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Florida | Harvest Bible Chapel fires pastor at recently acquired church
by Julie Roys
Posted 1/31/19, 12:27 pm

On Jan. 16, elders at the Chicago-area megachurch Harvest Bible Chapel announced that Senior Pastor James MacDonald would take an “indefinite sabbatical.” The announcement came a month after WORLD detailed accusations by former elders and staff members that MacDonald and other leaders at the multicampus church had fostered a culture of deception and intimidation (see “Hard times at Harvest,” Dec. 29, 2018).

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History repeats itself

Religion | Social justice advocacy in the evangelical church recalls the un-Biblical ideology of the social gospel movement
by Scott Allen
Posted 1/12/19, 11:08 am

Today’s social justice debate in the evangelical church feels eerily similar to the debate that led to division in the Protestant church in the early 20th century. Then, the debate didn’t center on social justice but the social gospel.

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Mere sponge cake

Theology | The problems with Stanleyism
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 10/11/18, 04:10 pm

Frequently asked question by WORLD members: What do you think of Andy Stanley’s book, Irresistible (Zondervan, 2018)?

Answer: I’m impressed and depressed. Stanley notes rightly that “skinny jeans and moving lights” won’t keep many young people from abandoning Christianity. But he argues that the way to hold them, and win others who say they’re “spiritual,” is to abandon the hard things in the Bible and emphasize a smiling Jesus. C.S. Lewis brought us Mere Christianity. Pastor Stanley brings us Mere Sponge Cake.

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