James MacDonald Took Millions from Harvest & Now Demands Broadcast Ministry

Harvest Bible Chapel founder, James MacDonald, told three elders in 2013 that he’d “lose 1,000 sheep” before he’d reveal his salary. That’s according to former elders—Scott Phelps, Barry Slabaugh, and Dan Marquardt—who resigned soon after hearing that comment, and months later, were publicly excommunicated. (The church has since apologized for its “harsh” discipline of the

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

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

James MacDonald Recording Reveals Ungodly Evangelical “Celebrity Machine”

About two weeks ago, Mancow Muller aired vile, recorded comments by James MacDonald on his Chicago radio show on WLS/AM890. This shocked the Christian community and prompted Harvest Bible Chapel to fire MacDonald. Yet MacDonald’s comments apparently didn’t shock Johnnie Moore. Moore, a leading evangelical who sits on the board of the National Association of