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Bene Diction Blogs On: Former MK speaks out – New Tribes Mission ‘retires’ abuser

8 years ago in 2006, Lori, a wife and mom living in the US, and a former missionary kid (MK), wrote New Tribes Mission.

In 1981-82, I was 10-11 years old and a resident of the Earl Dorm at the New Tribes Mission base of Numonohi, Papua New Guinea. The Earl dorm parents were Gary and Annie Earl, and the dorm was called the Hibiscus Dorm (located in the far right front corner of the base). It was a small dorm: there were 7 dorm children (ages 8-17) and I think by then there were 4 Earl children (all under (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: World Vision Canada covert discrimination – I Was Blocked From Hiring a Gay Person at World Vision Canada

Then I was called into the office of a senior staff member for a one-on-one meeting. I was so stunned by what I heard that I didn’t even know how to respond. He told me that he had made the final decision not to hire this candidate. He had come to the realization that if you’re gay, you can’t be Christian. And only Christians can work at World Vision, so we couldn’t hire her.

I Was Blocked From Hiring a Gay Person at World Vision Canada was written by Kristen Woudstra a few days ago, after World Vision USA reversed (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Your “Nazis equal gays” candidate for Massachusetts governor

By Rick Hiebert All Rights Reserved Used by Permission.

Today as I write, I heard, over the Internet, an independent candidate who is running for governor of Massachusetts speaking at an all-candidates meeting organized by the LGBT community.

Scott Lively, a very conservative Christian activist, naturally tried to make the case that governments should try to be more neutral on homosexuality. His audience wasn’t pleased.

Before I moved on, I was thinking “Where do I know the name ‘Scott Lively’ from?” Oh Right, he co-wrote The Pink Swastika. a book which argues that Nazism in Germany was rife with (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Crossroads Christian Communications ties to controversial Newsweek owners

For awhile now, Crossroads Christian Communications has been using a David Jang website for it’s news feed at Crossroads 360.


Ever since the Christianity Today investigative articles on Jang came out in August of last year, serious questions have been raised about Jang’s theology and his business practices.

And with the purchase of Newsweek by a Jang company called IBT Media, interest has spread far past US evangelical circles.

The New York Times did a piece on David Jang and Olivet University in October, the last few days have seen two important investigative pieces. The Guardian looked at IBT (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: World Vision Canada position on hiring gays and lesbians

I had a terrific day today, time spent with treasured friends. Lots of laughter and fun.

And I came home to read that World Vision USA had reversed a brave and important decision made two days ago on why they had decided to hire gay Christians in same sex marriages. I’m still shaking.

Go read. I’ll wait.

I want to say while I am sick with sorrow for what happened south of the border in evangelicalism, I am humbled at our Canadian values, and relieved this religious and tribal battle that would make pawns of the poor and vulnerable helped (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: MK Safety Net Canada

This is excellent news. Missionary Kids Safety Net, a well known advocacy and resource organization for missionary kids and third culture kids who have been harmed by their experiences in the missionary movement, has set up a Canadian branch. MKSN has been registered with Revenue Canada.

The purpose statement of MK Safety Net Canada is: “To advance education and promote health by providing educational programs and mutual support groups for people who have experienced trauma.”

MK Safety Net Canada is a group of individuals who wish to reach out to survivors of abuse in various missionary environments. “We are (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Charisma magazine runs paid for ‘news release’ under by-line of ‘news service’ owner

Nice catch by Ruth Graham (@publicroad) and Warren Throckmorton (Patheos).

A guy in Australia named Lyall Mercer wrote a pr mentioning his firm which was put up on Christian News Service (a pr site).

For pete’s sake. Pr is pr.

Charisma magazine picks it up with a few words changed, putting another byline on it.

Lyall Mercer of Mercer PR paid to have his advertisment put up at Christian News Service under the title: Driscoll Controversy Highlights Need for Churches to Develop PR Strategies to Protect from Christians

It shows up at Charisma magazine under the title: Mark Driscoll Plagiarism (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Fred Phelps dies

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Fred Phelps, the former pastor (as he had recently been excommunicated by his extremist Westboro Baptist Church), died today.

