David Shannon

“She [Rachael Denhollander] was in an image, basically blurred, it was an out of focus shot that had some artistic design to it to show that there’s something going on here. I knew you would know who that was, okay? I wasn’t surprised by that. It was intentional. That was the whole point, to say exactly what Owen Strachan was saying, over the top of this and with others involved in it.” 

“Principalities and powers okay, they’re not demons (laughter).” 

“There are people and institutions that are being manipulated and used to bring about a certain outcome that is not biblical.”

“Owen Strachan had a part in his interview…he said there are principalities and powers…trying to work themselves out inside of our, and so at that point I had not had clarity to all the influences that were going on. I knew she [Rachael Denhollander] was part of it. I knew that she was engaged with it one way or another. Again, her intentions might have been good, but they’re not helping. She’s manipulating pastors to do something that’s unbiblical. I did that throughout the film, not just with her. With Russell Moore. I did that with James Merritt.”

– David Shannon (@ChocolateKnox) Listen here, beginning at 01:12:00.

The Smearing of Rachael Denhollander – Part II

Ignore the sycophantic spin. There are clear, pointed admissions of intent to smear Rachael Denhollander. Listen for yourself and judge with righteous judgment. John 7:24.

• On the 4 August, 2019 episode of the CrossPolitic podcast, the hosts proudly admit that the association of Rachael Denhollander with Ephesians 6:12 was intentional.

• On 17 December, 2019, David Shannon was a guest on the podcast, Canon Calls, with host Jake McAtee. They discussed the making of The Founders documentary, By What Standard?

“[Rachael Denhollander] was in an image, basically blurred, it was an out of focus shot that had some artistic design to it to show that there’s something going on here. I knew you would know who that was, okay? I wasn’t surprised by that. It was intentional. That was the whole point, to say exactly what Owen Strachan was saying, over the top of this and with others involved in it.” – David Shannon/ChocolateKnox – Canon Calls Podcast, 17 December, 2019.

“We’re always having the powers, the spiritual powers and principalities exert pressure on us. That’s not new.” – Owen Strahan

Mr. Shannon stated that the use of an image of Rachael Denhollander in the first Founder’s Ministry trailer, under an audio by Owen Strachan was not unintentional, as many have argued.

The complete first trailer may be viewed here.

Dorothy’s Famous Cranberry Salad

This is, by far, my most requested recipe. It’s from my paternal grandmother, Dorothy. This is the star at every holiday table.

2 cups sugar
1 bag of fresh, whole cranberries
1 small package orange gelatin
3/4 cup celery, minced
1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 20oz can of crushed pineapple thoroughly drained

•  Grind the whole, fresh cranberries in a food processor to a medium grind, about the size of an apple seed. Do not puree. 
•  Combine the cranberries and sugar with about 3 tbsp of water in a medium sauce pan. Bring it just to a boil then quickly turn the heat down to low. Stir continuously until the mixture begins to melt.  Remove from heat.
•  In a medium mixing bowl combine the orange gelatin with 3/4 cup boiling water. When the gelatin has dissolved add the cranberry mixture and stir well. Allow to cool.
•  When the cranberry gelatin mixture has cooled slightly, add the celery, pecans and well-drained crushed pineapple. Thoroughly combine.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  The salad should set up nicely.
Tips:  Drain the crushed pineapple thorough by placing it into a colander or sieve and then press down firmly with a small plate.  The less juice the better the salad will set.
Look for canned, crushed pineapple that comes in it’s own juice, with no sugar added. Avoid fruit in heavy or lite syrup.

Tourtière or French Meat Pie

A Tourtière, or French Meat Pie, sometimes referred to as a pork pie is a colloquial favorite in French families. Much like Thanksgiving stuffing, every family seems to have their own version of this classic comfort food dish. I add a few vegetables and a very light gravy to the filling and serve with gravy overtop. It’s similar to Shepherd’s Pie. This is our annual Christmas dinner.

