At my former church Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley the pastors/elders defended child pornography and said there was “nothing wrong with it” in a meeting with me and they defended child sex abusers. The GBF pastors/elders invited a Megan’s List sex offender/child pornographer to volunteer at the 5-day basketball camp for children and told no one! The GBF pastors/elders advertise the basketball camp at church and in local newspapers. Trusting parents turned over the children to GBF and weren’t told that a Megan’s List sex offender could show up at any time because the GBFSV ‘pastors/elders’ said he was ‘harmless’! There is something seriously wrong with Grace Bible Fellowship of Silicon Valley’s pastors/elders and culture. The California Attorney General’s Office called the GBFSV pastors/elders’ (Cliff McManis, Bob Douglas, Sam Kim and Tim Wong) story to me that a Megan’s List sex offender/child pornographer was “coming off Megan’s List” because “he said so” a story that was “all lies” and “total lies”.
A good, short video by retired prosecutor/F.B.I. criminal profiler Jim Clemente, who works on the show “Criminal Minds”, about how child sexual predators work. – by Velour
Three years ago I made my first trip to SLO. During this trip I threw up my final Hail Mary to save my marriage…I just had to be positive, but different from the positive I’d been the previous 20 years. Yeah, that was it. So I bought my domain name and tried really hard to […]
via Thought after SLO — The View from the Other Side
One does not need to be a Christian to oppose suicide. People of all religions and none view suicide as a tragedy.
via Depression is Not a Culture War Battle — Warren Throckmorton
Here in Australia we’ve been discussing the connection between “male headship” and domestic violence. This discussion has been spearheaded by journalist Julia Baird. There have been articles and blog posts on websites, plus reports, panel discussions and interviews on television. My favourite part of this discussion so far has been last night’s episode on ABC’s…
via A more beautiful picture than male headship and female submission — Marg Mowczko
Something about this saying, which I saw Facebook, really spoke to me… After my ex walked out eight years ago I started finding myself. And no, I don’t mean in some weird spiritual sense where I traveled the world trying to figure out who I am…makes me think of the movie, Eat, Pray, Love with […]
via The true me — Life Inspired Thoughts
[This first appeared two years ago as a guest post I wrote for Jennifer Neyhart’s blog.] Is it cliché to say that C.S. Lewis had a formative influence on my understanding of what it means to belong to Jesus? Not that it matters if it is cliché. It’s true. An Atheist Reads a Devil’s Letters The […]
via A Senior Devil, Mere Faith, and Beginning My Life in Christ — Tim’s Blog – Just One Train Wreck After Another
There is a public health epidemic in the United States of alcoholism and drug addiction, including in the Christian church among clergy and the people in the pews. There has been a significant increase in women alcoholics, including among older Christian women in Christian churches. Many of our churches and Christians still lack the knowledge to discuss this epidemic and to offer proper support.
“According to the U.S. Surgeon General, Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders.
‘Alcohol and drug addiction take an enormous toll on individuals, families, and communities,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. ‘Most Americans know someone who has been touched by an alcohol or a drug use disorder. Yet 90 percent of people with a substance use disorder are not getting treatment. That has to change.’
U.S. Surgeon General’s first-ever report on addiction in the United States: https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/
Former pastor Matt Bays, a recovering alcoholic, has powerful words about this secret that is rarely talked about in our churches. Help is needed for those addicted and their families.
Matt has a great blog http://mattbayswriter.com/ Matt Bays also has a great book called Finding God in the Ruins about his journey.