Things I Think
1. According to this report and the “Free Tom Randall” Facebook page, Randall has been released without charges in the Philippine child abuse situation we wrote about earlier. It appears at this writing that the administrators who were charged with the actual physical abuse are still in custody. The fact that they have not been released (along with the evidence I personally reviewed) indicates to me that this story isn’t over yet.
2. The most inane things written after the Super Bowl concerned the “legacy” of Peyton Manning. Manning will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of this generation. One man does not make a team…even if he is so excellent that he makes his whole team better than they really should be. This truth applies to all endeavors that require a “team”…
3. One of the most grating traits of human nature is the need to find someone to blame for a negative situation instead of focusing on positive solutions for said situation.
4. My heretical thought for the day…I’m more and more convinced that the beloved prayer writings of George Muller were not only exaggerated, but that they set an expectation of God for those who read them that has caused untold damage and disappointment to those fed by them. What I mean by “exaggeration” is “mostly fiction”.
5. The Scriptures have been used and abused by people to justify their evil actions for centuries. This is not the fault of the Scriptures…it is solely the fault of those who have misused them. These days people are spending a lot of time attacking the Scriptures themselves instead of the people and ideas that distort them… that’s a “win win” for hell.
6. We had to travel to Portland for T’s taekwando tournament and killed some time in the mall where people were spending tens of thousands of dollars on Seahawks gear.The passion was amazing…and I can’t think of anything else that engenders that sort of regional and national emotion. Now, I’m a big sports fan…but I can’t help but think that there would be much better things to spend that kind of money and energy on.
7. I would like to ask the Gospel Coalition why they publish articles on holiness and repentance while also linking to Mark Driscolls work. That is hypocrisy as it promotes sin in leadership while condemning it in the pews. That hypocrisy is what is destroying the church in this country…
8. There are few joys in life greater than hearing other people cheer for your child…
9. After ten years of blogging on church abuse issues, I still find that the biggest challenge is convincing some people that there’s a problem at all…
10. The following and associated links contain ‘triggers”…which evidently means that some people could be negatively impacted by reading it.
There was a huge blow up at the Golden Globe Awards when they gave an award to Woody Allen.
He has been accused publicly of child abuse by his daughter and she and some other family members took to social media to remind the world of that, including this open letter in the New York Times.
Allen was vilified by a lot of media after that.
In the wake of that, this story came out that casts plausible doubt on the accusations.
The names in this case are famous, but this situation of conflicting stories is all too common.
How do we…especially in the church…parse such conflicting stories to find justice and truth?