Harvest, Narcissism, and the Church: My Interview on WYLL’s “Common Good”

I had a great time yesterday talking with Brian From on “The Common Good” at WYLL/AM 1160. (Co-host Ian Simpkins was off because his wife just had a baby. Congratulations Ian!) We discussed the latest at Harvest Bible Chapel, including Mancow’s blockbuster article on James MacDonald in the Daily Herald and what’s happening with John

In Chicago, Harvest Admits “Shortcomings” Concerning Firing Naples Pastor, but in Naples the Silence “is Deafening”

This weekend, the elders of Harvest Bible Chapel (HBC) announced to the church’s Chicago-area campuses that the elders were owning their “failures” and getting “low before the Lord” to understand and address those failures (see video below). Among their failures, they admitted “shortcomings in the decision-making process of the Elder Board and Church Leadership” concerning

Mancow Tells MacDonald to Man-Up

Well-known Chicago radio and TV personality, Mancow Muller, Friday urged Harvest Bible Chapel Pastor James MacDonald to “man-up” and own his sin in a very frank and personal discussion on WLS/AM890.  MacDonald and Muller are friends. And there’s no doubt, MacDonald has had a big impact on Muller spiritually. Muller traveled to Israel with MacDonald

Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Naples Asks for His Church Back in Wake of James MacDonald Controversy

John Secrest, the founding pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel Naples, today announced that he wants his church back. In an email to his congregation, Secrest said that he had asked top leadership at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago to reverse their decision to allow Pastor James MacDonald to preach at the Naples church amid swirling

Harvest Elders Put James MacDonald on “Indefinite Sabbatical” & Announce “Peacemaking Process”

Rocked by allegations of  financial impropriety and abuse, Harvest Bible Chapel today announced that founding and senior pastor, James MacDonald, is taking an “indefinite sabbatical from all preaching and leadership in Chicago.” (MacDonald will continue to preach and teach from Harvest’s newest campus in Naples, Florida.) The church also announced it is launching a “peacemaking

A Tale of Two Talks: Profane Talk Condemning Whites Receives Praise at Wheaton College While Godly, Prolife Talk is Condemned

I knew my alma mater, Wheaton College, was drifting left, but this is shocking even to me. In 2017, Wheaton’s philosophy department sponsored a profane, graphic, and racist speech by George Yancy, a philosophy professor at Emory University. In it, Yancy asserted that all white people are racist because they live as the majority in a racist

Radio Interview on “The Common Good”: What Can We Learn from Harvest Scandal?

What can we learn from the current scandal concerning James MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel? Yesterday, I had the privilege of discussing this important issue as the first-ever guest on the new afternoon drive-time program on WYLL AM 1160 called “Common Good.” I talked with hosts Brian From and Ian Simkins, who also are Chicago-area pastors,