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

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,

ICYMI: Julie Roys Discusses Journalism & James MacDonald on Doctrine & Devotion Podcast

Why would I write about serious sin in the church? Isn’t this just gossip, or dirty laundry that would be better to keep private?  I answer these and other tough questions posed by Joe Thorn and Jimmy Fowler of Doctrine and Devotion—a somewhat edgy “podcast exploring Christian faith and practice from a Reformed Baptist perspective.”

Son of Former MBI President Joe Stowell Speaks of “Toxic,” “Unholy,” and “Dangerous” Culture at Harvest

At one time, three members of the Stowell family worked at James MacDonald’s Chicago-area mega-church, Harvest Bible Chapel. Joe Stowell, Sr., President of Cornerstone University and former President of the Moody Bible Institute, served as a teaching pastor there. His son, Joe Stowell, Jr., served as an executive pastor. And Matt Stowell served as a worship pastor.

Letter that Prompted Harvest Excommunication: “We are convinced that James . . . is not biblically qualified to be an elder”

Five years ago, eight former elders of Harvest Bible Chapel, including Dave Corning who had served as chairman of the elder board for 21 years, sent a strongly worded letter to the elder board about the character of Senior Pastor James MacDonald. In it, they said there are “20 disqualifying traits listed in 2 Tim. 3:1-5”