|Title: A Life in & Out of Hillsong|
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Date Posted：02/08/2010 11:55 PMCopy HTML
I stayed up all night reading this book. I recommened it.
Amazon lists this book here:
Tanya Levin grew up in the church that became Hillsong is Australia's most ambitious, entrepreneurial and influential religious corporation. PEOPLE IN GLASS HOUSES tells how a small Assemblies of God church in a suburban school hall became a multi-million dollar tax free enterprise, a cult and a powerful force in Australia today. Opening up the world of Christian fundamentalism, this is a powerful, personal and at times very funny exploration of an all singing, all swaying mega church. Shortlisted, 2007 Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award
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Date Posted：03/08/2010 3:50 AMCopy HTML
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I stayed up all night reading this book. I recommend it.
The Tanya Levin book about Hillsong is excellent. However I do believe that unless one has evolved past the point where they blindly believe people in charge of churches are trustworthy it won't make much difference.
Tradition tends to make people just trust institutions because their parents did, and their parents did etc. Unfortunately churches are not always trustworthy, and now more than ever are not in it for the love.
I hope one day people will open their eyes and learn how to compare the behaviour of people who run churches to that of the one they are meant to be worshipping, not just accept mediocrity because it is what they are used to.
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Re：A Life in & Out of Hillsong
Date Posted：16/08/2010 11:45 PMCopy HTML
Gloria Jeans owner is insolvent, court told
August 17, 2010
Jireh International, co-owned by Nabi Saleh, is in ''financial dire straits''. Photo: Jim Rice
THE parent company of Gloria Jeans Coffee, co-owned by the Hillsong Church elder Nabi Saleh, is in ''financial dire straits'' and should be put into liquidation and an investigation held into its affairs, the NSW Supreme Court has been told.
It is the latest shot fired in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the coffee giant's parent company, Jireh International, by a small US-based coffee supplier, Western Export Services.
On June 11, the court ruled that Jireh must pay the export company millions in commissions and interest after it found Jireh had breached a joint venture agreement. Yesterday the parties were back in court, fighting over the formula used to calculate the total owed to Western Export Services.
Both parties were required to submit evidence to the court on their financial circumstances. ''The defendant is hopelessly insolvent,'' said Jim Johnson, counsel for Western Export Services. ''There are public policy issues as to whether this company should be allowed to keep trading.''
After revising the formula, Justice David Hammerschlag ordered that Jireh pay more than $12 million to Western Export Services, plus interest and court costs. The judgment also requires that Jireh honour the original joint venture agreement, which provides ongoing commissions on sales of Gloria Jeans coffee and products to franchisees, worth $1.865 million in the year to June 2010.
Mr Saleh and his co-owner, Peter Irvine, a former chief executive of the now-closed Mercy Ministries, sought a stay in the judgment, leaving the way open for them to appeal the decision.
The judge granted the stay order, but instructed Jireh to provide assurances that it would not ''dispose of any assets or conduct any dealings other than in the course of normal business''.
In December, Mr Irvine and fellow Mercy Ministry
directors admitted engaging in false, misleading and deceptive conduct
following an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
investigation into the practices of the Hillsong-connected organisation.
They were required to pay $1050 and apologise to each person affected
by Mercy Ministries' conduct, all young women with mental health and
drug and alcohol problems.