Chicago Radio Host & a Former Bodyguard Say James MacDonald Asked Them to Arrange Murders

Chicago radio personality, Mancow Muller, says disgraced megachurch pastor, James MacDonald, asked him to find a hitman to kill someone. MacDonald’s former bodyguard is making a similar claim.  Muller said MacDonald— a celebrity pastor who was fired from Harvest Bible Chapel in February—asked him at least twice in 2018 if Muller knew a hitman MacDonald could hire.

Former Counselor Accuses Harvest of Failing to Report Abuse & Threatening Him

A former counseling pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel said former and current church staff failed to report at least one incident of suspected sexual exploitation of a minor by former Harvest Youth Pastor Paxton Singer. The former Harvest counselor, Rob Williams, also alleged that a former Harvest executive warned him not to report suspected abuse,

Harvest Bible Chapel Announces it’s Shutting Down Walk in the Word

Harvest Bible Chapel today announced it is shutting down Walk in the Word—the Bible teaching broadcast ministry of recently-fired Harvest founder, James MacDonald. In an email sent to supporters Thursday evening, Harvest said it is taking down the Walk in the Word website “until further notice.” (At publish time of this article, the website was

Is James MacDonald Planning a Comeback?

Is recently-fired Harvest Bible Chapel founder, James MacDonald, planning a comeback? Yesterday, Barry Bowen at The Christian Sentinel speculated that he is, noting that on March 13, Harvest Bible Chapel Attorney Chris Nudo registered a new non-profit, “Walk in the Word with Dr. James MacDonald,” with the state of Illinois. Walk in the Word is

Former Elders Say ECFA Ignored Their Warning Six Years Ago About Harvest’s Lack of Financial Controls

Last week, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) terminated Harvest Bible Chapel’s membership in its organization for “significant violations” of ECFA standards. Yet three former Harvest elders say they warned ECFA President Dan Busby of serious financial and governance issues at the church six years ago. But they say instead of investigating Harvest, Busby

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

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