Two standard pie crusts (refrigerated pie crust is fine)


1 lb ground beef (I prefer 80/20)
1 lb ground pork
1 cup diced potato
1 cup diced yellow onion
1 large carrot, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 cup beef broth
3-4 tbsp corn starch

Egg wash (1 egg combined with 1/4 cup milk)

• Preheat the oven to 350º.

• Pierce a medium-sized russet potato with a knife. Microwave on high until just barely tender, about 10 minutes. Peel and dice.

• In a very large skillet over medium heat, add the beef, pork, potatoes, onions, carrot and celery. Sauté until the meat is browned and the vegetables begin to become tender.

• Add the seasoning and combine.

• In a cup, combine 1 cup beef broth and 3-4 tbsp corn starch. Make a well in the center of the skillet and pour mixture into the pan. Blend quickly as mixture will thicken rapidly to make a gravy. Thoroughly combine with meat mixture and remove from heat.

• Place one pie crust in the bottom of a pie pan and poke the bottom with a fork several times.

• Pour the meat and vegetable filling into the unbaked crust and smooth the top.

• Cover with the remaining pie crust. Flute the edges of the top and bottom crust together and then cut vents in the top crust with a sharp knife. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top crust with the egg wash.

• Bake at 350º for 45m – 1 hour or until crust is very golden.

I serve with beef gravy (optional) and a fresh green salad.

1/2 stick of butter
4 tbsp all purpose flour
32 oz Swanson’s Beef Broth
Kosher Salt
Black Pepper
1/8 tsp lemon juice
1 dash Cayenne pepper
Kitchen Bouquet (optional)

• Make a roux by melting the butter over medium heat and adding the flour. Stir until the roux is a toasted brown and the raw flour aroma is gone.

• Pour the broth into the pan and stir vigorously with a whisk. The mixture will tighten up very quickly, but keep stirring and it will become velvety smooth.

• Add the seasoning and the lemon. Stir well and taste. Adjust seasoning to your preference.

• For a darker color add a few drops (a little goes a long way) of Kitchen Bouquet.

The Smearing of Rachael Denhollander – An Unholy Partnership

Transcript: Gabriel Rench: This, this to me is atrocious, because you know, our boys over at The Founders Ministry, they drop a trailer and within ten minutes of them dropping that trailer this past week, or a week and a half ago now, Al Mohler makes a statement. Akin makes a statement. People start pulling out of the trailer, out of the film, and so forth. Rachael and Matt, so Rachael goes on June 10th, Matt goes on I think June 12th, was it June 11th, and there’re discrepancies, serious discrepancies, in their sides of the story. So either Rachael is lying or misrepresenting the facts, or Matt Chandler is lying or misrepresenting the facts. That’s a big deal. And, we’re talking about something that’s significant in the church. And, not one SBC leader said a thing about these discrepancies.

Following is the transcript of the above video clip.

Let’s examine Gabriel Rench’s comment first. Rench begins by stating that the spliced comments by Matt Chandler and Rachael Denhollander are “atrocious”, which means brutal, barbaric, barbarous, brutish, savage, vicious, wicked, cruel, nasty, ruthless, merciless…villainous, murderous, heinous, nefarious, monstrous, base, low, lowdown, vile, inhuman, infernal, dark, black, black-hearted, fiendish, hellish, diabolical, ghastly, horrible;

Rench then affectionately refers to the Founders Ministry as “Our boys”, followed by the assertion that there are “serious discrepancies” in their stories. Rench then accuses either Matt or Rachael (really just Rachael) of lying.

Toby Sumpter then jumps in saying they should’ve known people would “…take this and twist this to distract us from the point.” Sumpter then boils down the position of CrossPolitic to one brief, clear statement, “…the point is absolutely true.”

CrossPolitics Basic Talking Points:
• Atrocious
• Serious discrepancies
• Someone is lying (Rachael-Wink-Wink)
• People are twisting this
• They’re trying to distract us
• The point is absolutely true. Denhollander is principalities & powers.

It is CrossPolitic that is twisting to create a distraction. They took two video segments … one of Rachael Denhollander in a panel discussion hosted by the ERLC on June 10, 2019.

