If someone is accused, should they be automatically presumed guilty? This is not really a new question but an age-old issue. For example, in 1642 Salem Village, Massachusetts  over 200 people were accused of practicing witchcraft. Most, like Caribbean slave, Tituba, “confessed,” hoping to avoid conviction by becoming an “informer” leveling accusations against others. Nearly all the accused were Christians and church attenders, and if the accused had merely “confessed” their witchcraft, and “repented” of … Continue reading

Answering a Critic

An individual saw last week’s blog, “Moral Fluidity” and shared it on his webpage, first by quoting snippets from our article and then by offering his commentary (we have also done a webcast on this as well): If we allow the gays to marry, next it will be polygamy and pedophilia. The article points out that now 6-7-year-olds can choose their gender, why not allow them to use their newfound gender for sex? How could … Continue reading

Bill Gothard’s Double Standards

Recovering Grace is a website which hosts discussions of the teachings of Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Life Principles. They do this in an effort to help those who have been hurt by Gothard’s legalistic and authoritarian teachings. On February 19, 2016, Recovering Grace was forwarded a letter which had been sent to an attorney representing a number of individuals who have filed suit against Bill Gothard and the Institute. This letter was … Continue reading

WWMD (What Would Muhammad Do?)

The first time I met and spent any real time talking with a Muslim was in 1993. I was at the centennial celebration of The Parliament of the World’s Religions . Joy and I were two of about a dozen evangelicals at the event which had somewhere around 6,000 participants from nearly every imaginable (and some unimaginable) religious group, from well established world religions to cults. Sometimes it was fun to just stand by and … Continue reading

Bill Gothard; Déjà vu All Over Again

Yogi Berra is known for what are called Yogiisms which make me smile. One of his observations on baseball was “Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.” Another is “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t go to yours.” One of my all-time favorites though has to be “Its Déjà vu all over again.” Watching Bill Gothard’s repeat performance of non-repenting repentance is a case of having Déjà vu all over … Continue reading

Bill Gothard: Who knew what and when? A question of accountability

Harroll Ingram, Computer Engineer for the Federal Government, begins his article on leadership Honest, Open, and Ethical Leadership Nurtures Organizational Morale : Leadership is the art of motivating people to achieve a common goal. Effective leadership requires honesty (truthfulness) which fosters trust. Past research supports the idea that people want to follow honest leaders. Several studies listed numerous leadership traits and asked over 75,000 respondents to select the traits they mostly admired in their leaders. … Continue reading