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A Look at Family Relationships

7 September 2011, 06:30

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An idea came to mind as I read posts on here about the difficulty of interacting with parents, and of spouses having to help unpack the past. My wife and I did an intimacy study, and one of the steps that many couples had difficulty with was the tension created when we mapped out our […]

The Prayer Closet: An Introduction

6 September 2011, 06:15

RyanR

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Prayer closet.  Few words from my time in the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) cause me to shudder the way those do.  I was on staff at the Indianapolis Training Center (ITC) in 1994 when the prayer closet was instituted.  For the uninitiated, ITC was housed in an old 13-story hotel, just north of downtown Indianapolis. […]

My Journey: Legalism, Atheism, and Finally Freedom

5 September 2011, 06:00

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As a teenager in the 1960s, living near Atlanta, Georgia, I often wondered about God and heaven and hoped I had been good enough to get in. Being a normal male who enjoyed life, I wasn’t so sure. My grandparents took me to church, but that stopped when I was 13. During my junior year […]

Who Is God to You? (Part 1 of 2)

3 September 2011, 00:01

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Former ATI Students answer, “Who Is God to You?” (part 1 of 2) Recently, as I pick up my Bible, or just turn my thoughts toward God in a casual prayer, the questions “Who are you God?” and “What are you all about?” come to mind. Almost immediately, I feel the question “who am I […]

Honor vs. Obey

2 September 2011, 06:00

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If you asked people familiar with Dr. Bill Gothard (those who favor him or otherwise) what his main distinctive teaching is, many would say “authority.” And indeed, besides the topic of grace, authority is probably the most defining aspect of ATI/IBLP and Bill Gothard’s teaching. This is an immense topic. No doubt RecoveringGrace.com will have […]

Longing

31 August 2011, 06:30

MicahK

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I’m afraid that most of my life I’ve carried the belief that resolving life’s circumstances was the way life ultimately was supposed to be lived out. The logical conclusion of this was that seeking to resolve life’s desires, either in a particular course of action or inaction, seemed a good goal. The Christian version of […]

Disillusioned, Not Equipped, part 1

30 August 2011, 06:15

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photo courtesy of Ophelia Cherry

I was excited. Through the EQUIP program of the Advanced Training Institute (ATI), I was going to be used by God to reach one of the juvenile delinquent young women for Christ and help her improve her life. It would be someone who did not have the benefit of godly parents, as I did. Someone […]

Created to Worship

29 August 2011, 06:00

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My family joined the Advanced Training Institute (ATI) when I was four years old. We were one of the first year “pilot” families. We attended the Basic and Advanced Seminars as we had time, or when they were close. We were consistently involved in the homeschooling program, as well as Character First!, TELOS, and other […]

Grace and Culture

27 August 2011, 06:00

Beth C

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I have recently made a number of new friends who, like me, grew up in the Advanced Training Institute (ATI). The discussions that have ensued have given me much to think about and shown me glaring truths about my past that I had never before been able to see. The logical fallacies quite apparent in […]

Off Beat: Is Rock Music Inherently Evil?

26 August 2011, 06:00

Timothy Estabrooks

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In the grand scheme of things, the issue of “rock music” may not seem very important. Of all the many errors in Bill Gothard’s teachings, his misleading teaching on music initially seems much less damaging than some of his more glaring theological mistakes. Yet while it is true that music by itself is not of […]