The other of Matt Chandler, during the 2019 SBC Annual Meeting (6/11/2019) addressing allegations that his church mishandled a report of a minor being sexually abused at a 2012 church camp.

CrossPolitic spliced together selected comments from both videos, out of context, to make it appear that there were ‘serious discrepancies’ and that ‘one of them is lying’. This is beyond unethical. It is a violation of the 9th commandment and it is sin.

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part IX

On 11 July, 2018 Ann Voskamp wrote a post on her blog entitled, “When You’re Tired of Pretending Everything’s Okay”..

In the post, Ms. Voskamp plagiarized material written by author Eugene Peterson, best known for the contemporary Bible paraphrase, The Message..

Note:  Mrs. Voskamp buried an apology for her plagiarism of Cynthia Occelli in a post entitled “Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend” dated 07/14/2018.  It reads:

“In writing my books, The Broken Way, and Be The Gift, I wrote of how my father, a seventh-generation farmer, spoke of seeds and how the process of growth looks like devastation:  ‘For a seed to come fully into its own, it must become wholly undone. The shell must break open, its insides must come out, and everything must change. If you didn’t understand what life looks like, you might mistake it for complete destruction.’  What I attributed to my father appears to have originated with author Cynthia Occelli, was used without correct attribution or permission, and I humbly apologize for any confusion, and am profoundly grateful to make the correct attribution to Cynthia Occelli.”

Abdication Avalanche

We live in the Avalanche Age. Each day we’re buried beneath mammoth piles of information. Torrents of snow, rock and debris plummet toward us in a never-ending cycle of news, media, social media and information, not to mention the trivial bits of pop culture and celebrity worship.

For the average human being, with the responsibilities of job, education, home and family, it’s simply impossible to take it all in. There aren’t enough hours in the day to be properly informed, with primary sources and thorough personal study and thought.

With our over-scheduled lives we increasingly abdicate, in one area or another, allowing others to do the work for us. Housework? A quick call to Miracle Maids and we can mark that task off our to-do list!

Enter identity religion. Information surges toward us, requiring considerable study in order to reach a Biblical conclusion. Lacking time, we surrender our responsibility and allow others to process the information for us. We jump on the identity religion bandwagon which most resembles…us!

Take, for example, Beth Moore. Evangelicalism certainly doesn’t lack for opinions of Mrs. Moore and her teaching. This post is not an apologetic for her, but having said that, I would wager that few of her critics have devoted considerable time to in-depth, personal study of Moore’s material. I suspect that many criticisms are based on hearsay, internet memes and snippets of video which are then circulated. Some of us take the easy route by abdicating to the view of a bully pulpit blogger.

Because of this trend, there is a tendency to dismiss with a broad brush any concern which might have the slightest ring of social justice. Because we have taken up positions in our various identity camps we sometimes mistakenly dismiss actual sin as whiny SJW rubbish.

“Who said that? Well no wonder! He’s a Liberal Elite Egalitarian! You can’t listen to a thing he says!” –or– “Give me a break! With that Fundy ‘Murica crowd everyone’s a heretic! Ignore them!”

When we embrace identity religion, we effectively abdicate our Biblical responsibility. This dulls our ability to reason and discern. We cling to those with whom we agree, rather than clinging to what is right. – 1 Timothy 6:11.

Rather, let us be like Joshua. “Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, “Are you for us or for our adversaries?” He said, “No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord.” And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, “What has my lord to say to his servant?” – Joshua 5:13-14

Ann Voskamp and Plagiarism – Part VII

The quote by author Cynthia Occelli was seen in the October 18, 2016, video lesson entitled The Broken Way, Small Group Bible Study by Ann Voskamp – Session One, on the official Zondervan YouTube channel. Beginning at approximately the 2:10 minute mark.

The quote is also found in the first chapter of Mrs. Voskamp’s book, The Broken Way, on page 26.  In both cases Voskamp attributes the quote to her father. See below.