Anonymous Tip: Who’s in the Driver’s Seat?

A Review Series of Anonymous Tip, by Michael FarrisPp. 292-295As you may remember, Peter amended his complaint to include ir tampering charges, and then Gail write a reply brief. Peter is now writing a reply brief of his own, presumably to that reply brief, and spends three or four hours every evening for a week doing so. On Friday, Sally and Jo went over it, and that afternoon Peter made his final revisions. Farris tells us that "It was twenty-nine pages---just one page under the limit … [Read more...]


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Promises of Change Are Not Evidence of Change: On ABWE, the Pii Report, and Christianity Today

This past weekend Christianity Today published an article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra titled Missionary Donn Ketcham Abused 18 Children. Here’s Why He Wasn’t Stopped. This article was written in response the release of a report created by Professional Investigators International (Pii) on their investigation of the sexual abuse allegations that had dogged the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE) since the early 2000s. If you're a longtime reader, this will sound familiar. If you're not … [Read more...]


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Josh Harris Apologizes

Last year Joshua Harris announced that he was leaving the ministry and going to seminary. He spoke of his life as being lived backwards, and his words resonated with me and with others who grew up in the Christian homeschool movement. Josh published his career-making book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, in 1997, when he was only 21. His book had a huge impact on not only the Christian homeschool movement but also evangelicalism more broadly, and frankly, messed a lot of things up for a lot of us g … [Read more...]


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Bill Gothard and the Dynamics of Abuse

Yesterday I found out that a Catholic priest who was accused of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl decades ago has been made director of a teen pregnancy center. This made me think about all of the ways abusers within the church gain renewed access to positions of power (I'm sure it happens outside of the church as well, but this is the area I'm most familiar with). Curious, I looked up Bill Gothard to double check precisely what he's doing today. I arrived at www.billgothard.com. The website is … [Read more...]


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Christianity Today Just Gave a Mouthpiece to an Alleged Abuser

Last fall, Naghmeh Abedini suspended her activism for the release of her husband Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran, to take some personal time. In a a pair of emails to her supporters, she spoke for the first time of suffering years of physical and emotional abuse at Saeed's hands. These emails were made public in Christianity Today, a leading evangelical publication. When Saeed was released from prison in January, Naghmeh was guarded but held out hope that Saeed might have cha … [Read more...]


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I Have a Patreon!

Hey guys! I've had a tip jar for a while now (see the sidebar), but I've just created a Patreon page as well. Many of you are probably familiar with Patreon, which allows writers, gamers, artists, and others to advertise their work and find supporters and backers. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform that asks people to become "patrons" of creators whose work they enjoy, pledging to donate a specified amount per month.I don't have tangible aw … [Read more...]


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Oregon Refuge Children Hid the Guns before Running

Have a look at the beginning of this article, from last week: Last Friday, as soon as their mother climbed in the shower, five Sharp children bolted down the driveway of their Auburn, Kan., home.Before they left, according to testimony in a Wednesday hearing, they took the guns out of a cubbyhole in the house and stashed them at the end of the drive. Then they got a ride from a neighbor to the Shawnee County sheriff’s office in Topeka.And on Wednesday — three months after making head … [Read more...]


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