Gospel for Asia Accuses Certain Bloggers of Misrepresenting Facts

I wonder who they mean.Gospel for Asia apparently will only talk to Christianity Today. About the recent RICO class action suit against GFA, an unnamed spokesperson for GFA told CT (go read the entire article): "While we are more than willing to answer any questions asked of us, it would be irresponsible for us to do so at this time since we have not yet been served any lawsuit,” GFA told CT. “All we know is what has been posted on the internet by certain bloggers who have previously misr … [Read more...]

Teen Mania Puts Out the Fire; Letter from Ron Luce to Honor Academy Alums

Christianity Today is on a roll. After solid articles by Bob Smietana on Gospel for Asia and The Gathering, Morgan Lee scores an interview with Ron Luce on the end of Teen Mania. I am impressed that Lee got Luce to talk about the Honor Academy. What emerges is a study in self-justification and blame shifting. Essentially, Luce blames the kids for being soft. Luce told Lee that kids changed over the years. Luce said coaches and military leadership used to be able to motivate young people by … [Read more...]

Christianity Today on Wayne Jolley’s The Gathering

On December 14, Bob Smietana at Christianity Today posted a must read article on what appears to be a mind control splinter of Christianity called The Gathering.I read the CT article about The Gathering just after I posted yesterday about Mark Driscoll's beliefs in spiritual parenting being a part of apostolic gifting. The notion of one's minister being one's parent is, in the modern context, fertile ground for authoritarian teaching making the minister into a tyrant. Smietana's article … [Read more...]

Christianity Today On the Release of Gayle Erwin’s and ECFA’s Reports on Gospel for Asia

Bob Smietana at Christianity Today has put together a great summary of both the ECFA and Gayle Erwin reports to the board of Gospel for Asia. I encourage readers to go read it.Here are some highlights:In the article, Smietana pointed out the misleading nature of GFA leaders' communications with the ECFA, GFA board, and the donors.From the article: Despite running a ministry that collects hundreds of millions in donations, Yohannan appeared to be unaware of the basics of nonprofit … [Read more...]

Gospel for Asia Places Apology Ad in December Christianity Today

This sounds a little more contrite than the letter to Calvary Chapel pastors but like that one, this letter is light on substance. A friend informed me that this ad was on page 59 of December's Christianity Today.As I demonstrated yesterday, the ECFA did not affirm that all funds were accounted for.  Regarding missing funds, this is all the ECFA wrote in their report of the investigation of GFA: 15. Alleged missing funds according to Indian FC6 forms. ECFA received allegations that a s … [Read more...]

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...]