How to handle a blunder.

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Jeff Zaslow, at the Wall Street Journal, had a great article yesterday (12/28): “What to learn from high profile blunders.” It contains advice from top-tier communications and public relations consultants, on how to handle mistakes. The first three bits of wisdom? Fear the Web. “I’m sorry” doesn’t cut it. You’re not always right. The best… Read more »

Sarbox for cult-like churches?

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Brannon Howse, of World View Weekend, writes a thought-provoking post: “Why Many of Today’s Evangelical Pastors are Cult-Like.” It’s a good question. Brannon’s getting at a particular failure in the 21st-century church’s immune system – some call it ‘cult-like leadership,’ others call it “spiritual abuse,” and others the “CEO/Pastor.”  Whatever you call it, churches have… Read more »

Is BBC asking the right questions?

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Steve Gaines’ comments to Bellevue Baptist from Wed. night are on-line [audio here]. Two things jump out: 1. That ovation. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? 2. The new committee is more likely to divide than heal. The committee has been asked to investigate two very important matters: Paul Williams’ conduct, and… Read more »

Bellevue III

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Steve Gaines (of already-beleaguered Bellevue Baptist Church) has been rocked again, by allegations that he was told six months ago that a minister on staff had sexually abused children in the past, and Gaines did nothing about it. The Commercial-Appeal has more, including calls for Gaines to resign, from Michael Spradlin, President of Mid-America Seminary,… Read more »