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My Heart’s Cry ~ Part One

24 October 2011, 06:00



I was born into a family with parents who sought to please and honor God. When I was 3 months old we were on the mission field! Love for people has always been a particular characteristic of my family. I can’t think of a time when my family was not involved in some kind of […]

Breeding Relational Immaturity

18 October 2011, 06:00



It is no secret that Bill Gothard and the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) have a bizarre outlook on male/female relationships. In a world where falling in love means losing a piece of your heart forever, relationships are a spiritual distraction, and in a place where marriage is a last resort, it is no […]

A Jonah Tale

11 October 2011, 06:05



In the latter part of the 1990s, I spent the better part of two years working at the Oklahoma City Training Center (OTC). I worked primarily with Character First! Education (CFE), specifically going into the local schools and teaching the curriculum to mostly low-income children. While I now see some of the flawed philosophy behind […]

No Fun Allowed

8 October 2011, 01:00



I have a really hard time having fun.  I’m not talking about mischief–just plain fun.  Relaxing or playing games is difficult for me.  I’m much more comfortable working hard until I collapse into bed at night. I remember listening to Mr. Gothard one time in a session in Knoxville.  He was sharing a story that […]

A Christian “Utopia”?

24 September 2011, 06:00



I have a vivid memory of a certain walk I took near the end of my four-year stay at the Institute in Basic Life Principles (IBLP) Headquarters campus. I was walking up the sidewalk, taking in the fresh air, and the most revolutionary thought crossed my mind: IBLP is just a small corner of the […]