Fellowship Church Spokesman Says LDS Doctrine Teacher Glenn Beck’s Knowledge of History is Unmatched

Nicola Menzie's Christian Post article examined the evangelical megachurch fascination with Glenn Beck, but Fellowship Church's statement about Beck's knowledge of history stood out to me.  Unmatched? Unmatched in error perhaps, but I think the clueless spokesman meant it as a compliment. The full quote was Glenn Beck's: knowledge of our history and his understanding of our nation is unmatched. Beck got history wrong (see also this) when he spoke at Liberty University in 2014. He even messed up … [Read more...]

Glenn Beck to Appear at Ed Young’s Fellowship Church on July 5

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Glenn Beck will be interviewed at 11am Sunday morning at Fellowship Church near Fort Worth, TX. According to the website, the event will take place at the Hawkins/Allaso Ranch retreat center.Fellowship Church is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.It seems surreal to have an unabashed Latter Day Saint apologist address a Baptist congregation on Sunday morning.  … [Read more...]

Why Christians Should Listen to the Pope’s Encyclical on Climate Change

The Pope's encyclical on climate change will probably change the conversation among religiously conservative people.Writing on the Biologos website, Katherine Hayhoe and Edwin Maurer argue that religiously conservative Christians should heed and follow the encyclical.Biologos' press release begins: INTRO: Yesterday saw the release of “Laudato Si’,” an encyclical letter from Pope Francis. Although the massive document provides counsel on many contemporary issues, its primary focus is the … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia, and the $9 Million Interest Play

In note H of GFA's 2013 audited financial statement,  GFA describes a $9 million transfer to India to take advantage of what is described as "favorable interest rates" (see the last paragraph in the image below).The Indian FC-6 forms requires NGOs to report the amount of foreign contributions received and the amount of interest made on those contributions. It appears that GFA in India made about 6% on contributions in 2011-2012.  According to the Bank of India, the benchmark interest r … [Read more...]

Franklin Graham Takes Money Out of One Gay Friendly Bank, Then Puts It In Another Gay Friendly Bank

Update: Graham has responded to criticism via an editorial in USA Today.Don't you hate it when you boycott (personcott?) your bank because it is too gay friendly and then you switch banks and then find out that the new bank is also gay friendly?Read all about it at WaPo in an article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey.When I first converted, I was told by my youth pastor that one shouldn't go to movies because doing so would support Hollywood. I didn't get it then and I don't get it … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll to Speak at James River Assembly of God in Ozark, MO Next Sunday

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Just confirmed it with the church; Mark Driscoll is set to speak at James River Church (Assembly of God) in Ozark, MO this coming Sunday, June 7. His topic was not disclosed.  The church is pastored by John and Debbie Lindell.You can read more about James River in this description by Ed Stetzer. Their Wednesday night service offers opportunities to get baptized in the Spirit.There are some additional wrinkles to this event which I am working to confirm. In particular, one report is that … [Read more...]

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Smurfing – Dividing Cash Transfers Over $10k to Avoid Detection – Violates U.S. Law

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On May 14, I wrote that several Gospel for Asia staff and students had reported to me that they were asked to carry envelopes of cash to India without declaring that cash to U.S. customs. I then reported audio of Gospel of Asia leaders telling staff and School of Discipleship students in a May 14 staff meeting that GFA leaders planned to discontinue the practice of having groups of students take large sums of cash to India in their pack backs or suitcases on group trips. In that staff meeting, a … [Read more...]

Matt Chandler Expresses Remorse and Asks Forgiveness in Sunday Sermon

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Today, amid the storm of controversy over the church's handling of Jordan Root and Karen Hinkley, Matt Chandler expressed remorse over the church elders' general approach to church discipline. I wrote about this matter in a prior post.Video of the sermon is on the church website and Vimeo below.  Chandler spent much of the message talking about handling conflict between believers. He said (at 24 minutes and following) the matter of church discipline is serious … [Read more...]


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