Archive for the ‘misery’ Category
The revelations keep coming about imploding Mars Hill church, which this week announced that it was laying off staff and closing branches in the wake of numerous allegations of financial impropriety, porn-laced misogyny and abuse of power. Today, one of the most dogged bloggers following the saga, Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania, published a 2012 memo purporetedly written by Mars Hill Executive Pastor Sutton Turner.
“It’s really incredible,” Throckmorton says of thememo, talking by phone today. Leaked to him by an insider, the memo reveals that as far back as two years ago Turner was warning elders about a financial crisis brought on by a culture of “entitlement,” “poor stewardship” and questionable ethics.
Sutton calls out dubious behavior on the part of church staffers. Some used the church credit card to “treat their wives to spa appointments,” or attended to their own personal ministries and consulting businesses on church time. This was not a secret, he wrote. When he came to Mars Hill 10 months prior, “the finance team kept a spreadsheet call ‘questionable expenses.’ So whether top leaders did not want to know or were complicit in their action is debatable.”
The church also routinely engaged in what Sutton called a “Hail Mary” strategy. Every December, the church would undergo an extra giving push. Members were told that the church needed additional funds for new branches or special projects. “But given our spending habits, their gifts just help us catch up,” he wrote.
Etc. By the way, the reason I call it a cult is because organizationally it is cult-ish. And in terms of its leadership, it is definitely cult-ish. This does not mean that there are no Christians there. But it does mean that they have been duped and misled and for their own spiritual well being need to get OUT and begin attending a Church where Christ is Lord and not the Mickey Mouse Tee Shirt Wearing ‘Senior Pastor’.
Mars Hill keeps secrets, closes books, hides things, makes members and leaders sign non-disclosure pacts, and all the trappings of a secretive cult trying its best to make sure people don’t know what’s really going on there. Everything @PastorMark does is suspect and suspicious. Christians, flee.
Hollywood has gone insane. It sees $$$$ in the ‘Christian’ market so it’s pimping the Bible for all they can squeeze out of it… gag. Dear Lord, make it stop.
Via David Congdon.
A nine-year-old girl has accidentally shot dead a shooting instructor who was teaching her how to use a powerful Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca was showing the unnamed youngster how to fire the weapon at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in the Mohave Desert in White Hills, Arizona, when the gun recoiled as she pulled the trigger.
Last stop indeed… oh America, what 9 year old needs to know how to shoot an Uzi?? Why? Gun safety?!?!?!
In a statement, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office said the 39-year-old was hit in the head by a stray bullet as the Israeli-made Uzi kicked back. He was airlifted to the University Medical Centre in Las Vegas, where he was later pronounced dead. A video released by the police showed the slender girl with a ponytail and wearing pink shorts being instructed in how to aim the gun by Vacca.
And then the famous last words of any gun instructor-
His final words, captured on video, were: “All right, full auto.”
Why? Why was she at the range?
The nine-year-old had been at the range with her parents – the family were on holiday in the area.
What??????? Who takes their 9 year old to a gun range on vacation?? And why would any gun range allow kids to fire high powered weapons?
Sam Scarmardo, the manager of the Last Stop range, told NBC News that “the establish[ed] practice at most shooting ranges is eight-years-old and up with parental supervision.”
Well that has stupidity written all over it. Come on America, you can be smarter, better, wiser.
Finally, the Whitehouse gets some sense- and courage.
The White House has instructed the Pentagon and the U.S. military to put on hold a transfer of Hellfire missiles that Israel had requested during its recent operation in the Gaza Strip, the Wall Street Journal reports.
According to the report, during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, White House officials were dismayed to discover how little influence they wield over the topic of Israeli arms shipments, against the backdrop of the U.S. government’s unhappiness with the widespread damage inflicted upon Palestinian civilians.
During the Gaza war, the report said, White House officials came to realize that large amounts of weaponry are being passed to Israel via direct channels to the White House, with little oversight by the political arena.
In light of that, and against the backdrop of American displeasure over IDF tactics used in the Gaza fighting and the high number of civilian casualties caused by Israel’s massive use of artillery fire rather than more precise weapons, officials in the White House and the State Department are now demanding to review every Israeli request for American arms individually, rather than let them move relatively unchecked through a direct military-to-military channel, a fact that slows down the process.
How on earth was this trade in arms not supervised by the executive branch in the first place? Who runs the military, some south american Junta? No one anywhere should get a single bullet without direct approval from the Commander in Chief.
This country… the things it does grow more frustrating every day.
America is getting sicker by the day. The government spies on citizens for no reason and the police kill teens and arrest people who cuss dogs.
As if more evidence cops consider themselves, and are considered (by some civilians and the political class) as above the law that applies to people like you and me. Rarely are cops who kill dogs (or unfortunately people, for that matter) charged with any crime.
There’s something foul afoot. Something very foul.
A couple ‘taking a selfie’ on the edge of a cliff died when they fell hundreds of feet while their young children watched. The Polish couple died after falling from the rocky edge in Cabo da Roca, west Portugal. Their children, ages 5 and 6, were turned over to Polish diplomats and are undergoing psychiatric care. The parents may have crossed a safety barrier in order to reach the cliff edge, the Daily Mail reported.
Barriers are there for a reason.