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.


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!


ORU LAWSUIT: NEW PREZ?

January 19, 2009

Yesterday, my momma sent me this article from Fox23 which explains that the ORU presidential “search committee is recommending Southeastern University President Mark Rutland for the job.”  Of course the Tulsa World has the story as well.

Here’s some Mark Rutland info:

  • Southeastern University bio.
  • Global Servants profile.
  • Books by Mark Rutland.

My momma, who remembers Dr. Rutland from our days in Texas at Aldersgate UMC where he was a friend of then pastor, Terry Teykl, describes him as a warm, intelligent, engaging person and she’s very excited about him potentially becoming ORU’s new president.

Channel 8, and Channel 7 confirm the Mark Rutland story while Channel 2 announces layoffs at ORU.  While Ryan and I were in Tulsa, we spoke with several faculty members.  There seemed to be a real sorrow at the impending layoffs, but a sense of understanding that it was necessary to continue to make improvements. We trust that current leadership are doing their best with the resources they’ve been given.

In other news, ORU has made a motion to dismiss Huddleston’s lawsuit according to Christian Web News.


ORU LAWSUIT: MAKING IT OFFICIAL

November 14, 2008

I don’t have time to find a ton of links.  So here’s Phil Cooke’s post about it.


ORU LAWSUIT: SETTLED!

October 22, 2008

As prevously blogged, today ORU and the two professors Tim and Paulita Brooker had a mediation conference scheduled for today.  The result?  They have settled with the university, according to the TulsaWorld, NewsOK.com, and another TulsaWorld.  Wow.


ORU LAWSUIT: SETTLED?

October 9, 2008

Shannon Muchmore of the TulsaWorld writes about the potential mediation conference set for October 22.  According to anonymous sources, Tim and Paulita Brooker, former ORU professors who sued the university more than a year ago, will discuss possible settlement terms at this conference.

I’m not yet sure what to think.  Part of me would be glad to see things settle down; but part of me would be rather dissapointed for the truth not to have a chance to see the light and for the drama not to play out in court – probably because I’m a storyteller and I like conflict.  Almost like I crave organized anarchy.  It’s interesting.  Not to mention contradictory.  Digressing…

I, like many alumni, feel that Richard Roberts’ simple action of stepping down from leadership of the university and Mart Green’s generous “golden shovel” donation (to dig ORU out of its financial hole) were simply not enough.  Much of my generation’s issue with the ORU administration during our terms there was about the complete and total lack of disclosure!  It, among other actions (or lack thereof) generated, or contributed to, the culture of fear that we perceived as students.  Big things happened… and they weren’t addressed.  We were treated like sheep, not clients.  We were treated like carbon-copy Christian sausages instead of the thinking, intelligent, ready-to-tackle-the-world, whole men and women they purported to be turning out.  Our problem lay in the fact that we were not addressed as coherent adults.  On most important matters regarding the administration of the university, we simply were not addressed.

And so it continues.  No word has been given from the current administration about the discoveries of the internal audit.  Yes, it’s internal; but whether negative or positive, it’s findings are relevant to ORU’s stakeholders.

I believe that hundreds, perhaps even thousands of potential donors wait in the wings, patient that ORU will someday straighten up and fly right and begin to communicate with clarity, maturity and professionalism when matters regarding the leadership or administration require disclosure.  When that happens, when ORU’s leadership, past, present or future, can admit fault, can admit failure, can admit the need for help, then I think the giant golden beast can begin to move forward.  Maybe even go for a jog down Riverside with this guy.

So if this lawsuit gets settled out of court and the details swept under the Prayer Garden rug, I’ll be more than a little displeased and, quite honestly, ever still reluctant to send my potentially generous donations toward South Tulsa.  I still believe in the faculty of ORU; and its potential to churn out great Christian thinkers and artists and businessmen (as well as nurses); but it will take humility and honesty on the part of its leaders to generate hope within me that the modus operandi of the past has changed.  Until then, I think I might still be a little skeptical.


ORU LAWSUIT: INTERESTING SUMMARY

September 8, 2008

Christianity Today posted an interesting summary about the past year at ORU.  I recommend.

At the end, they link to Mart Green’s website.  It’s full of good little tidbits about the man who is forging a bold new path in evangelical documentary-makingMiss HIV.

I think it’s exciting that the new Chair of the Board of Trustees is involved in creating cultural offerings like this one!


ORU LAWSUIT: WHO’S WHO?

September 1, 2008

In case you’re starting to get everyone confused (there’s lots of names!), the Lavender Liberals have put together a comprehensive outline of the Brooker’s witness list plus other key people connected to ORU.  They’re full of opinions, but it’s a good list.

