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The Umbrella of Oppression

9 May 2014, 06:00

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“For protection, for provision, for the things I need…” are the words to a song that I taught children 15 years ago about the “Umbrella of Protection.” The umbrella was over the dad, and if the dad was right with God, then there were no holes in the umbrella. If the mom was under the […]

It’s All In Your Head!

4 February 2013, 06:04

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Bill Gothard teaches many things that are erroneous. Even dedicated followers admit the need to pick and choose. This story outlines only a few of them in relation to what I experienced starting in 1992. Bill’s teaching on mental illness is that it is caused by irresponsibility or a character deficiency. I disagree. I was […]

Peering Underneath the Umbrella: Musings on Gothardism

3 December 2012, 06:00

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In recent days, I’ve been reading a bit about Gothardism on various websites, and it has brought back a lot of memories. Growing up, my family never went hardcore into the ATI (Advanced Training Institute) program, and we would still be considered on the outer fringes by the inner circle members. We were actually very “worldly” […]

Once a Child Always a Child???

31 October 2011, 06:00

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When I was 15, a lifelong dream was fulfilled–I finally got to go to a Bill Gothard seminar.  My parents had been going annually for years and I was ecstatic that I was old enough to attend.  When my parents first went, they were astonished at the practical nature of Gothard’s teachings.  He had a […]