Daily Archives: 13 May 2019

He’s White, so Of Course His Sentence is Light

Satan eating pedophile pastor.

A former pastor convicted of repeatedly raping his adopted teenage daughter was handed an effective sentence of 12 years in prison Thursday by a Knox County judge, who weighed the severity of the crimes against an outpouring of support for the man from friends and family in court. David Lynn Richards Jr. continued to maintain his innocence, as he had throughout his trial, while asking for leniency from Knox County Criminal Court Judge Steve Sword.

The Knoxville News Sentinel typically does not identify victims in sexual abuse cases, but  Amber Richards chose to speak publicly after the February verdicts. She sat on the opposite side of the courtroom Thursday, joined by a half-dozen others, including her biological parents, who she has reconnected with in recent years. David Richards took the stand in his own defense, painting his accuser as a defiant teenager who first made her allegations of sexual abuse amid his attempts to impose strict rules for his children.

Forensic testing, however, uncovered the presence of seminal fluid with a DNA profile matching that of David Richards on the girl’s bed frame. A Knox County jury found Richards guilty on nine felony counts, including rape, incest and sexual battery by an authority figure following three days of testimony in February. Sword had wide latitude in his sentencing decision — most of the charges Richards was convicted of, including rape, are punishable by probation alone under state law. Only the charge of sexual battery by an authority figure requires a minimum of three years’ mandatory incarceration.

“I stand before you convicted of crimes I did not commit,” said David Richards, 41. “I simply believe the system just erred in this case.  I’m not sure why I’m here. … but I assume it’s for His purpose.”

The judge acknowledged Richards’ longtime ministry — he began a Bible study among his fellow inmates while jailed at the Knox County Detention Facility — and the support he still receives as mitigating factors. More than 30 people sat on the defendant’s side of the courtroom in a show of support, including David Thompson, who shared ministry duties with Richards at My Father’s House Church of God in Lenoir City.

“I find it impossible for me to believe he’s guilty of this,” said Thompson, who echoed the call for leniency. “His business needs him. His family needs him. Our church needs him.” Sword, though, noted the time frame of the abuse, which began when Amber Richards was 14 and continued for nearly two years before she reported it to authorities, as well as David Richards’ abuse of his position of trust as the girl’s sole guardian. David Richards was joined Thursday by a new attorney, Stephen Ross Johnson, who signaled his intention to seek a new trial.

He is a serial rapist and pedophile.  He should be spending the rest of his life in jail.  The rest of his life without the possibility of parole.  But because he’s white, his sentence is light.

Quote of the Day

“”And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write,`These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. “Because you say,`I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’– and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked– “I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. (Rev. 3:14-19)”

An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge

This short book, written as a companion to The Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge, provides crucial information about the Tyndale House Edition in particular and the Greek New Testament in general.

Dirk Jongkind, one of the principal scholars behind this groundbreaking project, answers critical questions for understanding the biblical text so that you can have clarity and confidence as you engage with the New Testament in the original Greek.

Luther’s Being All Warm And Fuzzy and Tolerant and Welcoming Again…

You think like this, “As I am a crude ass, and do not read the books, so there is no one in the world who reads them; rather, when I let my braying heehaw, heehaw resound, or even let out a donkey’s fart, then everyone will have to consider it pure truth.” — Luther

That applies to so many people it’s impossible to narrow it down to just one or twenty.

The Anniversary of my Licensing

In Baptist churches many congregations participate in something we call ‘licensing to preach’.  This happens when someone ‘surrenders to preach’ and is recognized by the congregation as having done so.  It is something akin to an engagement, in that you’ve ‘promised’ to enter ministry though you have not yet been ‘ordained’ for it.

I was licensed on the 13th of May, 1981.  That was 38 years ago.  I have been preaching for 38 years.  That’s well over 11 times longer than Jesus did…

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  • Most Church people are kind, helpful, and willing to serve
  • Some Church people are hurtful, selfish, and willing only to be served
  • It will take at least 2 years knowing each sort before you figure out which sort they are
  • Ministry is a thankless task; expect very little appreciation
  • Lower your expectations of people, you’ll be less stressed out
  • In every Church there is at least one thorn in the flesh sent by God to remind you that you depend on Him and not people
  • If you have 5 true friends, count yourself blessed
  • Church people will turn on you in a second.  Disagreements among friends usually end up in reconciliation.  Disagreements with some Church members will only be resolved when they have driven you off
  • Reveal your feelings about others to no one
  • Expect Church people to let you down
  • Pray without ceasing
  • In everything give thanks
  • Find something you enjoy doing outside of ministry, completely disconnected from the life of the Church, and do it every day
  • Don’t forget your family
  • Find a true friend
  • Other Pastors won’t be that true friend
  • Never trust any Church member who says, the moment they meet you, ‘I’ll always be there for you’. They’re lying.  They will be the first to stab you in the back
  • Make sure your zipper is up before you enter the pulpit
  • Never go into the home of a woman when she is there alone, and never ever meet with a woman without the door open and someone in the next room.  Ever.  For any reason
  • Don’t rely on Church workers working
  • Don’t post things before you proofread them
  • Retire and don’t supply, fill in, or otherwise preach.  No other professional keeps on doing what they’ve done for a lifetime when they retire.  Why should you