Former Aide to Falwell and Colson Nelson Keener: When Kingdoms Collide

Guest post by Nelson Keener.Nelson Keener graduated from Liberty University and served as the late Jerry Falwell's assistant during the seminal days of the Moral Majority and later in a similar capacity with the late Chuck Colson. He resides in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.When Kingdoms CollideAt Liberty University College Democrats are not recognized as an official university club.Neither are College Republicans.Does this mean the prominent Christian institution, founded by the … [Read more...]

Does the Liberty University Wing of the GOP Appeal to the Masses?

While asking a political question, Jonathan Merritt's latest column in The Week provides insight into how group leaders keep in-group members in line. Merritt was slated to speak at a Liberty University function (his alma mater), but was disinvited by the president of the school, Jerry Falwell, Jr. because "We're just uncomfortable with some of the things you've been writing."Using the stick is a part of the tactics, promising a return to good graces if one comes around is the carrot. … [Read more...]

Matt Barber Proposes Back Room Deal to Choose GOP Nominee

The grassroots are great except when they aren't.Matt Barber wants all the religious right candidates to go on holiday somewhere to "an undisclosed location," fast and pray and then vote on who will run against Jeb Bush.  In a way, without the delegates, it would be the beginning of a Christian party choosing a candidate to run against the GOP and Democrats. Barber apparently thinks the problem with religious right candidates is that there are too many of them, not the fact that their m … [Read more...]

George Barna, Please Meet the Barna Group

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Reading the book U-Turn: Restoring America to the Strength of its Roots is a frustrating experience. For the most part, authors George Barna and David Barton labor to make the case that America needs to turn back to God in order to avoid judgment. I have been hearing these appeals since I was in high school ("If my people who are called by my name..."). In all of them, the speakers or authors have warned that America had become so bad that judgment was just around the corner.As a part of … [Read more...]

Who Runs Mars Hill Church? An Update

When Mars Hill Church closed the doors for the last service, the corporation Mars Hill Church did not cease. However, it has never been clear who remained in charge of the organization on a day to day basis. By by-law, the church's Board of Advisors and Accountability has the power to create a plan of dissolution but the church has not disclosed who remained on that board. While I don't know all involved in that capacity, I do know now who is the president of the church. Also, one person often … [Read more...]

How Did Church Leaders List Get Mars Hill Church’s Email List?

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Initially, the story of Craig Gross buying an email list from Church Leaders List seemed like a marketing story gone sideways. However, there appears to be much more to the matter.At the end of Christianity Today's article on this, Bob Smietana wrote: On Tuesday, Dean apologized for his part in the drama over the list. He admitted that he’d been involved the initial sale of the list to churchleaderlist.com (screen cap of page now removed from the web). Now Justin Dean's website is down (an … [Read more...]

Blood Moon Movie to Rise Again

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So Monday night, John Hagee's Blood Moon movie aired around the country. According to promoters, it was so popular that they are bringing it back in April.Unless, of course, the world ends before that.A breathless press release gives the details:Read the rest here.There is at least one sentence in the press release that I bet the writer would like to take back.  It is rare that science, history and scripture align with each other, yet the last three series of Four Blood … [Read more...]

Lifeway Pulls All Heaven Tourism Books

To Baptist Press, Lifeway yesterday announced that all heaven tourism books will no longer be sold in their stores.  LifeWay Christian Resources has stopped selling all "experiential testimonies about heaven" following consideration of a 2014 Southern Baptist Convention resolution on "the sufficiency of Scripture regarding the afterlife." This snowball started rolling when Lifeway pulled the book The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. When the subject of the book, Alex Malarkey, publicly retracted … [Read more...]


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