Texas Governor Signs Sermon Non-Disclosure Bill in a Church

In Texas, I think the GOP leadership wants to unite state and evangelical church.In what might be a first, Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill into law inside a church. The law, effective immediately, allows clergy to refuse to turn over sermons to government entities via subpoena. The law says: BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS: SECTION 1. Title 6, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, is amended by adding Chapter 150A to read as follows: CHAPTER 150A. DISCOVERY BY … [Read more...]

IRS and Postal Service Agents On Scene at Benny Hinn’s Office (UPDATED with Photos, Video)

UPDATE: For photos, video and more detail, scroll to the bottom. As I write this, IRS and US Postal Service agents are at the Grapevine, TX office complex of mega-evangelist Benny Hinn according to Alice Barr, reporter for NBC in Dallas.BREAKING:US Postal Service inspectors and IRS on scene at @Benny_Hinn ministries in Grapevine. Waiting for info about investigation. @NBCDFW pic.twitter.com/Ygim6LplK8 — Alice Barr (@AliceBarrNBC5) April 26, 2017Perhaps, the agents are t … [Read more...]

Despite Erroneous Material, Family Research Council Features David Barton at Event for Pastors

Once upon a time, Family Research Council promoted a video which featured a tour of the U.S. Capitol led by self-styled historian David Barton (see the original here). This Capitol tour video was filled with historical errors. Four years ago, 33 Christian historians and social scientists detailed those errors to FRC in a letter: April 23, 2013Dear Tony Perkins, Kenyn Cureton, & J.P. Duffy:Knowing of your desire to offer truthful and accurate information to the public, we the … [Read more...]

Fix, Don’t Repeal, the Johnson Amendment

Recently, I appeared on the Up for Debate radio program hosted by Julie Roys to debate the status of the Johnson Amendment. The Johnson Amendment forbids non-profit organizations from electioneering. Some religious groups want to repeal the amendment in order to allow pastors to endorse candidates for office without putting church tax exempt status at risk. Erik Stanley of Alliance Defending Freedom argued for the repeal of the amendment.While discussing the matter, I volunteered that I have … [Read more...]

Why Christian Nationalism is a Problem – Exhibit A: India

Yesterday, Terry Mattingly at Get Religion blog began a post about the NYTs coverage of India and Compassion International like this: If you have followed news in India in recent years, you know that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party – commonly known as the BJP – has continued its efforts to promote "Hindutva," or Hindu-ness, which essentially argues that Hinduism is an essential component of what it means to be a citizen of India.Thus, it's goal is to defeat secular pluralism and the rec … [Read more...]

Now Evangelicals Leaders Want to Preach the Gospel

Giddy with power, evangelicals leaders who brought us Donald Trump now want to turn the page on the nightmare that was the 2016 campaign. Greg Laurie started a call for Christians to ignore the bad news all around us with Franklin Graham, Eric Metaxas, James Dobson and other Trump (and some never-Trumps) supporters signing on. The Year of Good NewsIn a time of bad news, distracting news, divisive news, disorderly news, and, sometimes, depressing news we—as Christians and as leaders—want to r … [Read more...]

Doug Coe, Spiritual Leader of the Fellowship Foundation, Died Today

Late this afternoon, the family of Doug Coe shared with friends and associates that Doug Coe died today at the age of 88. Dear friends and associates,Because of how much you mean to our family, we wanted you to be among the first to be informed that Doug Coe, 88, passed today, Feb 21, 2017 at 4:20pm from complications following a heart attack and stroke. Despite our personal sadness, we have joy in knowing that he is now with Jesus and at peace. All for which he gave his life and tirelessly … [Read more...]

Tullian Tchividjian Posts Possible Book Excerpt at Expastors.com

At the expastors.com website an article appears under Tchividjian's name (oddly with his name spelled incorrectly in the first line and image - How does that happen?) which promises a vulnerable look at the recent history of the troubled ex-pastor.There was no mention of his recent remarriage in the expastors article.Tchividjian reveals that he went through a suicidal period. It sounds like he is on the mend. Good for him and I wish him well.In the comments section, there is a … [Read more...]