The Duggar’s ‘Counting On’ Television Show Premieres Tomorrow

As you can tell I've been putting off posting about the Duggars some weeks now. There's been a lot about them in the news lately but most of it is either speculation or idle manufactured gossip to promote the new series of Duggar family specials on TLC. Yes, TLC is going ahead with 'Counting On' and they've released an entire series of sneak peek videos promoting the show. … [Read more...]

Part 13 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideNow that RU: Schools of Discipleship has collected enough personal and legal information to steal your identity or mess with your life, they move on to collecting health information.If RU was an employer, they would be allowed to ask if you can perform the job you are applying for.If RU was a medical facility, they would ask detailed questions about your health after accepting you as a patient. … [Read more...]

Part 12 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideWe've moved on to the Complete Application portion of RU Homes.  So far, you've coughed up enough information for your identity to be stolen (name, address, birth date, SSN), and plenty of information that could be used to steal passwords and/or use as emotional manipulation (current and previous marriages, children's name, age and marital status.)As previously, red/orange marks are for information that has potential to be misused while blue is something I find funny or ironic. … [Read more...]

Part 11 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideAccording to the application process on RU: Schools of Discipleship website, you need to read the handbook, fill out an application, then fill out a supporter agreement.  Once you've completed all of that, you send all of the information in and RU calls you to discuss going to the school.My main concern with the application is that it asks for information that is far too sensitive and/or can be used for identity theft long before accepting you into the program.  There is no statement - anywhere - about how they handle the data before, during, or after the program or what they do with the information of people who are r … [Read more...]

Part 10 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide This is the last post from the handbook! … [Read more...]

Part 9 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from  her blog When Cows and Kids CollideI think I can get through the rest of the handbook in two posts.  Today's theme: clothing and cleanliness.  You may be confused - didn't we cover clothing requirements before?  Yes, in Part Six … [Read more...]

Part 8 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideWe're into page 7 of 10 in the RU: Schools of Disciples Handbook.  Today's theme: conduct, conduct and more conduct - and the Bible verses that don't really support them.First up: how to behave during educational components. … [Read more...]

Part 7 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids CollideWe've made it to page 6 of 10 in the Handbook for RU: School of Discipleship.The next section covers "Care Packages".  Since RU doesn't provide any clothing, bedding or personal hygiene materials for the six months the students are in the program, a more honest term would be "Resupply Packages". … [Read more...]

Part 6 RU: Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows and Kids Collide This next section of the handbook covers what people need to bring with them for their 6 month stay at the RU School of Discipleship. … [Read more...]

Part 5 RU:Labor Exploitation For Jesus

by Mel cross posted from her blog When Cows & Kids CollideWe're working our way through the Handbook for RU ministries.Page Four outlines the weekly schedule for inmates disciples.  Since these are people who are dealing with legitimate mental illnesses like alcohol and drug addiction or anorexia, medical treatment programs would include group therapy, individual therapy, classes to learn about coping mechanisms and plenty of time for rest.  The rest time is as important as the other parts because when someone's brain is injured, the brain's way of recovering is through sleep. … [Read more...]


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