Francis Chan Joins Gospel for Asia Board Meeting Today; Is He Still Skeptical?

Last week, I publicly asked pastor Francis Chan for some answers regarding Gospel for Asia, a ministry he has endorsed. Today, I learned from a source at GFA that GFA's board is meeting in Wills Point today with Francis Chan in attendance. It is not clear if Chan is there as a new board member, as has been rumored, or if he is there to be skeptical and ask questions. In any case, this heightens expectations that perhaps GFA leaders might break their silence. If Chan does join the board, that … [Read more...]

David Barton Tells Half-Truth to the Wall Street Journal

David Barton just can't stop it.In a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal, Barton says his book, The Jefferson Lies, is "upcoming." He also falsely says that Virginia state law prohibited Jefferson from emancipating his slaves.On July 2, Fergus Bordewich wrote a review of two books on Thomas Jefferson. At least one of the books mentioned David Barton by name as an example of an author who elevated Jefferson to counterfactual heights.  Barton was offended and so the WSJ allowed … [Read more...]

New York Times Stands by Claims on Ted Cruz’s; Says Book Could Make the List Next Week

The New York Times told me this morning that Ted Cruz's book could make the best seller list next reporting period if sales warrant. The paper also stands behind the claim that "the overwhelming preponderance of evidence was that sales were limited to strategic bulk purchases."Times spokeswoman Denise Rhoades Ha said this morning that "The book could appear on a future list. Every week is a new sales reporting period and could have a different outcome." Thus, if strong sales have resulted … [Read more...]

Ted Cruz Accused of Gaming the New York Times Best Seller List

HarperCollins has been around this block before.According to Politico, the New York Times informed HarperCollins that Ted Cruz's new book won't be on the best seller list because the reported sales didn't meet the Times "standards."Clarifying, the Times rep Eileen Murphy told Politico that bulk sales kept Cruz's book off the list.I asked Times spokeswoman Denise Rhoades Ha if the Times might go back and remove some best sellers now that we know that the authors used strategic sales … [Read more...]

American Psychological Association: APA Reps and Government Officials Colluded on Interrogation Techniques

The American Psychological Association just released the following press release regarding the involvement of psychologists in the Bush Administration's interrogation techniques. For background, see this prior post (link). July 10, 2015 Press Release and Recommended Actions: Independent Review Cites Collusion Among APA Individuals and Defense Department Officials in Policy on Interrogation Techniques APA Apologizes for “Deeply Disturbing” Findings and Organizational Failures; Announces Ini … [Read more...]

Francis Chan: Can You Get Some Answers From Gospel for Asia?

Some time ago I emailed Francis Chan ab0ut his endorsement of Gospel for Asia. Chan says on the video below that he is skeptical and because of that he sent people to check GFA out. I was told by his assistant Chaz that he was getting my emails, but it was unlikely that I would get a personal response from Chan. And as Chaz predicted, I have not heard from Chan in response to concerns I raised in the emails and blog posts.Watch Chan's endorsement of GFA.Rev. Chan, like you, I am … [Read more...]

Patheos Links of Interest: Kirk Franklin, Anxious Bench, Godless in Dixie, Stacy Dash, Kyle Roberts

Reading an Anxious Bench post by Thomas Kidd, it occurred to me that Patheos is a very diverse site. With that in mind, I decided to go exploring. Here I am going to post some links I found interesting. I am not recommending everything said by these authors but am posting them because I think they might be of interest to readers.Should Evangelicals Embrace the “Benedict Option”? Well, should they/we?We Love Close Calls… Until They Happen to Us - Nice devotional post on waiting through har … [Read more...]

Will the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Hold Gospel for Asia Accountable?

I am not betting on it.The Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference ended yesterday with no public statements from anyone within the Calvary Chapel movement about Gospel for Asia. GFA exhibited at the conference but left their table unmanned much of the time according to sources there. Several pastors, speaking on condition of anonymity, told me that their church would soon drop support for GFA due to GFA's public silence about various financial, personnel and leadership concerns.Several … [Read more...]


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