Assist “News” and Gospel For Asia: Updated

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14 Responses

  1. once a cc guru says:

    Dan Wooding has been a paid CC shrill for many a moon now…

    No, it’s not “news” when its bought and paid for!

  2. Steve Wright says:

    Just curious if you can clarify what makes Wooding “loosely associated” with Calvary Chapel? That seems to be right there in the headline and certainly comment #1 jumped all over it. I’ve spent 10 minutes looking at everything I can find about this guy and his background, ministry and don’t see one link to anything CC.

    Is it buying time on KWVE?

    It is a sincere question and I commend you for the questions you are asking of them (him) as to GFA.

  3. dswoager says:

    The Christians should expect better comment, reminded me of this:

    http://babylonbee.com/news/christian-post-completes-transition-to-ad-only-website/

    Good for a chuckle.

  4. Michael says:

    Steve,

    I was careful with my words for a reason.
    There is the KWVE and his channel connection, but for years when Chuck Smith was alive there was always a lot of CC related material on Assist.
    Smith also wrote the forward to one of his books
    Wooding also was a co host on Pastors Perspective for a season.
    He also has Brian Nixon as an occasional writer…who is (or at least was) on staff at Calvary Albuquerque.
    Thus…’loosely” connected.

  5. Steve Wright says:

    Thank you.

  6. Steve Wright says:

    The funny thing is I worked in Lake Forest for years (my insurance job 1992-2013) and of course went to CCCM until 2001…I vaguely recognize the last name but might be thinking of another Wooding. Shows how out of touch I am with this stuff….

  7. Michael says:

    The KWVE and hischannel connections are significant.
    My guess is they wouldn’t carry “Calvin’s Corner” even if we could afford it…

  8. Jim says:

    The GFA related tweets are pretty funny. If you search Twitter for #gospelforasia you will see many fake accounts posting positive stories. This is what $70,000 of donor money gets you with a reputation management company.

  9. Jess says:

    Wow, Dan Wooding has moved up in the world. I remember him reporting on our little missionary group in Israel, back in 2000. All I knew about him is that he was a website with “Christian news”. And most of his stories at that time were about Calvary Chapels. Not surprised that he’s giving Gospel for Asia a gentle massage. He never seemed even back in 2000 that he wanted to do anything except talk about how wonderful everybody’s ministry is. If he has changed in that regard, then I stand corrected. But the “reporting” back then was little more than talking about how wonderful everybody was.

  10. Michael says:

    Jess,

    You have summed up most of his articles… 🙂

  11. Judy says:

    I’d never heard of this guy or his site and having a background in newspaper work, I decided to go look. It’s interesting that the bottom left sidebar is dedicated to all the many wonderful people that Dan Wooding has met/written stories about/whatever.

    He even has a picture of Saeed and Naghmeh. So I guess he gets around.

    But, when a man spends so much time promoting himself on what is supposed to be a business type site, he loses credibility in my eyes.

  12. once a cc guru says:

    Update: The former head of GFA communications has affirmed that Wooding is paid to post these “reports”.

    Need I say more?!?

  13. Wondering says:

    Got to this story via Kevin’s post today (missed it the first time around). Yes, Wooding is paid to send out these stories, like a news wire service (GFA sends the content, Wooding sends it out to his list). I know this firsthand. Wooding is considered a “friend” of GFA (he is one of the few people left on GFA.org’s Endorsements page: http://www.gfa.org/church/endorsements/) but I also know that GFA pays him for his services.

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