The National Post reports that he passed away in the wee hours of March 19-20. He was in a hospice and had been suffering from serious health problems recently.

No doubt you are well aware of the infamies of his ministry, but if not, Wikipedia has a useful introduction.

Phelps had been banned, along with other members of Westboro Baptist, from entering Canada in 2008 after announcing his plans to stage an (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: The “Filipino-Canadian priest” who is front page news

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.

The name of Father Fernando Suarez may be familiar to Catholics in the Toronto area. But Filipino community readers across Canada will certainly now know of him as he is the cover subject of The Filipino Post

Father Suarez, the Vancouver based free paper notes, made a bit of a splash in 2002 and 2003 when he was based in Ontario. He retains a Canadian-based non-profit charity, Mary Mother of the Poor. But he is probably best known, though, as the “Healing Priest”, who conducts faith-healing masses that, according to the (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: ResultSource – Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill NYT Best Seller List – ministries buying their way to the top

Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill church in Seattle have been getting attention again, this time for the choice to use a company called ResultSource to push one of Driscolls books onto the New York Times bestseller list.

The focus the past week has been on Driscoll, which begs the question, who is behind ResultSource? It turns out, the company which for a fee helps authors make bestseller lists was started by a man named Kevin Small.

Small attended Liberty University from 1990 to 1993, and in 1995 went to work for a pastor/leadership guru named John C. Maxwell.

An INJOY (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: The “Toronto Blessing” 20 years later

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Interesting article from Christianity Today in my inbox this morning.

Time flies, and it has been 20 years since the revival broke out at Toronto Airport Christian Fellowhip, as it then was. Now, the magazine has sent journalist Lorna Dueck back to Catch The Fire (Toronto) to see if there is lasting fruit.

You may find the article here. Some things that jumped out at me, which may jump out at you too…

1. Dueck writes that at the time, she felt compelled to allow herself to participate in what was (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: 100 Huntley Street US

The, Oh My God! from April Hernandez in the promo at 1:42 is um…er… ah…sets a tone for 100 Huntley Street US brought to you by the Canadian evangelical charity/broadcaster Crossroads Christian Communications Inc.

The show, hosted by April Hernandez and Eric Metaxas is currently scheduled to run on CW and ReelZ starting March 9th.

Twitter: @100HuntleyUS YouTube: Website:

Bene Diction Blogs On: Bill Gothard placed on leave by his board after abuse allegations

Since 2011, the people behind the website Recovering Grace have been “ helping people whose lives have been impacted by the teachings of Bill Gothard, the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP), and the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). ”

Recently Recovering Grace has been publishing stories of young women who worked directly for Gothard; giving them room to detail the sexual harassment, and the emotional spiritual manipulation they experienced. As well the inability of people to expose and stop him in the past has been made public by the website team. Recovering Grace initially looked at the harm created by Gothards (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: No Oscars for Dominionists?

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In the run-up to the Oscars, you may have noted that a song in the film Alone Yet Not Alone was nominated for an Oscar this year.

It was though to be quite a feather in the caps of the filmmakers, all ostensibly devout Christians. So, Christians were dismayed when the nomination was recently rescinded by the Academy. The makers of the song had broken Academy rules in campaigning for their song among Academy members voting for songs.

There was a bit of hue and cry. Hollywood is biased against us (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Bob Jones University rehires G.R.A.C.E.

After a boatload of negative publicity, Bob Jones University has re-hired G.R.A.C.E.

The announcement was made by the school this morning.

BJU Reengages GRACE To Complete Independent Review

Greenville, S.C. (February 25, 2014) – Bob Jones University today announced that it has reached agreement with GRACE to complete the independent review of the University’s response to sexual and other abuse. The independent review was initiated by the University in response to a series of national news stories about abuse at other institutions. The purpose of the review was to assess past responses by (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd recycles

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A new e-mail may imply that Todd Bentley’s sabbatical may start out to last at least a couple of months.

He’s staring an e-mail series on “The Father’s House”, as I write. This is about a series of visions that he relates about intimacy with God.

He doesn’t spell it out, but this is quite old. He’s sharing the booklet The Father’s House, which I am guessing is roughly 8-10 years old. (I have a copy of the booklet that I obtained back then and it was one of the first (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Crossroads Christian Communications, premier sponsor for US conservative evangelical broadcasting convention

Are Canadian evangelicals paying for this?

