Bill Gothard Responds To Allegations

The group Recovering Grace remains skeptical, calling the former ministry leader’s statement ‘incomplete’

Recovering Grace issued its own statement today, saying that despite “several positive aspects” found in Gothard’s statement, it nonetheless leaves the group “troubled.” The group said it “concluded that Gothard’s statement, as it stands, is incomplete.” The group singled out Gothard’s assertion that he did not touch a girl “immorally or with sexual intent.”  ... Continue Reading

Michael Bloomberg: “I’ve Earned My Place in Heaven”

Many people believe that if their good works outweigh their bad works, then they will have eternal life.

The New York Times reports: But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you... Continue Reading

Legal Complaint Filed in Vision Forum Case

The possibility of a messy trial brings important reminders about Christian clarity

The complaint filed yesterday alleges Phillips committed “inappropriate, unwanted, and immoral sexual acts” against Torres-Manteufel. The complaint graphically alleges sexual incidents, but not sexual intercourse, and it doesn’t allege sexual contact when Torres-Manteufel was a minor.   In the April 5 issue of WORLD, we reported on the closing of Vision Forum Ministries (VFM), and the fall of... Continue Reading

Born to Neglect, Raised to Hope

Neglect in the Chinese orphanage left the then 2½-year-old unable to eat solids, sleep through the night, or trust her new parents, hence the challenge to raise her in a new home

In his book No Little People, Francis Schaeffer wrote that “in God’s sight there are no little people and no little places. Only one thing is important: to be consecrated persons in God’s place for us, at each moment.” For four years during the 1990s WORLD annually ran a set of features with specific examples of Christians who were... Continue Reading

Forgiveness Incarnate

On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness; Christ is forgiveness incarnate

The chasm, however, is only unspannable in human terms. As Trollope again writes, “Have you no trust in God’s providence? Cannot you accept what has been done for you?” Father, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12). But Father, please don’t stop there. My forgiving of my debtors is... Continue Reading

Separation Of Church And Football?

Dabo Swinney has coached the Clemson Tigers since 2008, when he told reporters his secret to success was to “put your eyes on the Lord in everything you do.”

“FRFF complains that the team attended a Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) breakfast where three players spoke, Swinney organized privately funded buses to take the team to church, and the coach scheduled team devotionals. In 2012, Swinney facilitated a baptism during practice for former wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The foundation demands Clemson terminate its relationship... Continue Reading

A Bubba With a Passion for the Gospel and Golf

Watson's top priorities: "Christian. Husband. Daddy. Pro Golfer."

Why It Matters: Christians have always been involved in professional sports, so why is the faith of superstars like Watson suddenly worthy of the public’s attention? Because athletes like Watson show that it’s still possible for athletes to be open and unapologetic about their willingness to share the Gospel. The Story: On Sunday Bubba Watson, one of... Continue Reading

Growing Up Gothard

What happens when we invest our trust in the effectiveness of a system rather than the grace of God

We must first recognize that these man-made systems hold no promise. No political, economic, social, or educational system can guarantee the spiritual results sought. Any faith placed in a system is misplaced. The answer is not a system, but a Savior. A Savior who promises his grace will be sufficient, who promises to complete the... Continue Reading

Update: I Will Praise You In This Storm — Mom Has Baby Boy A Week After Tornado Destroys Home

A week ago around 4:00 a tornado 200-300 yards wide tore down Beech Ridge Road in Beaufort County, North Carolina

About half way to the ditch Carla felt the wind pick up and said she realized they wouldn’t make it. She lay down and covered Hannah as the tornado swept over. Carla tries to describe what happened during the next few seconds but says she doesn’t entirely know. What she does know is that she... Continue Reading

The False Teachers: Marcus Borg

The life and legacy of a man who assumed and further developed theological Liberalism

“In 1985 Robert Funk founded the Jesus Seminar, a group of 150 critical scholars who were tasked with re-examining the traditions surrounding the historicity of Jesus, and in particular, his deeds and his sayings. Among these scholars was Marcus Borg. The scholars employed social anthropology, history and textual analysis to attempt to reconstruct Jesus’ life... Continue Reading