Articles of Interest
Was flight MH370 lost in an aeronautical black hole or did catastrophic power failure prevent air traffic control plotting its every move?
With technology tracking our every move, it seems incredible that a plane carrying 239 passengers could vanish into thin air.
Yet despite flight data recorders, location transponders and radio communication, the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 disappeared on a midnight flight out of Kuala Lumpur on Friday.
Experts are baffled by the loss of communication, with some putting forward theories of mid-air bomb explosions, disappearance into an ‘aeronautical black hole’ and an attempt at electronic warfare.Read More »
On Friday Mars Hill posted an announcement where they assured us that Mark Driscoll ”did not profit from the Real Marriage books sold … through the Result Source marketing campaign.” At the time, I found the statement difficult to believe, because the whole point of the $210,000 “investment” was surely to profit from it.
Even if Driscoll gave back every penny from sales and commissions purchased with the $210k, he still profited from the buzz and increased sales that a #1 ranking on the Times generated. Publishers understand the sales boost that can come from such a listing and sometimes offer authors bonuses if their books appear on important bestseller lists.Read More »
McGee found that regarding accounts of creation, 62.2 percent of Baptists agreed or totally agreed the earth is millions of years old. More than half (54.9 percent) disagreed or totally disagreed that dinosaurs lived with Adam and Eve. Almost 42 percent said they think the earth is millions of years old because of science.
On moral questions, McGee found that 38.6 percent replied “Yes” or “I don’t know” to the question, “Is there an acceptable time to perform an abortion?”Read More »
Christopher Hambrook, 37, leaned on the ever expanding legal “rights” offered to people who “identify” with the sex opposite their biology. Under the name “Jessica,” he was able to get into the women’s shelters, where he sexually assaulted several women in 2012, the Toronto Sun reports.Read More »
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz opened the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday morning by outlining how conservatives can win in 2014 and beyond, saying GOP candidates need to “stand for principle” and draw clear contrasts with Democrats.
“There are a lot of D.C. consultants who say there’s a choice for Republicans to make: We can either choose to keep our head down, to not rock the boat, to not stand for anything, or we can stand for principle,” he said. “They say if you stand for principle you lose elections. The way to do it — the smart way, the Washington way — is don’t stand against Obamacare, don’t stand against the debt ceiling, don’t stand against nothing. I want to tell you something — that is a false dichotomy.”Read More »
The Signed Contract That Helped Get Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage on the New York Times Best Seller List
Yesterday, World Magazine published an article by Warren Cole Smith which described a contract between Mars Hill Church (MHC) and ResultSource, Inc. (RSI) for the purpose of elevating Mark Driscoll’s book Real Marriage to various best seller lists. The arrangement was successful, leading to a week atop the New York Time’s best seller list for advice books. Mars Hill Church does not deny this but spun the arrangement as a means to spread the gospel.
I have a copy of the contract signed by Mars Hill executive pastor Sutton Turner and Mat Miller at RSI. In 2013, Jeffrey Tractenberg investigated RSI for the Wall Street Journal and interviewed various people who had worked with RSI. In that article, author Melissa Wilson described the RSI strategy as “the secret sauce.” With World’s reporting, the sauce isn’t so secret anymore.Read More »
Seattle’s Mars Hill Church paid a California-based marketing company at least $210,000 in 2011 and 2012 to ensure that Real Marriage, a book written by Mark Driscoll, the church’s founding pastor, and his wife Grace, made the New York Times best-seller list.
According to a document obtained by WORLD, Result Source Inc. (RSI) contracted with Mars Hill “to conduct a bestseller campaign for your book, Real Marriage on the week of January 2, 2012. The bestseller campaign is intended to place Real Marriage on The New York Times bestseller list for the Advice How-To list.”Read More »
Southern Poverty Law Center Biased in Labeling Family Research Council a ‘Hate Group,’ Academic Study Argues
The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” fails to use objective criteria in determining which organizations should be labeled a “hate group,” George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, finds in a new study, “Watching the Watchers: The Neglect of Academic Analysis of Progressive Groups,” published in the January issue of the journal Academic Questions.
SPLC’s list dubiously lists Family Research Council as a hate group while ignoring anti-Christian groups that use similar rhetoric, which demonstrates that the list is more about mobilizing liberals than providing an objective source for hate groups, Yancey argues. SPLC has escaped critical analysis of its work in academia because of a liberal bias among academicians, the study additionally claims.Read More »
A day after after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear their case, sentencing them to almost certain deportation, the Romeike family has received a reprieve.
The Home School Legal Defense Association confirmed today that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has granted the German homeschooling family “indefinite deferred status,” allowing them to remain in the United States as long as they want.Read More »
Lerner, who last year refused to answer questions about her role in singling out Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status, was called back before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Wednesday. Though Republicans argue she waived her Fifth Amendment right by giving a statement during the last hearing, Lerner continued to invoke that right on Wednesday.Read More »