At this point in the unfolding story of Harvest Bible Chapel, there can be no doubt that James MacDonald and the HBC Elders’ collective decision to publicly humiliate Scott Phelps and Barry Slabaugh has back-fired upon them. Thirty-six hours ago, former Chairman of the Board David Corning broke his three-year silence to come out in defense of these two men. Now, as of yesterday, former HBC Pastor of Young Adult Ministries Rod Van Solkema has elected to do the same by coming out in defense of David Corning.
What must also be noted is that this is not the first time that Rod Van Solkema has spoken. On one other occasion, prior to the publication of The Elephant’s Debt, Mr. Van Solkema issued a statement to Blood Stained Ink, in which came in the form of a parable.
Now, however, it appears that Mr. Van Solkema is no longer content to let a parable speak for him. In a show of support for David Corning, Mr. Van Solkema had the following to say:
Dave, Thank you for speaking the truth about James and HBC. This needed to be said, and there is no better to say it than you. Even more than that, I want to thank you for being my elder. You were always one of the few in the inner circle at HBC that I could trust. Because, anyone who has ever been on staff at HBC knows the dissonance caused by what’s seen on a Sunday and what goes on behind closed doors the rest of the week. Your humility, integrity, and godliness always brought comfort to my angst. You were always a light shining in the darkness, pointing me to the true essence of Christ and His Kingdom. Rod Van Solkema
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Editor’s Note: Tomorrow morning, on the 21st of September, another former staff member will speak out for the first time on the Elephant’s Debt.