Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player 16

Wayward pastors and the problem of the franchise player
Days after the world started reading Mark Driscoll’s nasty diatribe against his own church members, we discovered that two of the four outside members on Mars Hill’s Board of Advisors and Accountability (BOAA) had resigned. According to the church’s statement as reported by Warren Throckmorton, James MacDonald needed more time to spend governing his own church, ...

Liberty University throws Falwell under the bus to defend Beck’s convocation sermon

Liberty University throws Falwell under the bus to defend Beck's convocation sermon
Liberty University’s official spokesman responded to concerns about Glenn Beck’s appearance at the final convocation of the academic year, in which the university had compelled ten thousand students to listen to a Mormon-infused sermon. The spokesman, Johnnie Moore, was either unaware of earlier statements by the president of the school, Jerry Falwell, or didn’t mind ...

The Holy Rage story, edited and extended

By far the most-read post on this blog has been Holy Rage at the ‘Spring, the story of NewSpring’s harassment against my family in the summer of 2009. Because of the particular demands to respond quickly to a NewSpring announcement of its own when that was written, it is a very detailed and long post. It ...

Liberty University’s provost doesn’t dispute his history as cultist collaborator

Liberty University's provost doesn't dispute his history as cultist collaborator
World Magazine published a curious non-denial denial from Ron Godwin regarding his participation with Rev. Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church cult. Dave Swavely, reporting for World, asked Godwin about a series of Moon sermons that appeared to appoint Godwin as his disciple and collaborator. Swavely printed his lawyerly and non-responsive answer: Godwin told me he ...

Liberty’s fines, Beck’s lie, and the students’ applause

Liberty's fines, Beck's lie, and the students' applause
A few thoughts about the Liberty University and Glenn Beck story. The Fine A few commentators have wondered about the fine for students who didn’t attend Beck’s sermon. As they correctly point out, students are fined $10 for missing any convocation event, not just this one. This, however, doesn’t make Liberty’s invitation to Beck look any ...

Jerry Falwell ignores his school’s published doctrine to defend Mormonism

Jerry Falwell ignores his school's published doctrine to defend Mormonism
According to Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Liberty University’s doctrinal statement does not define Mormonism as a cult. In 2012, when students protested the school’s invitation to Mitt Romney, a Mormon, to speak at commencement, Falwell told CNN, Liberty has no official position on Mormonism. Our statement does not define Mormonism as a cult. There are hundreds ...

Liberty University fines students for not listening to cult leader

Liberty University fines students for not listening to cult leader
Liberty University invited Mormon Glenn Beck to preach to its students at its compulsory convocation last week, handing out $10 fines to residential students who didn’t have a suitable excuse for not attending. The Beck sermon continues a worrying trend that signals Liberty’s rapid retreat from Christian orthodoxy to an unapologetic embrace of false religions and ...

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter

NewSpring gets its Catholic vibe on with its veneration of the saints this Easter
The Internet laughed at and chided Gary Lamb a few weeks ago when he asked the Twitterverse for ideas on what he could preach on for Easter Sunday. Lamb may have saved himself some grief if he’d just asked his former friend, Perry Noble, who was able to come up with a creative Easter idea without ...

Why Liberty University won’t criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won’t do business with him

Why Liberty University won't criticize Benny Hinn, even if it won't do business with him
As Liberty University continues to update its “clarification” about Ron Godwin’s ill-fated appearance with Benny Hinn, it becomes harder to understand why they denied involvement in the deal. Both Godwin and Reber appear to have been doing their assigned jobs, and nothing about what they were offering on Hinn’s show was new. Instead of distancing ...

Liberty University’s provost was a senior Moonie apostle and collaborator

Liberty University's provost was a senior Moonie apostle and collaborator
Liberty University’s current provost, Ron Godwin, was appointed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to take his teachings and use them to revive and resurrect American Christianity. Moon knew Godwin intimately, and repeatedly praised him publicly for his usefulness in taking the Moonie message to the American Christian church. Godwin attracted attention last week when he ...