathan Merritt on this most bizarre of rituals in evangelical Christianity: The Stronger Men’s Conference. Such confusion these days about what it means to be a real man. Thank you @jamesriver church for reminding us that it is all about automatic weapons, cage fighting, and metal bands: — Jonathan Merritt (@JonathanMerritt) April 3, 2018 I liked this response to the video on Twitter: But props to them for getting actual video footage of hell. — Matt… Read more

An amazing vocal performance. He is risen! Read more

Good Friday to you. Read more

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