Gospel for Asia Does Not File a 990 Because It is a Religious Order

Donations to Gospel for Asia are tax deductible but the organization doesn't file 990 forms because they are a religious order. In response to my question, Gospel for Asia's COO David Carroll answered as follows: Also, to understand the level of commitment asked of staff and the ways in which we operate, it is helpful to recognize that we are a “religious order” and not merely a ministry. Religious orders must meet certain criteria according to the Internal Revenue Service. All potential staff m … [Read more...]

Thomas Kidd on Why the Southern Baptists Canceled Ben Carson’s Speech

Recently, the Southern Baptist Convention canceled Ben Carson's appearance at a SBC pastor's conference. A group within the convention, Baptist21, had objected and won the day. Baylor history professor Thomas Kidd had this to say in Monday's edition (4/27/15) of the Washington Post: This was a welcome outcome to what had the potential to be a serious snafu for the SBC. Whatever the organizers’ intentions, Baptist21 has this exactly right – hosting any political candidate carries a tacit imp … [Read more...]

David Barton Hosts Kent Hovind on Wallbuilders Live

Today, David Barton's Wallbuilders Live broadcast their interview with Kent Hovind.There is a vigorous group of folks who have taken positions on Hovind's crimes and I will be interested to read their comments about the interview.Barton began by saying that people who do what Hovind did spend an average of 18 months in prison, if they spend any time there at all. Barton and Green think the length of his sentence is a red flag.Hovind said he didn't know any better, and he said the … [Read more...]

Is There a Controlling Leadership Culture at Gospel for Asia?

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The day before yesterday, I published correspondence between Gospel for Asia leaders and a group of nearly 80 former Gospel for Asia staffers. The former staffers have accused Gospel for Asia leaders of five major problems. From GFA's perspective, a board investigation turned up no wrongdoing according the GFA COO David Carroll. The five charges are: 1. GFA leadership practices and teaches a false view of spiritual authority.2. GFA leadership prioritizes ministry over family, and teaches the … [Read more...]

David Barton’s Wallbuilders Live to Interview Kent Hovind

According to Kent Hovind's handlers, Hovind will be interviewed by someone at Wallbuilders next Monday. That interview will be taped and presumably aired at a later date. Listen:The basketball star interviews Dr. Dino.Kent Hovind's most recent legal battle is summarized at Forbes.  Hovind is serving jail time for tax related crimes (e.g., failing to pay employee taxes, evading IRS reporting requirements). In this video, (at about 2:18) he said he hadn't paid taxes in 28 years. Ac … [Read more...]

Sutton Turner: Big Churches Like Mars Hill Church Need Big Decision Makers

Former Mars Hill Church executive elder Sutton Turner has posted part two of his reflections (he posted part one yesterday) on the decision to commit church funds to buy Mark Driscoll's book Real Marriage on to the New York Times best-seller list.In this post, Turner takes credit for changing Mars Hill by-laws to include the Board of Advisors and Accountability. The BoAA consisted of three executive elders (Driscoll, Bruskas, and Turner) and four outsiders (various members at different … [Read more...]

Desire, Faith & Therapy: Sexual Orientation and Orthodox Jews; Rabbinical Council Rejects JONAH

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On Sunday, I participated in a conference titled Desire, Faith and Therapy at the Kraft Jewish Student Center at Columbia University on appropriate therapeutic responses to sexual orientation. The conference was designed for therapists, rabbis and other interested members of the Orthodox Jewish community.From the brochure:  “Desire, Faith and Psychotherapy” presents a Psychoanalytic perspective on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Orthodox Jewish community. We will exp … [Read more...]

Institute on the Constitution Posts Spurious Thomas Jefferson Quote

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The Institute on the Constitution just can't seem to get quotes right.On their Facebook page, the neo-Confederate organization periodically features quotes they claim come from the founders. However, the quote are often spurious.  The most recent one attributed to Thomas Jefferson was posted earlier this month: How fitting for the times we are in!www.theamericanview.comPosted by Institute on the Constitution on Tuesday, April 7, 2015This appears to be derived from … [Read more...]


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