Normally, I wouldn’t post a podcast on the same day that a special radio broadcast of mine is airing (see below). However, since many of you, like me, live in the Midwest–where it’s actually colder today than in Antarctica!–I thought you might enjoy some extra listening entertainment while you hunker down in your homes. (For the rest of you, just consider yourselves blessed that you’re not in our shoes–or perhaps I should say, fur-lined boots!)
I’ve done a lot of interviews lately concerning my investigation of Harvest Bible Chapel and James MacDonald but this truly is one of my favorites. The podcast is called, The Mortification of Spin. And it’s sponsored by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a coalition of pastors, scholars, and churchmen who hope “to foster a Reformed awakening in today’s Church.” Hosts of the show are three, very sharp individuals: Todd Pruitt, pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Carl Trueman, a humanities professor at Grove City College; and Aimee Byrd, an author, blogger, and self-described “housewife theologian.”
Here’s how Mortification of Spin billed our conversation:
Back in the bunker, the three amigos meet with Julie Roys. Julie is the embodied combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lois Lane. She’s a longtime investigative reporter committed to uncovering the truth, and—much like Carl, Todd, and Aimee—interested in “mortifying the spin” concerning issues in the contemporary church.
Julie has achieved some notoriety for her investigative work and her latest coverage on the alleged spiritual abuse, intimidation, misappropriation of funds, etc. surrounding Harvest Bible Chapel and Pastor James MacDonald. Unfortunately, this isn’t a unique case. The fabulous four discuss the devastating effects on the Church when disqualified men remain in leadership without being confronted, and the shame it brings to the name of Christ.
Hope you enjoy the podcast!
Also, here’s more on my special radio broadcast tonight: The Roys Report: The Church in Crisis.
Over the past year and a half, scandals and controversy have plagued the church and Christian organizations. From Willow Creek Community Church Chicago and Highpoint Church in Memphis—to Sovereign Grace Churches and, most recently, Harvest Bible Chapel—the accusations of sexual harassment, financial impropriety, bullying, and intimidation have left Christians reeling. In a special radio broadcast, The Church in Crisis, I will explore not only what’s happened in the church, but why it happened, and what redemptive solutions are available. Joining me will be people with first-hand knowledge of these scandals, as well as church leaders offering biblical insight and help.