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May 17, 2021 13 tweets 3 min read
1/ "Actual] kindness must avoid untruth, says Scottish poet George Macdonald, in his sermon "God's Family", in his book "The Hope of the Gospel". A thread. 2/ "The main practical difficulty, with some at least of the peace-makers, is, how to carry themselves toward the undoers of peace, the disuniters of souls. Perhaps the most potent of these are ... rather, they must be the babbling liars of the social circle, ...
Feb 27, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
1/ NewHope Baptist Church Blackburn. Sunday Morning ChurchTM. A proper Australian megachurch. Looks maybe ~300 humans here. 8 humans in worship band. Keyboard, drums 3 guitars, bass guitar. Very upbeat. They're doing that alternate fast song slow song hypnotic thing. 2/ The drummer has the most amazing hair. They're doing the things they learned from GLN and Nancy Beach. Lighting, sound, etc, cheerful greeters. They're better at it than City Life, although City Life definitely bigger.
Feb 15, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
1/ Exhibit A Image 2/ Exhibit B Image
Jan 30, 2021 31 tweets 8 min read
1/ Stefan Beniamin Liviu speaks truth about @rzimhq & about abusive Christian institutions, like @glnsummit & @willowcreekcc & @willowcreekns, more generally.

If you want to read the whole thing as one document, here's a link:…

Quotes here lightly edited 2/ "'Why such a response by a community of grace?'*
*Ravi Zacharias's own words

I do not know how to respond to this situation. I'm stunned & I write these words broken-hearted. ...
Jan 26, 2021 105 tweets 29 min read
1/ "The entire audience was white and casually well-dressed"

~Greg Pritchard, describing his first experience of @WillowCreekCC in 1983, in his 1995 book "Willow Creek Seeker Services", Chapter 1. 2/ "Credibility: Hybels seeks to be a reliable & trusted friend to a visiting unchurched Harry. He wants to be honest & sincere & show genuine affection for Harry. See chapter 8."

~Greg Pritchard, who I guess had the wool pretty much pulled over his eyes, in "WCSS"
Nov 16, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
1/ I want to show you guys what @willowCreekCC @willowcreekNS @WillowCreekCL @willowsouthlake @WillowWheaton @WillowChicago @WillowHuntley @willowcasadeluz did, by flying @alberttate & @meganfate round trip California to Chicago to teach in person 29 October & 5 November. 2/ When these 2 flew into Chicago from California, Chicago's Cook County was requiring anyone traveling from a state with 7 day average higher than 15 new cases of covid19 per 100,000 population to quarantine for 14 days upon arriving Chicago
Nov 15, 2020 9 tweets 6 min read
1/ So @willowCreekCC @willowcreekNS @WillowCreekCL @willowsouthlake @WillowWheaton @WillowChicago @WillowHuntley @willowcasadeluz are literally setting up a monthlong superspreader event in South Barrington for Christmas.…

Please stay home, Chicago 2/ Once again this week's live service zero of the non-vocalist musicians have masks on. Universal mask usage could save 100,000 American lives over the next two months.

I've given up on the new audio/production crew ever getting the band's sound right again =(

Nov 14, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
The new U.S. president elect, on the occasion of celebrating his win to become US President. Trigger warning assault of a child =( 2/ "And when you're a star they let you do it. You can do anything"
Oct 11, 2020 197 tweets 35 min read
1/ A thread with quotes from Dr. @wademullen's recently released book "Something's Not Right: Decoding the Hidden Tactics of Abuse and Freeing Yourself from its Power", which you can buy from his website:… 2/ "Dr. Wade Mullen is a trustworthy guide in such matters. He knows the way because he has been there. He knows that when something is not right there are often people who want us to think we are not right."

~@DianeLangberg, forward, in ~Wade Mullen, "Something's Not Right"
Oct 11, 2020 12 tweets 6 min read
1/ Notes from @davedummitt's sermon @WillowCreekCL @willowsouthlake @willowcreekNS @WillowChicago @willowcasadeluz @WillowWheaton @willowhuntley this weekend. 2/ Dave says Willow's heart is to search for lost people, like in the 3 stories in Luke 15. Willow celebrates its 45th anniversary. They continue to utterly fail to search, find, make amends with the many women sexually harmed by their founder, then institutionally retraumatised.
Sep 20, 2020 47 tweets 11 min read
1/ "Clergy Sexual Abuse as a Betrayal Trauma: Institutional Betrayal & A Call for Courageous Response"

~Lori Anne Thompson (2020)

a thread with quotes from the paper… 2/ "Only 3% of all known clergy sexual abuse incidents (as investigated by the second John Jay College Report) were ever reported to law enforcement, suggesting a dark figure for the prevalence of clergy sexual abuse (Terry et al., 2011)"

~Thompson, L. A. (2020)

#ADarkFigure =(
Sep 19, 2020 17 tweets 6 min read
1/ Live tweeting the Saturday evening "worship" service @willowCreekCC @willowcreekNS @WillowCreekCL @willowsouthlake @WillowWheaton @WillowChicago @WillowHuntley @willowcasadeluz

