Kijiji vs Craigslist and the Sex Industry

February 13, 2010

Thanks to Jeffrey Overstreet who linked to a blogpost (on Facebook) about a section on Craigslist about which I knew nothing (Adult Services) in which sex trafficking is occurring!  I had no idea!

Read the post for yourself, but in short…

  • Craigslist allegedly allows sex trafficking to go on in its section called Adult Services and does nothing about it.
  • Kijiji intentionally does not have an Adult Services section on their website.

So if you’re looking to sell or buy something, and need online classifieds, consider using Kijiji instead of Craigslist.

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LET’S BE AUTHENTIC

January 15, 2010

UPDATE (10-01-22): Dr. Myles Monroe has something to say.

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Everyone was talking about what Pat Robertson said.

Now everyone’s talking about what Donald Miller said.

Well, Brett McCracken has some thoughts.  Here’s a quote:

We need to quit worrying about how the worst among us are ruining our reputation and instead focus on living Christ-like lives in accordance to scripture and God’s will. We need to worry about our own transformation first and foremost. Are we new creations?

We should love others and ease the suffering in the world… not because it will be better for our PR, but because the Bible tells us to and because the Spirit inside us spurs us to outward action. We should exude charity and patience and peace in our dealings with others not because it will win us admirers but because it is the Christian thing to do.

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ORU: PASTOR BILLY JOE

November 21, 2009

ORIGINAL POST (2009-11-21):

You may have heard this already, but in case you haven’t…

Pastor Billy Joe, of Victory Christian Center, was diagnosed with lymphoma last month and is currently in the hospital being treated for complications resulting from an infection, according to articles by KJRH and News9.

UPDATE (2009-11-23):

Yesterday at 4:40 am, Pastor Billy Joe ‘graduated to heaven’ according to this NewsOK article and this excellent Tulsa World article.  He was 57.  A memorial service is being planned for November 30th.

I remember visiting VCC when I was 11 years old and also during my time at ORU.  I remember that he seemed like a sweet, kind, and well-respected leader.  I know that he will be missed by many.


GRACE

November 17, 2009

Let nothing upset you,
let nothing startle you.
All things pass;
God does not change.
Patience wins all it seeks.
Whoever has God lacks nothing:
God alone is enough.

~ St. Teresa of Avila


Ecclesiastes 6:1-9

June 26, 2009

There is another serious tragedy I have seen in our world. God gives great wealth and honor to some people and gives them everything they could ever want, but then he doesn’t give them the health to enjoy it. They die, and others get it all! This is meaningless-a sickening tragedy.

A man might have a hundred children and live to be very old. But if he finds no satisfaction in life and in the end does not even get a decent burial, I say he would have been better off born dead. I realize that his birth would have been meaningless and ended in darkness. He wouldn’t even have had a name, and he would never have seen the sun or known of its existence. Yet he would have had more peace than he has in growing up to be an unhappy man. He might live a thousand years twice over but not find contentment. And since he must die like everyone else-well, what’s the use?

All people spend their lives scratching for food, but they never seem to have enough. Considering this, do wise people really have any advantage over fools? Do poor people gain anything by being wise and knowing how to act in front of others?

Enjoy what you have rather than desiring what you don’t have. Just dreaming about nice things is meaningless; it is like chasing the wind.

From the New Living Translation.


ORU LAWSUIT: ECFA ACCREDITATION!

May 6, 2009

I missed posting this in March.  So sorry!

Apparently, ORU has recieved their Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) accreditation!  Those following the news about the lawsuit since 2007 will know that this was a huge part of the problem at the time – that ORU had a history and a reputation for being massively non-transparent.  That ORU has recieved this accreditation, is a huge sign that things are certainly changing for the better under Mart’s leadership.

Thanks to the kids at SaveORU.com for the heads up!


ORU LAWSUIT: DEBT ALMOST PAID OFF!

April 29, 2009

According to this NewsOK article, the debt that ORU carried for many years is close to being eradicated.

Check out the Renew the Vision donation page here.  It’s fun to watch the bars go from right to left and vice versa.

Good news!