In Sweden the end of October for a fund-raiser, Peter Youngren got into a dust up with media.
He was upset with an unfavorable review in Dagen (The Day) written by Kerstin Doyle.
So Dagen writer Carl Henric Jaktlund, who references an article from five years ago which pointed out that one of Youngren’s crusade crowd pictures was a cut and paste, offered Youngren an opportunity for an interview to respond to the latest criticism of his October trip.
Peter Youngren asked that questions be submitted to him in advance, and said he’d respond by email, giving the magazine no opportunity to ask further questions or seek clarification. (Youngren has done this with Canadian media – see this article in ChristianWeek). The explanation given for the cut and paste picture was that it was an error that had been corrected; however, the crowd paste scenes had been doctored with different clothes on the repeat cut/pasted people. Youngren also demanded his emailed response be placed prominently in Dagen.
Having set his own conditions, Youngren went to a blogger to publish his response to Dagen. He then popped into the comment section at the magazine and lit into the writers about the magazines investigation 5 years ago.
Daniel Graham promised an article and that was why I produced the video, which disproved the current attacks 2005th Much effort was put on to go through today’s criticism, point by point. So I am gullible. I actually thought about what Daniel Graham had said and I still had no idea that day was a Christian magazine, which would be different than a tabloid.
Graham promised up to a meeting in the summer of 2005 to talk through our differences. It’s pathetic how Daniel Graham is acting now. I understand how “stupid” I have been to believe in anything you say. Do not blame the DG and I have different recollections, this is documented. You had me portrayed for your readers with your lies for five and a half years.
You are worse than a tabloid, because you hide behind the “Christian” facade to talk about honesty and integrity. An evening paper is more honest, for which readers know that there actually is a “tabloid” one reads.
CHJ, you are an accomplished journalist and you say you do not know what to write? Watch the video and write what you see and hear and criticize it since all you want.
You ask why I call your writing “witch-hunt”. You insinuate to your readers that I have nothing to hide. You could have written a regular offerings, perhaps like this: “Peter, I know we’ve had our differences, but now I offer you an interview. I want to listen to and paraphrase your criticism, and while you may take our critical issues.” Your Friend, Doyle, wrote that I do not give interviews, after I had informed her that I never refuse an interview, with one exception-Day.
And now you want me to trust you and Carl-Henric, that you are interested in our work and want to be objective.
Let Daniel Graham first fulfill its promise of an article on the video. Do you dare to the Daniel Graham?
Or is Daniel Graham may have feared that if he writes something, people will themselves to order the video from ETAL. Then all their own determination of who tells the truth and it would probably be dangerous for the Day. – Peter Ljunggren
Okay. Moving into the present, what did Kerstin Doyle write about the recent trip that that upset Youngren so much? It appears it wasn’t the facts as much as the tone. Google translation from Swedish to English is rough, but it doesn’t appear that the facts aren’t in dispute. Youngren spoke at Swedish churches where he was able to sell his products. About 150 people were at the meeting Doyle attended. Doyle referred to the business aspect of Youngren’s ministry, the product selling and attempts to raise funds and mentioned the public awareness of his 2003 extra-marital affair. Doyle also mentioned Peter Youngren did not speak at a Swedish religious festival last year because another guest speaker would not share the stage with him. (Inserted -BD According to Youngren it was Bill Prankard, and the Day reporter who gave Youngren right of response in 2009 was Kerstin Doyle) His trip to Sweden this year was facilitated by one of his Canadian Celebration Bible College teachers, Linda Bergling, who ran The Ark conference.
Youngren does not handle media, questions or criticism well. Here is his pre-emptive response to Doyle’s article on the blog Aletheia. Again, the translation is rough, but the prickliness, big claims and victim-hood is evident. If any English speaking Swedes wish to correct any of my impression or omission errors, please do. (ETAL is Swedish for World Impact Ministries).
Peter Ljunggren answer:
Today’s latest article, “Peter Ljunggren the collection trip, “shows the newspaper’s continuing disregard for the truth and signed. I give interviews to secular and Christian magazines often. The only magazine I refuse to talk to the day, because it has so far only been about a smear campaign translation. The day has previously been running slander against me. When the material was presented to the chief Daniel Graham five years ago, materials that disproved what the newspaper had written about me and ETAL in some 10 articles, was printed there, although I received a promise from Graham that this would happen. This will mean deliberately keeping away from the truth. I’m still open to written questions on the condition that the answers I give will be in the article.
A few words about the latest article. I think many readers will notice how the breathing scorn … ETAL meeting program included six cities, in three we rented premises and in three we made joint efforts with the congregation where the meeting took place. This ought to know since the day the magazine called to the churches and asked what one pastor called “strange questions to kick-start a drive.” If I am a “businessman” on collecting trip “I am really an uncanny businessman, because you never on such a trip covers all expenses. Our purpose is the salvation and some 80 people were honored with the book we give to those who want to be saved or come back to God.
Naturally, the magazine once again entered my infidelity nine years ago. This seems to be today’s favorite subject in me. I remind readers that I have a couple of years ago wrote to more than 11 000 Christians in Sweden and told her about my infidelity and asked for forgiveness. It is perhaps unique in the Swedish Christian history that a preacher has done so. For Day takes this topic never ends.
One thing has the right of the journalist, there were 150 people at the meeting of the Assembly Ark. Though she forgot to count all the other seats partiena, the 150 meeting of the visitors was most likely the same party as the journalist. All the churches we visited was completely sold out, except the Ark and the University where we could have received a score of. On a couple of seats was not enough for the church, I had to open the cafeteria, which also was completed.
Just call and ask the places we visited. But want to disparage and belittle it could very well there, everything in the Christian daily newspaper’s name.
My impression based on conversations with so-called atheists and agnostics in Sweden is that Swedes are wide open to the message of Jesus, the cross and resurrection. What if “Christian journalists’ could be just as interested in the gospel as” infidels “.
Yougren’s show was taken off Channel 7 in Scandinavia earlier this year when news of his current divorce reached the region, along with news of the police investigation in Finland and the civil suit launched by the board of EKM, a ministry group who had formerly worked with Youngren.
I received word a couple of weeks ago that the Finnish police investigation is still open and on-going.
Even with the choppy Google translation and judging by the number of comments at Dagen and Aletheia, it is apparent Swedish Pentecostals and Word of Faith adherents remain profoundly polarized about Youngren.
Back in Canada, Grace TV has been running oversea Youngren crusades on the flagship show Encounter.
In March 2009 Youngren talked about Grace TV to Maranatha News. The article is an interesting read, Youngren laid out where he planned to go and how he wanted to get there (this was months before the divorce announcement). He talks about grand world wide distribution plans, sparkling innovative programming, multiple locations, wide partnerships with Canadian Christians, “broad representation of various groups in Canada” and a vigorous donor base.
The economics of religious broadcasting, an aging and tapped out donor base, repetitive programming, a saturated market have not been kind to Grace TV. The channel made a deal with Shaw, and payments were deferred as fund raisers haven’t met goals. A 50% Canadian household reach does not translate into cheerful givers in a tough economic climate.Programming is tired, web pages are out of date. I don’t think Grace TV will fold, I think it will get it’s licence renewal in 2011 and will limp along. We’ll see. The Swedish dust up isn’t a surprise and the relationship between Youngren and Swedish religious media will continue to limp along.