Calling All Former Participants in Studies of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts

Writing on Tuesday about Joseph Nicolosi's new reparative therapy study got me thinking about the other studies of sexual orientation change efforts which have come and gone. I know a few participants in the Spitzer, Shidlo and Schroeder, Jones and Yarhouse studies who once told researchers they had changed orientation but now identify as gay. I suspect some have stayed about the same as they were when they participated in the research. It would be interesting to find out if there are any … [Read more...]

For Those Interested in Mars Hill Church History, Wenatchee the Hatchet Has Organized Some Links. A Former Elder’s Wife Speaks Out

For Mars Hill history buffs, Wenatchee the Hatchet has done a service for you. Go check out his post with links tagged and organized topically.Also, wife of a former elder Jen Smidt has spoken out about her experiences at Mars Hill. According to Jen, she once said something Sutton Turner didn't like and the next day Turner rebuked her husband for it.WtH has a lengthy account and analysis which I won't try to compete with.It occurred to me recently that a final accounting of Mars Hill … [Read more...]

New Sexual Reorientation Study Off to a Shaky Start; Michael Bailey’s Brain Scan Offer is Still Good

After the closing of Exodus International, the wind went out of the sexual reorientation sails. In June of last year, former ex-gay organization Exodus International leader Alan Chambers said the movement was "gasping for air."However, a quiet breeze may be blowing still as demonstrated by a study being conducted by one of the luminaries of reparative therapy, Joseph Nicolosi and relative newcomer Carolyn Pela.  Nicolosi and Pela summarized their preliminary findings at a meeting of the … [Read more...]

K.P. Yohannan Ordains 12 New Bishops Including Son and Gospel for Asia Board Member Daniel Punnoose

On March 2, Daniel Punnoose, the son of Gospel for Asia founder and Believers' Church Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan, was confirmed as a Bishop in the Believers' Church in India. This sets the stage for Yohannan to turn over the GFA empire to Punnoose when Yohannan decides to retire.Gospel for Asia is being sued by former donors who claim that GFA engaged in fraud and misuse of funds.Metropolitan K.P. Yohannan … [Read more...]

Arkansas Legislator Wants Howard Zinn’s History Books Banned from School; Why Not David Barton’s Book Too?

From the indispensable Arkansas Blog by Max Brantley: Just in from Rep. Kim Hendren: Legislation to prohibit any publicly supported schools (you, too, charters)  from including in curriculum or couerse materials any books or other material authored by Howard Zinn. The usual target is Zinn's A People's History of the United States. Remember in 2012 when the History News Network asked readers to rate the least credible history book in print? Zinn's A People's History was scorned, coming in s … [Read more...]

Ecclesia College President Oren Paris Among New Indictments in Arkansas Bribery Scandal

The other shoe dropped today.After Arkansas state representative Micah Neal was indicted for his part in a kickback scheme involving Western Arkansas non-profits, including Ecclesia College, speculation mounted that state senator Jon Woods would also be indicted. The fate of others mentioned in the Neal indictment was not as clear. However, today a federal grand jury released indictments of Woods, Ecclesia College president Oren Paris III and their mutual friend Randell Shelton, Jr.Read … [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...]

March Gladness Now Underway; Go Vote for Me!

Because it is my first tournament, I am happy with my 8th seed. However, I think I got a bad pairing going up against Focus on the Family fave Whit.Of what madness do I speak? March Gladness! The one and only Matthew Pierce describes it as "The Christian Culture Tournament" and yours truly is in the big dance. However, if I am going to keep on dancing, I need my supporters and readers (two separate groups judging from the comment section) to go help me rally against that poser Whit. … [Read more...]