Contributing Editor for Christianity Today Faces Conflict of Interest Questions After Accepting Car From James MacDonald

“Got me a 1971 Beetle,” announced Ed Stetzer on Facebook last April, adding that he and his daughter were planning to restore the classic Volkswagen car. However, what Stetzer didn’t mention was how he had obtained the car. And now Stetzer, the executive director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College and a contributing

The Lawsuit, The Sermon, The Selection of Elders: An Update On The Disappointing Developments at Harvest

When Harvest Bible Chapel fired James MacDonald nearly two months ago, I was cautiously optimistic. “God can rebuild something beautiful from these ashes,” I wrote. “That is His will. And He will do it if we remain focused and submitted to Him.” Unfortunately, whatever beauty exists at Harvest continues to be obscured by ungodliness. As

Harvest Elder Resigns From Board, Saying Former Executive Elders Continue “Sinful, Secretive…Controlling Culture”

About a month ago, Harvest Bible Chapel Elder Dan George issued a public apology and vowed to use his position to push for reform at the church. However today, George sent me the following statement, announcing his resignation, saying he feels “powerless” to change the culture at Harvest. George says the former executive elders who remain

President of Evangelical Financial Accountability Group Fined for Unlicensed Use of CPA Title

UPDATE: Though the original story did not mention it, I sent numerous requests to Dan Busby for an interview through his agent, Anna Hutstell of the public relations firm DeMoss. Instead of an interview, Hutsell sent me the ECFA statement cited in this article.  As President of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA), Dan

ECFA Finally Suspends Harvest Bible Chapel’s Accreditation

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has suspended Harvest Bible Chapel‘s accreditation following my report last week about gross misappropriation of church funds to support James MacDonald‘s lavish lifestyle. Also last week, I confronted the ECFA for continuing to accredit Harvest despite my repeated appeals over several months to ECFA to investigate financial impropriety at

ECFA Accreditation of Harvest, Despite Glaring Improprieties, Raises Concern

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) says its mission is “enhancing trust in Christ-centered churches and ministries.” Yet as I’ve reported on this blog and in WORLD Magazine, Harvest Bible Chapel, which continues to be accredited by the ECFA, has engaged in extremely disconcerting, and potentially fraudulent, activity. For example, the church has repeatedly

Longtime Harvest Elder Steve Huston Resigns; Harvest Pastor Admits “Ungodly” Spending

Steve Huston, the former chairman of Harvest Bible Chapel’s executive committee–and one of the elders who appeared in a video in 2013 excommunicating former elders–has resigned from the elder board. Also tonight, Campus Pastor Greg Bradshaw, head of the Harvest 2020 Team, admitted that “there’s been ungodly behavior as it relates to the spending in