Indian Ruling Party Official: K.P. Yohannan Has No Claim to Rubber Plantation

Gospel for Asia founder and director K.P. Yohannan is getting opposition from the India's Peoples Party in his bid to sell a rubber plantation that the government says he doesn't own. Yohannan's Believers' Church purchased the working rubber plantation -- Cheruvally Estate -- from the Harrisons Malayalam Ltd company in 2005. According to the Times of India, a high ranking official in the party of Prime Minister Modi claims the church should not be repaid for the property since it was acquired … [Read more...]

A New Public Call from “Pastors and Friends” for Tullian Tchividjian to Leave the Ministry

A "group of pastors and friends" has publicly called on Tullian Tchividjian to step away completely from vocational ministry. This group maintains that Tchividjian has deceived them and engaged in disqualifying actions. This call follows the strongly worded statement from Kevin Labby, pastor of Willow Creek Presbyterian, which I published here last week. See the full statement below:Dear Friends: We join with others in expressing our shared grief regarding these latest allegations, as … [Read more...]

Money Behind the Message: Non-Profit David C. Cook May Not Easily Give Up Profits from Fallen Prophet Tullian Tchividjian

According to the Christian Post late last week, David C. Cook Publishing plans to publish Tullian Tchividjian's next book. Even with the scandal swirling around Tchividjian, David C. Cook's chief advancement officer Tim McDonald told CP that the publisher was "committed to him [Tchividjian] and his family as a publisher..." For a hint of what might be in the book, see this previous post.David C. Cook's response drew a negative reaction from some of Tchividjian's critics. For instance, … [Read more...]

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...]