Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 Pilot a Muslim Convert?

With very little help from me, one of our fantastic psychology majors at Grove City College, Megan Hurst, here examines how social psychology principles may shed some light on the persistence of rumors that the pilot of Germanwings Flight 9525 was a recent Muslim convert.Social Psychology in the News: Was the Germanwings Flight 9525 pilot a Muslim convert?Last week, the world was gripped by the story of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of the Germanwings Flight 9525, who intentionally … [Read more...]

A Year Ago World Magazine Broke the Mark Driscoll New York Times Best-Seller List Story; Will Hillsong Host His Comeback?

Seems like yesterday that ResultSource and Mars Hill Church's book selling scheme came into the public consciousness. However, it was a year ago today that Warren Smith's article was posted. The next day, I posted the contract signed by Mars Hill Church executive pastor Sutton Turner and ResultSource CEO Kevin Small that spelled out the arrangements which if followed would lead to a spot on the New York Times best-seller list.While it took several months for Mars Hill Church to unravel, that … [Read more...]

Former Mars Hill Church Spokesman Justin Dean Gives Advice About Dealing with the Press

Former Mars Hill Church spokesperson offers advice to churches on how to handle the press in his new gig with Ministry Communications Association.He certainly has had experience doing so and it appears he has taken some valuable observations away from his time at Mars Hill.When I read this tip, I thought of the ResultSource New York Times Best Seller list fiasco. If you know press may start poking around about a certain topic, gather your team and come up with approved messaging and b … [Read more...]

Brian Williams Given Six Month Suspension Without Pay

Reportedly, he makes $10+million a year so he will be able to be suspended comfortably.However, that is just the tip of this iceberg. Others are investigating his Katrina coverage (gangs and a dead body floating in the street).I doubt we'll see him back at the anchor desk.Now, when will Christians stop propping up leaders who "misremember" how their court cases turn out and whether or not the Constitution quotes the Bible verbatim? … [Read more...]

Brian Williams Retreats; He Leaves the Anchor Desk and Backs Out of Letterman Appearance

First Williams turned over his desk to Lester Holt, now he has canceled his appearance on Letterman.On Friday, President of NBC News Deborah Turness failed to endorse Williams in a memo to staff and announced an investigation. One suspects this isn't over.I taught the misinformation effect on Friday and am aware that memories are not tape recordings that can be retrieved with perfection. The "Lost in a Shopping Mall" paradigm illustrates that memories for event that never happened can be … [Read more...]

I Am Michael: The Retelling of Michael Glatze

Michael Glatze burst into the awareness of those in the ex-gay world in July 2007. He was a gay activist who in a panic turned to God. At that time, I had turned from my days supporting sexual reorientation change efforts and had established the sexual identity therapy framework as the better approach to traditionally evangelical believers who were also attracted to the same sex. I was very curious about his experience and he discussed some of it with me in an interview very shortly after the … [Read more...]

The Atlantic on the Art of Whistle-blowing

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Writing on a topic of interest to my readers these days, Kate Kenny says whistle-blowing depends more on public interest than the importance of the content.From my experience over the years, I lean toward agreement.Over and above Seattle and other Mars Hill cities, many people are obviously interested in what happens with the church and Mark Driscoll. The interest has been strong and consistent. However, when I posted evidence that David Jeremiah and Les and Leslie Parrott used the same … [Read more...]

Letter From Mars Hill Church to Those Who Donated to Mars Hill Global

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A Mars Hill Global donor forwarded this letter to me. In the wake of ongoing questions about how funds donated to Mars Hill Global since 2012 were spent, the church leaders issued this letter to 6,000 donors.This is slightly a reworded statement from the Mars Hill Global FAQ page on the Mars Hill website. In fact, the Global Fund was a giving option until at least May of this year. As I demonstrated by means of videos that Mars Hill wants to hide, the leaders of Mars Hill did not simply … [Read more...]


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