The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Despite Call to Prayer and Compromise, Some Delegates Want to Quit

July 16, 1787 (click the link to read Madison's notes) Summary Today, Elbridge Gerry's committee reported with a very close vote in the affirmative. The delegates agreed to the following motion: In Convention, — On the question for agreeing to the whole Report, as amended, and including the equality of votes in the second branch, it passed in the affirmative, — Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, (Mr. SPAIGHT no) aye — 5; Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia … [Read more...]

Social Crusader and Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan Waxes Eloquent about Charity in India

Yesterday, K.P. Yohannan, self-styled social crusader and Metropolitan of Believers' Church, published an article in the Indian online publication Bureaucracy Today on charity finances. Next issue, BT should invite Bernie Madoff to pen an article on business ethics. Some highlights: However, checks and balances in the NGO space, like in any other system are an integral part of this support mechanism.  Without effective and robust assessment machinery, it will become very difficult … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Should Representation of New States Be Limited?

July 14, 1787 (Click the link to read Madison's notes) Summary The delegates decided not to limit representation of new western states and defeated an effort to make Senate membership based on on population. Influences on the Delegates Madison appealed to the Dutch government as an example of one means of representation: In the Dutch Confederacy the votes of the provinces were equal; but Holland, which supplies about half the money, governed the whole Republic. He enumerated the objections … [Read more...]

Gateway Tightens Belt More, Discloses Large Debt to Staff

Staff at Gateway Church are being asked to tighten their budgets even more as the church is working to reduce $55-million in debt.According to sources in the Gateway Church Ministry Staff meeting earlier this week, pastor Todd Lane said that budgets would be cut by 10%.The church had earlier disclosed significant staff cuts. Of late, sources within the church have said that additional cuts have gone as high as 50% of staff in some departments.On the up side, pastor Tom Lane showed … [Read more...]

Trump’s Praying Pastor Touts Unearned Life Christian University PhD

Rodney and Adonica Howard-Browne are a husband and wife ministry team with a little more fame today. On Monday, Howard-Browne posted an Instagram  picture of him with President Donald Trump and the group of pastors and other court evangelicals who laid hands on Trump in the Oval Office.I recognized the Howard-Brownes as recipients, along with Joyce Meyer and David Barton, of unearned PhDs from Life Christian University.Life Christian University says these degrees are earned but … [Read more...]

The 1787 Constitutional Convention – Representation Debate Continued Today

July 13, 1787 Summary Today, the delegates agreed that the Legislature would regulate the number of representatives in accord with a count of inhabitants and that taxation for the national treasury, until the first census, would be based on the number of representatives sent by a state. Influences on the Delegates James Wilson again appealed to Great Britain and specifically to the revolution to say that numerical representation seemed the fairest way forward. Mr. WILSON. If a general … [Read more...]

Court Evangelicals Pay the Palace a Visit

A picture is worth a thousand words. The court evangelicals go to the palace.Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office for @POTUS & @VP .— Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) July 12, 2017There in the middle is the owner of the American Association of Christian Counselors, Tim Clinton. … [Read more...]

Plaintiff’s Lawyer in the Gospel for Asia Fraud Case: Show Us Where the Money Went

"There is a blogger that regularly blogs. I'm certain that there will be something about this hearing on his blog because he follows the PACER regularly in everything that comes out, and there are a group of people that are -- they -- it's a little bit of a family feud between these ex-employees and GFA." - Robert Mowrey, attorney for Gospel for Asia, May 16, 2017. On May 16, a hearing was held to set the calendar and procedures for the racketeering (RICO) lawsuit against Gospel for Asia … [Read more...]