Here are ten books I read this past year provided in no particular order, with no pontificating on the nature of lists and the subjectivity of literary experience. Read the rest of this entry »
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At the Saturday night service and the two Sunday services, MacDonald read a prepared statement after the message. Please click here for updates to The Elephant’s Debt regarding his comments.
Over the past few months, Ryan Mahoney and I have spent a great deal of time researching and writing on the subject of James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel. During that season, many of you have asked us why we write on this subject. Tonight, we are prepared to offer you part of our story. For some of you, this may be painful to read; and it may bring up feelings of anger, resentment, or even doubt. For others, our story may offer you a sense of release – a sense of finally being able to put a finger on the unease many of you have expressed. For us, we offer this with mixed emotions, many of which are too personal and complicated to fully explain. But it should not go without mentioning that in the lectionary reading of October 6th, we find two passages (Psalm 92:1-5 and 2 Samuel 1:1a, 17-19; 23-27) that bring us comfort even as they bring us a measure of sadness and lament. So without further comment, we offer you The Elephants Debt.
The scene is almost as classic as the film in which it is found. Having just discovered the brutally burned remains of his Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru, Luke Skywalker has agreed to travel off-planet with Obi-wan Kenobi on a desperate mission to deliver two droids that contain vital information to finally putting an end to Vader’s Empire. But upon arriving at the Mos Eisley Spaceport, they are confronted by imperial stormtroopers hunting for the droids. Just at this moment, when all seems lost, the mysterious Kenobi, in his first real display of power, simply waves his hand and says the iconic words: “These are not the droids you are looking for.” And just like that, the befuddled stormtroopers parrot his words and numbly allow the heroes to continue forward on their fateful journey.
Several weeks ago, Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) attempted his own “Jedi mind trick” of sorts, as he sought to convince his congregation that they need not listen to the external critics of his ministry, in spite of the evidence that was right before their eyes. Listen closely to what he says in this sermon based loosely upon John 2:13-22. Read the rest of this entry »
Just over three months ago, James MacDonald, Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel, made a decision. Against the timely and judicious counsel of certain “influential leaders” within The Gospel Coalition, he decided to proceed with the theological circus known as the Elephant Room 2. At the time, he apparently believed that the opportunity to engage Bishop T.D. Jakes in a public conversation was of such paramount importance that it was worth severing his official ties to The Gospel Coalition. To no one’s surprise, not everyone agreed with his assessment. Read the rest of this entry »
The shadow cast off by the Elephant Room 2 is beginning to expand as Harvest Bible Chapel – New Lenox has just announced its decision to publicly become the third church to officially separate from the Harvest Bible Fellowship. As you may recall, back in January of 2012, Pastor James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel and Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church hosted a gathering of pastors that included the well-known and controversial Bishop T.D. Jakes. While some have applauded the efforts of the two hosts, others seem to be deeply concerned by their failure to fully and publicly address Bishop Jakes’ unconventional theology. To date the following churches have left the hosts’ respective church planting ministries:
Acts 29 Network:
Harvest Bible Fellowship:
Harvest Bible Church (formerly Harvest Bible Chapel – Detroit, MI)
Harvest Bible Chapel – Prescott, AZ
Harvest Bible Chapel – New Lenox, IL (soon to revert back to its intial name, Cornerstone Church)
So the question we must now begin to ask is this: are we looking at a few statistical outliers amongst the 70+ churches planted by Harvest Bible Fellowship, or are we witnessing a snowball near the top of a mountain as it is starting to pick up speed?
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