President of Southern Baptist Convention Hosts David Barton at the Summit

This is a discouraging development. Another indicator that ecclesiastical leaders are disconnected from the academics in their own tradition. This week the Summit is pleased to welcome Historian and Author David Barton. Don't miss Thursday's Summit! http://t.co/iVmmJxD6uk— The Summit (@nwaSummit) January 26, 2015I hope actual historians at Southern Baptist Schools will take some time to alert Rev. Ronnie Floyd to the problem here.I would think a person in his position would know t … [Read more...]

Despite Warning Signs, Tyndale House Published a Pocket Edition of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven in 2014

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Despite being aware that Alex Malarkey called the book about him deceptive and that his mother believed the book to be filled with inaccuracies, Tyndale House published a pocket paperback edition of the book  in March 2014. The publication date is over two years after they became aware that Alex posted his comments about the deceptive nature of the book on a Facebook fan page for the book.In an April 20, 2012 email I have just obtained, Tyndale House publisher Jan Harris Long told Kevin and … [Read more...]

More Reasons Tyndale House Should Have Investigated Obvious Problems with The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven

(See update at the end of the post)If you are reading this, there is pretty good chance you know that Tyndale House decided to stop printing The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven. The boy, Alex Malarkey, suffered a horrific car accident when he was six years old but has recently retracted his story about going to and coming back from heaven. The fallout has been an intense media storm.A good overview of the controversy was published yesterday by the UK Guardian. That paper has some of the c … [Read more...]

Southern Baptists Say Enough to Perry Noble and NewSpring Church

I don't know the issues but I post this because it will probably be of interest to readers who follow megachurch news.Baptists' Message to NewSpring: You're not one of usNoble has admitted to using Resultsource (at least he admitted it) but he did not take profits from the book (different than Mars Hill and according to former Turning Point CFO George C. Hale, David Jeremiah).Perhaps a NewSpringInsida will show up to enlighten us. Or maybe a NewSpring mattc will provide the church … [Read more...]

Why Did David Jeremiah’s Turning Point Give Up Membership in the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability?

When I first heard former Turning Point CFO George Hale’s account of David Jeremiah’s methods of gaining spots on best-seller lists, I checked the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability membership directory to see if David Jeremiah's ministry, Turning Point, was a member organization. It is not.I checked because, in 2014, ECFA president Dan Busby took a public stance against the best-seller list manipulation scheme paid for by Mars Hill Church. At the time, he first told Ruth Gra … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – 2015

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington on August 28, 1963 (turn up the volume).Sadly, civil rights revisionists such as the Institute on the Constitution assert that civil rights laws should not have been passed. Thank God they were passed and as Dr. King said, "we cannot turn back." … [Read more...]

In Light of Problems with The Boy Who Came Back From Heaven, Lifeway Christian Stores Pledge to Evaluate Products

In the wake of Alex Malarkey's retraction and The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven fiasco, it seems natural to wonder about the other "heavenly tourism" books (e.g., Heaven is for Real, 90 Minutes in Heaven). According to the tweet embedded below from Janet Mefferd, it appears that Lifeway Christian Stores might move toward an examination of such titles in the future. LifeWay has just provided me with this statement re: Alex Malarkey book & has given me permission to share it here: … [Read more...]

Has Tyndale House Recalled the Boy Who Came Back From Heaven?

I know the publisher has said the book was pulled from print. However, at least some retailers continue to sell the book. I called several local Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million stores to find out if Tyndale House had recalled the books. None of the four locations I called had heard of the controversy and they all had copies in stock.Tyndale House has disabled the book's product page.Tyndale has not responded to questions about whether they intend to recall the product or simply not … [Read more...]


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