For anyone following the saga of the National Benevolent Association, the Disciples’ social and health services general unit (or “general ministry,” as they call them these days), the non-profit’s suit against Weil, Gotshal & Manges, the law firm that it hired to restructure its debt and handle its Chapter 11 bankruptcy was nixed this week by Judge Ronald B. King.

I was just getting ready to pack my suitcase and head to San Antonio for the Feb. 12 trial, when I got the news from NBA board chair Pat Parvin. (“Dang. Now I have to remain in the freezing cold Midwest,” I thought to myself.)

This isn’t the end of the matter though. Look for NBA’s attorneys to appeal to US District Court. It was kind of weird to have Judge King, who presided over the bankruptcy, having to also rule on a lawsuit over the same case.

Spending time poring over court documents is not really the most interesting thing to do, but every now and then there’s something interesting in the NBA case. There were more than 30 depositions taken – from former NBA management and board members, church leaders, creditors, case professionals, attorneys, and of course, ‘experts’. While the depositions themselves are not posted on the electronic filing system, excerpts of them are quoted in filings by both sides.

Interesting, like I said. It appears not all of NBA’s management and board were marching in lock-step, after all.

For the church’s sake, I hope the case comes to trial someday, in some court. It may be the closest we ever get to having answers to the questions that still linger today.

Here is a link to a different take on the latest development, from