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In Search of Peace

2 April 2015, 06:00

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One of my earliest memories was walking down the hall from my Sunday school class to the sanctuary, pondering in perfect happiness the most important thing I knew: Jesus loved me, and his Father, God, loved me. They loved me even more than my Mommy and Daddy loved me. And that’s how much I loved […]

Christmas Thoughts – Part 2

25 December 2014, 11:16

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Continued from Christmas Thoughts – Part 1: John continues his excitement after remarking that John the Baptist was a witness of Jesus. He states: Once again John stretches the mind of those with ears to hear and eyes to see. Notice his expression: “…from his (Jesus) fullness we have all received, grace upon grace…” In […]

Christmas Thoughts – Part 1

23 December 2014, 09:00

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Most articles about Christmas begin with one of the Birth Narratives (Matthew 1-2 or Luke 2) or a combination thereof. That is of course a perfectly valid way to tell the Christmas story, in fact some might argue that it is the only ‘proper’ way to do so, something like the old TV series Dragnet, […]

Bill Gothard’s Basic Conflict in Eternity (magazine)

15 May 2014, 07:05

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Joseph Bayly

  Basic Conflicts: An open letter to Bill Gothard by Joseph Bayly ETERNITY, June 1977 Mr. William Gothard Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts 45055 North Adams Hinsdale, Illinois 60521 Dear Bill Gothard: God has given you great opportunities and responsibilities in recent years, and I, along with most evangelical Christians, am thankful for your ministry. Many […]

Early Warnings of a False Authority

13 May 2014, 06:00

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In the 1970s, supporters and critics alike recognized that Bill Gothard and his Institute in Basic Youth Conflicts (IBYC) were a phenomenon. God can use anyone or anything to bring people to himself, but are paying crowds proof of a teacher’s righteousness? It seems too few of our church watchmen wrote about—or truly studied—Gothard’s teachings. […]

The Detour

16 January 2014, 06:00

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The Detour by Michelle Kohler I took a detour to myself, To my fears and doubts in my mind; To my feelings of hopelessness and hurt Of pain and confusion and shame. I took a detour to the self That yells and screams for his own way, That feeds on being right Sobbing at the […]

Hiding

5 November 2013, 06:00

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The world sees narcissists as loud and seeking attention, at least the ones we call “overt.” For the most part that’s true, but those who know even the overt narcissists also know that there is much that the world does not see. In fact, there is much no one sees. Some of the narcissists I […]

Too Good to be True

16 September 2013, 06:00

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Grace 101 Let’s face it.  If we are pointing out enemies of grace, particularly those areas where the path is hard from years of tradition and wrong thinking, we don’t have to go any farther than our own minds.  I define the flesh as the system we developed to handle life.  Perhaps we could broaden […]

There You Go Again—An Open Letter to Bill Gothard (1997)

5 September 2013, 06:00

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There You Go Again1 BILL GOTHARD AND “THE FACTS” An Open Letter by Ronald B. Allen, Th.D. 7 November 1997 An on-again/off-again interaction-through-intermediaries between Bill Gothard and me seems to be on-again. The newest provocation was the publication last month of the first in a series of four articles critical of the Gothard ministry. The article […]

Finding the Real Me

8 July 2013, 06:00

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Why do I feel so lost? I realized recently that I’m seeking something. It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what. But I think I know now. I’m searching for me. For the real me. It’s hard to put it into words. I mean, my life looks so good on the outside. I changed […]