Wednesday, April 25, 2012

new dongtini! episode 41

On this episode: I'm creeped out by CuddleParty.com, Best Western is bravely admitting their customers cover remote controls with DNA, Christians criticizing other Christians for living in the gray, Simone asks me what if none of this religion stuff is true, spin class rage, the split-level was a horrible assault on architecture, and a listener saw a porn shoot by the side of the highway. Download here or find it on iTunes here.

Friday, April 20, 2012

atheist

I have an atheist friend who is antagonistic towards me sometimes. It makes me feel disconnected from him and small. I don't know how to handle it. I wish he was softer. I completely understand that my mystical views are weird to him. I come from the perspective where I embrace things I don't understand all the way and I like to wonder a lot. I think that this is really strange to him and I feel like he doesn't respect it. But I need him to respect it just like I feel I respect what resonates with him. But if he wants concrete answers, he's not going to be able to get them from me because I see things in a way that there are things beyond my understanding and I have peace with that and also curiosity towards that. I feel like he thinks I'm a total dumbass for thinking that way. I really like exploring what the meaning could be behind things that I don't understand. I often have a strange peace when things don't tie up in a tidy knot but I completely understand that is not the way it is for him. Anyway, the root of my grief here is that I feel like he doesn't respect it because he doesn't understand it. I wonder how I can communicate this to him without him freaking out. I don't know how to approach it. Thoughts?

Thursday, April 19, 2012

letter from a concerned follower

Letter #1

John Carpenter, M.Div., Th.M, Ph.D. sent you a message about your petition, Hey Liberty University, Drop Driscoll:


"Leave Mark Driscoll alone. We're talking a group to see him and we don't appreciate your attempts to suppress the preaching of God's Word. Repent."


Letter #2

"Hi John,

thanks for writing with you concerns about our petition. We are a group dedicated to helping spiritual abuse victims and to seeing Mark Driscoll's influence significantly decreased.  We are also interested in staying in the room with disagreement and having dialogue with those the church would deem outsiders. Here is our strategy (strategery): I met with social justice groups over the past week after news outlets have failed to pick up any of the spiritual abuse stories coming out of Mars Hill church. It's alarming that Driscoll has a bestselling book on godly marriage while at the same time alarming stories from behind the scenes of his church have been coming out on sites like Jesus Needs New PR and Joyful Exiles and Mars Hill Refuge, to name just three. We've emailed major papers and news sites to ask them to spotlight the testimonies of insider experiences coming out of Mars Hill, and the only one who would pick up the story was The Stranger. Not Christianity Today, not any of the Timeses type papers - no one.

So to raise curiosity about a problem (emotional and spiritual devastation coming out of Mars Hill church) that we have seen for years in our community and now spreading nationwide as Driscoll's fame and Acts 29 church network grows, we need to spark curiosity about what is happening behind the scenes. If demand is created then news outlets will cover these devastating stories of people who were once on the inner circle of Mars Hill church. Since Driscoll is a national bestseller and getting lots of media attention we decided to petition Liberty University to rescind their invite for Driscoll to speak on their campus on April 20th. We think that would get the conservatives and fundamentalists engaged as well. Once the truth is brought to light then healing can begin, as any survivor will tell you.

Thanks for your concern and fight for truth to be exposed for the sake of freedom and healing.

Stephanie Drury, M.A., M.Div., Th.M, Ph.D., DDS, Esq."


Letter #3

"Hi Stephanie,

By your own admission, your goal is to see 'Mark Driscoll's influence significantly decreased'. That comes first. Then you go looking for accusations to help you with that. Please repent of your rumor mongering and find something productive to do.

I don't believe you care about the 'truth' or the sake of Jesus Christ. Please repent and deal with your own problems.

Sincerely,

John B. Carpenter, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D."


Letter #4

"I only repent when instructed to do so by properly credentialed authorities. And I think you're a giant dick, actually.

In his grip,
Stephanie Drury, M.A., M.Div., Th.M, Ph.D., DDS, Esq., WebMD, D.O.N.G"


Letter #5

"Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:  John B. Carpenter, M.Div., Th.M., Ph.D."

Thursday, April 5, 2012

please consider signing my moveon.org petition about mark driscoll

So yesterday I helped create a moveon.org petition to request Mark Driscoll be uninvited from speaking at Liberty University on April 20. The petition is sponsored by Sophia's Voice, which is a group dedicated to helping spiritual abuse victims and to seeing Mark Driscoll's influence significantly decreased.  We are also interested in staying in the room with disagreement and having dialogue with those the church would deem outsiders. Here is our strategy (strategery): I met with social justice groups over the past week after news outlets have failed to pick up any of the spiritual abuse stories coming out of Mars Hill church. It's fucked up how Driscoll has a bestselling book on godly marriage while at the same time alarming stories from behind the scenes of his church have been coming out on sites like Jesus Needs New PR and Joyful Exiles. We've emailed major papers and news sites to ask them to spotlight the testimonies of insider experiences coming out of Mars Hill, andl the only one who would pick up the story was The Stranger. Not Christianity Today, not any of the Timeses type papers - no one.

So to raise curiosity about a problem (emotional and spiritual devastation coming out of Mars Hill church) that we have seen for years in our community and now spreading nationwide as Driscoll's fame and Acts 29 church network grows, we need to spark curiosity about what is happening behind the scenes. If demand is created then news outlets will cover these devastating stories of people who were once on the inner circle of Mars Hill church. Since Driscoll is a national bestseller and getting lots of media attention we decided to petition Liberty University to rescind their invite for Driscoll to speak on their campus on April 20th. We think that would get the conservatives and fundamentalists engaged as well. Once the truth is brought to light then healing can begin, as any survivor will tell you.

Here's the link petition. Do with it what you will. No pressure! I just wanted to tell you cause we need signatures. We want 5,000. We think that is the Lord's will. heh

Petition for Liberty University to disinvite Driscoll

xo
stephy