8th straight week with no @fatai in the worship set. Has she quit? 2/ The sound production for the worship set is WAY off. I wonder if the weekend production manager quit or something? They sound ... just so off.
Sep 18, 2020 16 tweets 5 min read
1/ "DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim & Offender roles) describes how perpetrators of interpersonal violence deflect blame & responsibility when confronted for their abusive behavior"
Harsey & Freyd, "(DARVO): What Is the Influence on Perceived Perpetrator & Victim Credibility? 2/ "When used, a perpetrator denies or minimizes the harms of any wrongdoing, attacks the victim’s credibility, & reverses victim and offender roles such that the perpetrator assumes a victimized position and declares the victim to be the true perpetrator."

Harsey & Freyd (2020)
Sep 16, 2020 27 tweets 6 min read
1/ 6 quotations from: Brianna C. Delker, Carly P. Smith, Marina N. Rosenthal, Rosemary E. Bernstein & Jennifer J. Freyd, “When Home Is Where the Harm Is: Family Betrayal and Posttraumatic Outcomes in Young Adulthood”…

A thread 2/ 1. “Echoing the devastation of individuals let down by institutions that they thought would protect them, survivors of child abuse have described unsupportive family reactions to abuse as 'worse than the abuse itself' (Itzin, 2005, p. 125)”

Sep 2, 2020 190 tweets 36 min read
1/ We remain blind to betrayal in order to protect ourselves. We fear risking the status quo, & thus our security, by actually knowing too much. At the same time, there are costs to our ignorance."

~Dr. @jjfreydcourage & Dr. Pamela Birrell, "Blind to Betrayal", Preface 2/ "The best way to keep a secret is not to know it in the first place; unawareness is a powerful survival technique when information is too dangerous to know."

~Dr. Jennifer Freyd & Dr. Pamela Birrell, "Blind to Betrayal", Preface
Mar 13, 2020 207 tweets 125 min read
1/ @GLSAus publicly says of Bill "Weinstein" Hybels: "sexual harassment, sexual abuse of power, this conduct is reprehensible"…

Things @GLNsummit, @GLNUKI, @GLSCanada, @trdevries have never once said.

This thread will unpack "sexual abuse of power" 2/ @MichalRaphael unpacks "sexual abuse of power" in her seminal paper, based on her doctoral thesis. You can read the whole paper at

@WillowCreekCC @GLNsummit @trdevries this is the behaviour of founder Bill Hybels which you refuse to publicly name.
Feb 16, 2020 206 tweets 108 min read
1/ Just found a Bill "Weinstein" Hybels book I haven't tweeted yet which I'm going to have to tweet--entitled "Honest to God". Here's the table of contents. This is gonna be crazy. Image 2/ "I've often spent time with people who simply talked or wrote about Christianity. I'd much rather spend time with people who actually live it. That's what this book is about...Being authentic Christians."

~Bill "Weinstein" Hybels, Introduction, "Honest to God"
Feb 16, 2020 32 tweets 31 min read
Downloading @willowcreekcc's Saturday livestream so I can listen at 4X playback speed, as youtube's 2X playback speed no longer fast enough for me.

Like swallowing the poison as frickin' fast as possible. @WillowCreekCC 2/ "It just hit me like a ton of bricks. I just started to weep."

~James Paek, doing DARVO live on the mainstage @willowcreekcc Saturday evening.
Feb 2, 2020 35 tweets 27 min read
1/ Opening words from the @willowcreekcc Saturday evening service South Barrington:

"Good evening everyone. It's been another tough week here at Willow."

"Worship is not distracting ourselves nor escapism"

It seems appropriate the opening song is from @hillsongworship @WillowCreekCC @hillsongworship 2/ To be clear, the leader of @hillsong is currently under police investigation for covering up child sexual abuse perpetrated by his pastor father.

I confess these @willowcreekcc vocalists, musicians, producers, are consummate professionals. Absolutely top-notch performance.
Jan 31, 2020 18 tweets 9 min read
1/ @willowcreekcc elder Jeff Mason, baldly lying to victim of clergy sex abuse at his church. Well either Mason is lying, or @steveryancarter is lying. I know which I believe.… @WillowCreekCC @steveryancarter 2/ "One of those fake apologies that Willow likes to do"

"Maybe to do damage control"

"When I told him it was a recorded line, he got off as fast as he could."
Jan 30, 2020 12 tweets 6 min read
1/ Image Repair/Impression Management/DARVO from
@pastorgillen and the whole team @willowcreekcc

Start at 8:44. Transcription to follow

#OutBilezikian @pastorgillen @WillowCreekCC 2/ 29 January 2020 "Pastor" Steve Gillen
@willowcreekcc Transcription:

"Well welcome everyone. If you can go ahead and grab your seats. If we haven’t met, my name’s Steve and I want to thank you for being here tonight. In this service we’re gonna have a chance to sing ...