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Bene Diction Blogs On: “No airline attendant would wear a blouse two sizes two small.”–On the new Left Behind film

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Quite the crash and burn, for the new Left Behind film starring Nicolas Cage, as it were.

According to the movie grosses site, Indiewire, as I write, Left Behind has dropped to number 10 on their list of movie grosses, earning just under $ 3 million in revenue in its second week of release.

I myself went to see it twice, the first time in order to make sure that it didn’t disappear from theaters before I had a chance to see it. This was on the Saturday of the (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: God TV founder resigns because of adultery – for now

God TV:

GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec steps aside

GOD TV Co-founder Rory Alec has today announced he is leaving the Network, standing aside as Chairman and CEO with immediate effect. This follows what he terms ‘a moral failure’ concerning his marriage.

GOD TV Co-founder and Director of Television, Wendy Alec will continue to lead the Network along with its senior management team and the support of the GOD TV Board.

GOD TV has confirmed the organisation will continue its international operations as well as the work it is doing in Plymouth, UK. This includes the completion of its Revival (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Yellow light for Todd

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Todd Bentley evidently sees his recent trip to British Columbia as a success, as he’s planning more.

From Sept. 25-28 he’ll be back at Windword church in Langley Township, B.C.. This is where Brent Borthwick is pastor, and Bentley’s starter wife and kids fellowship. {Borthwick has been involved in Bentley’s providing of child support.)

I specify Langley Township, as it is not Abbotsford, his old stomping grounds. Windword is near Abbotford, but not *in* Abbotsford. But, as the video of his recent sermons there has Bentley implying or stating (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Cracked on faith healers

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The humour website Cracked is exposing faith healers. A Robert Evans, who says he is a retired faith healer, explains how he did it, or rather faked it, in this blog post here.

Would be interesting to know if his back story stands up. To Google!

Bene Diction Blogs On: Berated for not being able to predict Mark Driscoll’s and Todd Bentley’s futures

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Blogger Jeffrey Yoder is even harder than I can be in the case of Todd Bentley, if that were possible. But I think it a bit much to expect people to predict the future.

In his new post

Yoder notes that the recent enforced sabbatical of Mark Driscoll reminds him a lot of the crash and burn of Todd Bentley.

But whose fault is it? Anyone who offered Driscoll and Bentley a pulpit. And I read between the lines that Yoder seems, to me anyway, to be as (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Scriptures for ’71

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Do you recall my post on the “Good News for British Columbia” booklet? Well, I have a small update.

When I was out on errands this afternoon, I found another copy of the booklet. As you may recall, this was a “Good News Bible” Gospel of Mark issued in 1971 to tie in with the 100th anniversary of B.C. joining Canada. Now copies are thin on the ground and hard to find.

This new copy to me, however, has a blurb on the back cover which explicitly makes the tie (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: MK Safety Net Canada

Christian Week highlights the entry of MK Safety Net into Canada, and the tremendous pro-active work they do ’immersed in the struggles and pain experienced by survivors.’

“When MKs start talking about their abuse and they are told, ‘Get over it. Stop being bitter. Forgive.’ I think the Church believes God is sovereign, but when we have abuse claims in our ranks, we feel we have to protect God’s reputation by not talking about it or calling it a crime.”

Another issue Bissell identifies is that when abuse happens agencies are not doing enough to notify (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Crossroads Television System (CTS) re-branding

It appears that Crossroads Television System (CTS) is re-branding itself, CTS will become YES TV this fall. was registered by Crossroads Christian Communications Inc. out of Burlington in 1998, and was updated last month according to WHOIS.

While still categorized as a religious broadcaster, Crossroads continues to branch out in it’s programing according to it’s sales blurb at Marketing Magazine. Clicking on the CTS saleskit link takes you to a Yes TV page. (thanks to Channel Canada forums).

What’s in a name? Don’t know, given this has been registered since /98. It is interesting that Bruce (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Good News for British Columbia, indeed.

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

In the run-up to the B.C. Day long weekend, a bit of obscure history related to sharing the Gospel in the province.

