If you have not yet seen the movie, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, starring Tom Hanks who plays Fred Rogers, I simply urge you to take time to watch it from start to finish at least once. The movie is about the impact that Mr. Rogers had on those who knew him and about … Continue reading Whatever Is Mentionable Is Manageable
One of the biggest consequences of the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden is that God said to the serpent who willfully deceived Eve: "I will put enmity between you and the woman" (Genesis 3:15). Enmity is hostility. War. Spiritual warfare is a constant that involves both women and men, but … Continue reading Will Christian Organizations Become the Least Safe Place for Christian Women to Work?
Imagine yourself receiving this letter dated July 18, 2012. It is not from your boss. It arrives to you strictly via email. The letter refers to a “list of protocols” that you have never seen. You are going to be fired if you do not sign this letter [click below] within nine days. July 18, … Continue reading Breached Contracts: YOU CAN SEE THE EVIDENCE YOURSELF
Report from the Simpson University Faculty regarding the termination of Dr. Sarah Sumner … Continue reading Official Faculty Report from Simpson University
Dear Friends, A couple of nights ago my husband met a Simpson board member at Bible Study Fellowship for men. What Providence for the two of them to meet! My husband Jim said it was wonderful that he and the board member related to each other as brothers in the Lord in that venue. We … Continue reading When Broken Boards Are Made of Nice People
I read an article yesterday in the New York Times about a man who is 107 who works full-time, 40 hours a week, cutting hair. He is the world's oldest barber. Out of curiosity, I explored a little further and learned that the oldest living persons on the planet right now are 116 years old, born in … Continue reading Don’t Worry As You Age Because . . .
Dear Friends, Yesterday in the quiet of our home, Jim and I opened a letter from the California Supreme Court which, to my surprise, heralded the news: Simpson's petition for review was denied. The CA Supreme Court said "no" to Simpson's attempt to use Religious Defenses to hide the breaches of my Simpson employment contracts. … Continue reading Petition Denied: CA Supreme Court Says “No”
Dear Friends, Over the holidays I started reading Nancy Pearcey's new book, Love Thy Body, which has lots to do with the subject of men and women. My first comment about the book is to say how heartened I am by the compassion Pearcey expresses for all who disregard their own body, or betray its … Continue reading Gender and the “Authentic Self”
Dear Friends, I just read the Christianity Today article about the G2 Summit of Friday December 13, 2018 hosted by the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College (my alma mater) on the timely topic: Responding to Sexual Harassment, Abuse, and Violence. It was the first interdenominational gathering to address the problem of abusive power figures … Continue reading The G2 Summit Helped Me Say #MeToo
Dear Friends, Before I tell this portion of the story, I want to reiterate that my intention here is to share in an interesting, educational, motivating way that prompts revival. My desire is to see Christian higher education model what it means to act Christianly. I also want to say that I support the First Amendment. … Continue reading The Breakdown of Religion in a Religious Corporation
It's almost Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. A quiet time for giving thanks to God. In the maze of life, the strange wandering we all do, there are such perplexities as the Camp Fire that, as it turns out, did not destroy all of Paradise. Consider this excerpt from another blog I found: The randomness of … Continue reading Thanksgiving: The Fire Did Not Destroy All of Paradise
Dear Friends, The Camp Fire that burned up the beautiful town of Paradise (population 27,000) near Chico (about 80 miles southeast of Redding) now ranks as the deadliest fire that the United States of America has suffered in a century. To give you some perspective, the second worst fire in California history killed 29 people … Continue reading The Nation’s Deadliest Fire in a Century
Dear Friends, Until now, I have been too numb, too shocked, to write about the Camp Fire, the most devastating fire that California has ever seen. On Thursday November 8, 2018, this speed-fire -- within eight hours--engulfed, gulped down, and swallowed whole the 27,000 population, beautiful town called Paradise, which lies about 90 miles away from … Continue reading Paradise Lost: New Worst Fire Ever in CA Still Burning
In the twentieth century, one of my favorite writers, Dorothy Sayers, wrote a now-famous little treatise titled, "Are Women Human?" Today I'd like to ask a more twenty-first century question: Is it masculine for a woman to be like Jesus? When recently my husband attended a men's event at church, he came home with an … Continue reading Part 1: Is it Masculine for a Woman to Be Like Jesus?
One of the many blessings of my childhood is that Mrs. Hill, my Sunday School teacher for fourth grade, challenged us kids to memorize I Corinthians 13, which I did. I've gotten rusty on it though, so I want to memorize it again. The first time I did so was with The Living Bible translation. … Continue reading I Corinthians 13 — Something to Memorize
Friends, This is God's timing. Just this morning, a podcast telling my story was released. After you hear Lina Abujamra's Hope Podcast Episode 5, you may wonder where things stand in the Simpson saga right now, today. So let me try to explain. Most private colleges and universities in America were founded as Christian institutions. … Continue reading What Happened To Me At Simpson: Listen to Hope Podcast #5
Dear Friends, In this post-Christian, post- Hosanna-Tabor society a very important question emerges: Where does religious freedom begin and end for religious organizations and their employees? Do employees who work for ministries have any civil rights? Do their employment contracts count? Can they be lied about -- with impunity -- on corporate microphones? Can ministers … Continue reading California Holds Religious Organizations Accountable For Employment Contracts, But Not …
Not all lawsuits are the same. Some are potshot attacks hurled by activists who plot against practicing Christians such as Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who was minding his own business, found himself being targeted by the Colorado government on account of his Christian belief in traditional marriage. By contrast, other lawsuits are legitimate cries … Continue reading How Could Anybody Sue A Christian School?
What do you think? Should employment contracts count as legally viable contracts in Christian organizations? Would you want to sign a contract to work at a Christian ministry and then later be told, "Oh, this written contract only serves to say that you, as an employee, have to abide by its elaborate terms. This document called a … Continue reading Can a Christian Institution Take God’s Name in Vain?
Current Situation (as of 9/13, 6 p.m.): 59,915 Acres 24% Contained 3,264 Personnel 17 Structures Destroyed 9/13 Evening Summary: Today, firefighters had success in constructing fireline directly along the fire's perimeter along the northern, western, and southern edges of the fire. Aircraft assisted with fire activity on the west side of Interstate 5. The fire passed … Continue reading I-5 closed again, but Fire is 24% Contained