UPDATE: Just a note, not every name tagged here or included in the Lavender Liberals’ list is named on the Brooker’s witness list or list of defendants.  This is a list of key people related to ORU or the lawsuit, which includes names of defendants and names on the witness list.


ORU LAWSUIT: AFFIDAVIT AND SHADY

September 1, 2008

A new source has stepped forward, adding strength to Huddleston’s case, according to Muchmore and the TulsaWorld.  Key quotes:

Donations to the Oral Roberts Ministry were deposited into an unmarked, miscellaneous account and various other ORU accounts, despite their earmarks, according to the affidavit of a former ministry employee and ORU student.

Vanessa Patrick alleges in the affidavit that she once handled a $500 donation meant for a student who could not otherwise afford to go to ORU but which was instead deposited into a miscellaneous account.

When she went to supervisors to report the irregularities, she was intimidated and told, “This is the way things work. If you don’t like the way it works, then you can leave,” according to the affidavit.

Patrick has [since] resigned and left the ministry and the university.

In all honesty, this happened to me once as well.  I sent in a moderate donation to be used for one department and got a thank you card from another department.  As appreciative as I was to get the thank you card, I was still a little upset that my donation hadn’t gone to the department for which it’d been intended.  I certainly hope that, under new leadership, donations will be routed appropriately.

In other news, ORU Slim Shady* has a new track out.  Enjoy!

* You had to be at or around ORU in 1999(?) to know about ORU Slim Shady.

ORU LAWSUIT: HUDDLESTON HEARING HELD UP

August 29, 2008

According to my new favourite last name, one of ORU’s lawyers was sick this morning, and the hearing was postponed.  Two key quotes:

A new date has not been set for Trent Huddleston’s the case against ORU and its leaders, originally filed in November.

And, regarding enrollment:

ORU announced preliminary fall enrollment figures Friday, showing a decline of about 3 percent, or less than 100 students, from this time last year. The university hosts about 3,000 students.


ORU LAWSUIT: THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

August 28, 2008

Here’s a few random links:

  1. A poorly shot, yet still interesting, video from “Media Day.”  Stay tuned afterward to learn about bird diets.  J/K.  It’s a link from this article in The Oklahoman.
  2. There’s room for 800 more students, according to K. Flasch.
  3. Muchmore quotes from ORU leaders about the new school year in her TulsaWorld article.  Key quote:

Fagin told listeners at the chapel Friday that the university plans to have a new president in place by next summer. A search committee, with the help of a consultant, has received 100 applications and is narrowing the list. The final candidates will visit the campus, and the trustees will decide who is offered the job.

“A word of warning to whoever he or she may be: You better hit the ground running,” Fagin said. “We’re not in maintenance mode. This place is moving on all fronts.”

Seems like things are moving forward positively for ORU.


ORU LAWSUIT: DEBT & RENOS

August 16, 2008

Good things are happening at ORU these days. It’s good to share something happy. 🙂

The dept has been reduced to only $19 million and a huge number of renovations to the dorms have been completed, according to ORU grad and good friend, Krista Flasch, reporting for KJRH. Key quotes:

ORU spent more than $10 million in campus-wide renovations, from simple changes like landscaping to upgrading electrical systems.

Roommates Twyla Reimer and Sarah Dugan discovered some pleasant surprises. “We’ve got all these new renovations, including the micro-fridges. And new carpet, a new shower, which is incredibe,” said Reimer. “And they’re really nice,” said Dugan.

Tulsa World had Justin J’s take on it as well.


ORU LAWSUIT: SEVERANCE PACKAGE?

August 13, 2008

Richard Roberts is getting a severance package.

This Associated Press article by Justin Juozapavicius quotes former ORU regent Harry McNevin:

“It sends the message that it’s more about money than winning souls.”

I’m not sure what kind of message it sends; because, frankly, I’m just not sure what is typical under these circumstances.  But then again, these aren’t typical circumstances.

Should a resigning university president get a severance package?  Probably.  Should a university president, resigning amidst a cloud of litigation, get a severance package?  Idunno.

Robert’s lawyer, Frank M Hagedorn, implies that Richard may have been promised one.


GREAT ADVICE

August 10, 2008

…for potential Christian filmmakers, from Phil Cooke.


ORU LAWSUIT: WHO IS JIM INHOFE?

August 7, 2008

Wikipedia has an article on this Republican Senator from Oklahoma.

He’s taken some flack over the years for his scandalous statements and actions.

He was the mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma for a few years in the late 70s and early 80s.

And now, some suspect that he may be connected to the legal issues at ORU, according to blue oklahoma and the Oologah Lake Leader.