Back in 1971, local Christians wanted to do something unique to celebrate the 100th anniversary of B.C. becoming part of Canada. This now rare booklet was the result.

“Good News for British Columbia” is a Gospel of Mark from the Today’s English Version translation. This is confirmed by several line drawings inside by the late artist Annie Vallotton, whose artwork is intimately associated with the translation. This (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Two of the most scary video soundbites that I have recently heard

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It takes some doing for Todd Bentley or a friend/supporter of his to leave me a bit gobsmacked by something they say.

Let’s turn a last time to Todd Bentley’s appearance on the History TV Canada program Miracles Decoded June 1, 2 and 4

A couple of soundbites contained in the Todd Bentley segment of that episode of Miracles Decoded are a bit unnerving, to say the least. I’ll try to save the relevant clips on YouTube, but in case they disappear, I’ll type them out.

Todd Bentley says something unnerving (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd Bentley on History Channel Canada

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(My main post on Todd Bentley’s appearance on History TV Canada June 1, 2 and 4.)

Todd Bentley, the noted faith-healing Canadian evangelist, was featured in a History TV Canada program in early June.

The second episode ever of Miracles Decoded, which featured Bentley along with the late Padre Pio and what the show describes as the “white witches” of Poland. Not that it wasn’t a useful introduction to faith healing, which aired June 1, 2 and 4 for viewers across all of Canada. It was. But the wrinkle is (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: People who live in glass houses shouldn’t star in documentaries

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Big thanks to blogger Peter T. Chattaway at Patheos, who brings us the latest news about Hillsong United.

Next Easter, Warner Brothers will release Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, a documentary concentrating on the worship band part of this church movement. Chattaway tells us all about it.

Bene D has written quite extensively about Hillsong. Such as their controversial ties to an Australian treatment center and the resulting fallout from that. How back in 2006. various bloggers in Australia perceived that not all was quite right with the churchh. How Australians (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd Bentley’s first try to get a reality show, and the angel that missed the plane

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{The fist part of what will probably be a lenthy post on Todd Bentley’s appearance on History TV Canada July 1, 2, and 4)

Did you know that the “Reno Outpouring featured on the recent episode of Miracles Decoded with Todd Bentley could have had its own TV reality show featuring Todd Bentley…back in 2010.

Would History TV Canada have smelled a rat had they known this when Bentley was filing with them? Pastor Eric Moen of the “Reno Outpouring calls himself a “friend” of evangelist Todd Bentley and that helped (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: So much for sneaking into B.C….

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used By Permission

If Todd Bentley had been hoping to sneak into Langley B.C., that might not be happening now.

Douglas Todd, the veteran religion reporter for The Vancouver Sun, has noticed that Todd Bentley has announced his plans to minister this week, for the first time in five years–or since the collapse of the Lakeland Revival–this week.

He has a detailed post on his blog, which you may see here.

And thanks to him for the kind hat tip.

Bene Diction Blogs On: Saturday! In a steel cage! (Or Justin Peters on Todd Bentley)

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Expect lots of listeners for this Cross Talk (internet) Radio episode. I’m hearing about it days before it is to air!

Tony Milano is scheduled to interview Justin Peters about his confrontation with Todd Bentley this Saturday. Here is a link to where it will be stored on the program’s website.

(Sorry about the headline. This reminds me of ads for All Star Wrestling when I was a kid. )

Bene Diction Blogs On: “I’m NOT praying for you” doesn’t mean “Sometimes people don’t get healed.”

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Justin Peters’ confrontation with Todd Bentley, blogged about here a few days ago, appears to be a story that “has legs” as we used to put it back in my old newsroom.

Latest on it is the Christian Post, which moves the story forward by quoting extensively from a video that Bentley has just cited on his website. Lots of talk about people not being healed, no matter what you try to do.

But sadly, this latest information helps to reveal that Todd Bentley hasn’t thought out his theology. He doesn’t (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd Bentley sneaks back in to British Columbia

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Todd Bentley is making a quick visit to his native British Columbia, the first quietly public activity here, since the collapse of the Lakeland Revival.

He grew up on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast and started his evangelism in the province. [Which led British Columbia Report to think him newsworthy and interesting way back in 2001].