The National Religious Broadcasters is an association of evangelical religious broadcasters in the US, formed in 1944 to, “…advance biblical truth, promote media excellence, and defend free speech.” The Association started a tv network in 2005 which reaches about 19 million homes in the United States.

Each year, the NRB trade show is held in Nashville. This year The Christian Post (founded by David Jang) is one of the premier sponsors along with Crossroads. The ad above is part of the NRB convention brochure.

Crossroads founder David Mainse, who was diagnosed with (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Bob Jones dies

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Charisma News is reporting that “prophet” Bob Jones passed away on Valentines Day.

In the Charisma piece. Rick Joyner is quoted as the expert on Jones, as the latter was closely connected to Morningstar in recent years.

Jones was prominent and instrumental in the “Kansas City Prophets”.

Jones was occasionally noted for the vague sort of prophecies that could not be confirmed. In this prophecy about the 2040s and 2050s, for example. Jones could not be personally assessed for his prophetic gifting unless he had lived to be well over (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Baby baby

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

It may be of passing interest that Faytene Grasseschi, a regular subject here, is now letting on that she is pregnant on Facebook. She’s now in her third trimester.

Congratulations and hope all goes well. Cue up the Amy Grant song.

Bene Diction Blogs On: Bob Jones University shuts down G.R.A.C.E. investigation

Really? I doubt this comes as a surprise to anyone involved in holding religious institutions accountable for past and present handling of abuse. This is the second time G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) has entered into a contract with a US fundamentalist institution, only to be shut down shortly before the report has been released.

The letter sent to G.R.A.C.E. by Bob Jones U President Steven Jones and Board Chair explaining the termination of the investigation agreement is something else. I don’t believe for a nano second BJU (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Big news about to break with Todd Bentley?

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I should have first realized that something may have been about to break in regards to Todd Bentley when I saw this is my inbox this morning.

He’s selling everything on his own Sound of Fire website–not fresh Fire–for 50 per cent off for the month of February.

It’s priced to move! As confirmed by this notice on Facebook. And so is Todd? Seems he needs access to potential money that only he himself would have access to. And he needs it NOW.

At the very least, he needs a quick (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: How responsible is the International House of Prayer for the death of Bethany Deaton?

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

Rolling Stone has a sordid tale of cruelty and death in its January 30, 2014 issue. And the International House of Prayer hypercharismatic movement, I suspect, is hoping that you won’t read it.

Following the death of Bethany Deaton in 2012, the issue has been simmering in US papers and their blogosphere, But surely the prominent attention that Rolling Stone magazine is drawing to this will bring it all to a rolling boil.

It’s a gripping tale. The Rolling Stone feature reports on a small group of twentysomething Americans who began (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: “But hey, if she’s gonna run off with another man, why not Jesus, huh?”

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission.

One short clip from Nicolas Cage’s upcoming remake of Left Behind has made it out on the Internet.

You can check it out here, if you like. This would be Cage pre-Rapture.

Bene Diction Blogs On: Evangelicals in Isreal with PM Harper

Thanks to an alert blogger.

This is the gang that accompanied Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Israel. Toronto Star:

In addition to the politicians, a delegation of 208 cultural, business and spiritual leaders has joined Harper for this trip, which also includes stops in West Bank and Jordan. The delegation includes 21 rabbis, several dozen more affiliated with Jewish organizations, such as B’Nai Brith Canada, the Jewish National Fund of Canada and the Jewish Federations of Canada. Other religious organizations are also represented, such as Crossroads Christian Communications, the Christian and Missionary Alliance Canada and the Fellowship of Evangelical Baptist (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Rumours should only be a Johnny Crawford song

BY Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Earlier today, I thought that a piece of news might be forthcoming on the Internet based on something I read.

I’m not the type to go “Okay, this person is standing next to Brezhnev at the May Day parade, so….” Facts are good and godly.

So I was dismayed to see that a Google search related to what I was wondering is high up on Google.

Rumours are only good then they are a Johnny Crawford song. I think you may agree, as Christians seem to like rumours sometimes.