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Articles about how Bill Gothard mishandles the Bible to support his legalistic viewpoint.

Articles about how Bill Gothard mishandles the Bible to support his legalistic viewpoint.

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Living and thriving through the grace of God.

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Stories and accounts of the destruction caused by the teachings of Bill Gothard.

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Dr. Earl Radmacher, 1931-2014

17 December 2014, 17:53

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Image via Grant Hawley's tribute to Dr. Radmacher at boldgrace.orgDr. Earl Radmacher Image via Grant Hawley's tribute to Dr. Radmacher at boldgrace.org

Dr. Earl Radmacher, writer, speaker, and longtime faculty member and president of Western Seminary, has passed away. Recovering Grace readers will remember Dr. Radmacher as a determined proponent of investigation and genuine restoration in the wake of the 1980 Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts (IBYC) scandal, and of dialogue between Bill Gothard and theologians concerning […]

The Package: History of Attempts to Confront Bill Gothard

12 December 2014, 08:00

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  Click here to view the original outline of the tabbed and indexed materials included in the package, titled “Request by Bill Gothard for Truth and Reconciliation, 2013-2014.” The charges levelled against Bill Gothard in “the package,” along with supporting evidence, testimonies, and documentation, have been presented to Bill Gothard at least four times: 1. […]

IBYC Scandal in the News — 1980-1982

10 December 2014, 08:00

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  1. Brief news clip in Eternity regarding IBYC resignations (July-August 1980) 2. The Bill Gothard Tragedy (Plains Baptist Challenger, August 1980) 3. Bill Gothard Steps Down During Institute Shakeup (Christianity Today, 8/8/80) 4. Evangelicals Feel Strain as Churches Adjust to Marriage Failures (Los Angeles Times, 8/16/80) 5. Shaking the Gothard Chain (Eternity, September 1980) […]

Giving Thanks

27 November 2014, 10:32

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Thanksgiving and distress—these two experiences make an odd couple. If you are in distress, giving thanks might seem like adding soap bubbles instead of milk to a pumpkin spice latte: frothy, unhelpful, and leaves a bad taste. On the other hand, if you are in the mood to give thanks, being reminded of distress may […]

The Difference Between Horizontal and Vertical: Fifty Years of Yielding Rights and Not Taking Up Offenses

18 November 2014, 09:00

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Rebecca Davis of Here’s the Joy has written about the IBLP Basic Seminar’s teachings on “taking up an offense” and “yielding rights,” the way these concepts have permeated both her own experience and broader American Evangelical culture, and the teachings’ practical effects in culture. Links to and excerpts from Davis’s posts follow below. Taking Up […]

You Cannot Pay With Words

12 November 2014, 09:00

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My story is about a leader maintaining a double life for decades and then demanding to pay for his deeds with words and tears. He is outwardly sorrowful that his words and favor are no longer valid currency. My parents were regional and state leaders in the homeschooling movement for years before we joined the […]

Confident Statements Do Not a Solid Argument Make

6 November 2014, 09:00

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A former Advanced Training Institute (ATI) student and Life Focus veteran has tackled both the form and the substance of the IBLP booklet What the Bible Has to Say About “Contemporary Christian” Music: Ten Scriptural Reasons Why the “Rock Beat” is Evil in Any Form at his blog, Throwing Out The Bath Water. “Is there a […]

ATI Failed Me

4 November 2014, 06:00

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Life was normal before ATI. Better than normal, in fact. I was homeschooled, sure, and there was some resulting friction with extended family who didn’t agree with that choice, but for the most part my childhood was happy. I had friends in the neighborhood, made forts in the woods, rode bikes, sledded, skated, played with […]

No Grace without Jesus

30 October 2014, 11:57

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There’s a new move away from the church these days. If that’s all it was, I wouldn’t be concerned. The church needs to get its act together in so many ways. We went from stuck in the past to stuck in the market. But I think that will happen over time. I think the church […]

When We Throw Stones

27 October 2014, 12:01

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“Let him who is without sin throw the first stone.” That’s what they say, when religious leaders are questioned about their abusive and manipulative actions. “We all make mistakes. Nobody’s perfect. You wouldn’t want somebody airing all your dirty laundry, would you?” As if building an multi-million-dollar “ministry” or “church” on the backs of vulnerable followers […]