But with Lakeland, the media here is now a bit, a little hip to Bentley. Which is why he’s coming back this way.

On June 25 2014 at 7 PM, he will be at Windword (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Todd Bentley denies God’s omnipresence?

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One of the tenets of charismatic theological thinking is that the Holy Spirit may work today as He did in the days of the Apostles.

Unless you are at a Todd Bentley meeting, then all bets are off.

In Todd Bentley’s confrontation with Justin Peters, Bentley says something odd at 0:25 of the video that I suspect people will miss.

To get rid of Peters, he says “I’m not giving you my anointing because I have nothing to give.”

Uh, Todd, aren’t Christians indwelt by the Holy Spirit and always (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Justin Peters and Todd Bentley, mano a mano

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

It was second time lucky for evangelist Todd Bentley as he appeared on the *second* episode of Miracles Decoded last week. I’m working on an indepth post on that, but for now there’s another fuss about Todd Bentley.

Todd Friel is the host of the theologically conservative radio program Wretched Radio [and the accompanying TV show Wretched TV]. Evangelist Justin Peters, who tends to be cessationist in his theology and suffers from cerebral palsy, has been occasionally featured on the Wretched shows. [He protests, however, that God can heal today. However (Read more…)

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Inching Toward China

Today, June 5, probably within the span of less than an hour, I read an article in the Globe and Mail titled Tiananmen Now (the online version is headlined Brave few return to Tiananmen Square to remember dark day in China’s History) and another principally unrelated article on the Ottawa Citizen’s web site headlined Government … Continue Reading

Bene Diction Blogs On: Tonight! Todd Bentley on History TV Canada! Or perhaps not!

By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission

Canadian-born evangelist Todd Bentley will appear on the History TV Canada program “Miracles Decoded” June 1. Unless something happens as happened last night, May 25, when the episode Bentley was on was pulled from being broadcast, perhaps at the last second.

My Mom, who loves Canada’s equivalent of the “History Channel”, tipped me off about the program. [For American readers, History TV Canada is available across the country, and is the equivalent of being on nationwide TV up here.]

So, I was looking forward to watching the program on May (Read more…)

Maple-Flavoured Politics: Taxes = Healthcare

I’m on vacation in Copenhagen and I will also be spending some time in Stockholm before returning home, which explains the dearth of posts here. When attempting to cross a street in Copenhagen, I was stopped at the intersection by a long parade of bicycles that filled half the street fairly densely. With the aid … Continue Reading

Bene Diction Blogs On: Hmm, Parliament talks about abortion

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The political issue of abortion may be closed in Stephen Harper’s mind, but the pro-choice side in Parliament is not co-operating, if he thinks that way.

You’re probably familiar with Justin Trudeau’s recent decision that new Liberal candidates must be pro-choice, full stop. John Ivison of the National Post reports on a new private motion by NDP MP Nikki Ashton. At the bottom of his piece, he notes her motion, which intends to have the House formally decide that all women have a “right to choose”.

Ivison concentrates on the (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: The “Welcome To Mississauga!” New Testament

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I come across interesting things in thrift stores, such as this New Testament.

It’s title: The Greatest Is Love.” Published in 1971 by the Canadian Home Bible League, as it then was, it’s interesting for at least two reasons.

I wonder if there is anyone still at the Christian Reformed Church of Clarkson remembers back to 1971 when they were Clarkson Christian Reformed Church and handed out this and other copies of *this* New Testament

I say this, as it was specilly commissioned by the church, with a breezy “Welcome (Read more…)

Bene Diction Blogs On: Rick Joyner downsizes, Todd Bentley upsizes?

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Excited e-mail from Todd Bentley on the morning of May 8, as he is starting up his new-to-him revival center with a little conference this weekend, to be broadcast live over the internet.

The location? In Fort Mill S.C. at an address…

“on the same property as Morningstar “. Stay at the Heritage International Ministries Retreat Center

So, is Todd picking up Rick Joyner’s mortgage for this particular piece of proprerty? Is it a part of the old PTL property that Joyner doesn’t need, which would mean that Joyner would (Read more…)