Christianity Today on Whistleblowing Blogs

This month marks 10 years of blogging. Nice to start the month with some favorable press over at Christianity Today.Michelle Van Loon and Marlena Graves link to this blog in their story on whistleblower and watchdog blogs. In addition to this blog, they link to Wartburg Watch, Spiritual Sounding Board, Recovering Grace, and the blog of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment).*Van Loon speaks from personal experience of dealing with a cover up in a church. She sees … [Read more...]

Perry Noble’s New Spring Church Used ResultSource to Market Unleash

New Spring Church, pastored by Perry Noble, also used ResultSource to market Noble's book Unleash. The church released a statement to Christianity Today explaining their reasoning. Read the whole statement here, below is a segment. Perry Noble used ResultSource to help market and promote one book that he authored—Unleash. The contract for that book was actually a contract between NewSpring Church and the publisher, not between Perry and the publisher—meaning the church would receive all the proc … [Read more...]

Christianity Today Revisits the Ethics of Using ResultSource to Score a New York Times Best Seller

Tonight, Christianity Today's Ken Walker posted an article on the ethics of buying a spot on best seller lists. The coverage, which is also in the January print edition, links to the ResultSource contract I posted here.  Although I am surprised the views of Crossway executive Justin Taylor were not included, this is an important article with reaction from numerous industry sources. Most publishers who commented took a dim view of the methods used by ResultSource.Some surprises from the a … [Read more...]

Based on Mark Driscoll’s Missing Video, Christianity Today Asks Theologians “Did Jesus Make Mistakes?”

Beyond the implausible explanation from Mars Hill Church leaders about why the Mark Driscoll's sermon was edited, Christianity Today wanted to know what some theologians thought about the accuracy of the missing material.  So CT's Kevin Emmert asked for opinions and reported six. Emmert started with a theologian who largely agreed with Driscoll's missing six minutes and ended with someone who did not. Since he started at one end, I'll get you started at the other: "We can distinguish … [Read more...]

Things I Learned Reading the Christianity Today Article on the Acts 29 (We’re Not Mark Driscoll Anymore) Network

Christianity Today's Joe Maxwell posted an extended interview today with Matt Chandler, leader of Acts 29 Network.  I learned a few things while reading it, and recommend you read it too.1. Acts 29 apparently does not want to be viewed as an extension of Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll - Former Mars Hill elder Tyler Powell told CT: "Here, we're our own entity," says Powell, North American assessment director. "We're not planting mini–Mars Hills or mini–Mark Driscolls. We're centrally located but … [Read more...]

John Piper Calls Out Famous Guys (Like Mark Driscoll) On Ghostwriting

It is getting serious up in here.Last night on Twitter, John Piper posted a series of tweets apparently in response to an op-ed by Andy Crouch at Christianity Today on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism (now ghostwriting) controversy.  Crouch's op-ed builds to this crescendo: The real danger here is not plagiarism—it is idolatry. I think both are a problem and as it turns out another related problem appears to be ghostwriting.Piper doesn't think highly of taking credit for the work of ot … [Read more...]

IVP Says Bible Commentary Improperly Appeared In Book by Mark Driscoll; Mars Hill Church Responds, Blames Researcher Mistakes for Errors

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On the church website (click Downloads), Mars Hill Church has responded to the controversy over plagiarism. In a statement about the book Trial: 8 Witnesses From 1 & 2 Peter, Mars Hill blames researcher mistakes: In 2009, Pastor Mark preached through 1 & 2 Peter in a sermon series called Trial. To help our small groups, a team of people including a research assistant, put together a free study guide that was produced in-house and was never sold. About 5 years later it was brought to our … [Read more...]

Kirk Cameron’s Monumental Revision of Thomas Jefferson

Kirk Cameron is giving some in the media advanced looks at Monumental (which premieres tonight), including Christianity Today. In a follow up interview, Cameron extends his revision of Thomas Jefferson to a discussion of Jefferson's faith and the Jefferson Bible.Interviewer Andrew Thompson gets credit for asking a couple of hard questions about Jefferson's faith. Cameron dodges them with historical fiction. Thompson asked:The documentary mentions that the founding fathers were Christians, … [Read more...]


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