Happy Finals and Congratulations,
and Southwest Baptist University Trustees
The New Home of the MARIE O'HARA DONATION DRIVE (previously hosted at someoneskid.keepkidshealthy.com). Emergency meetings of the Missouri Baptist Convention have been requested since September and October 2010 (see the page entitled, Dark Dawn, below). The participation of the administration and governance of Southwest Baptist University and the First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri is also anticipated -- now extended to the Southern Baptist Convention Meeting, June 14-15.
First, who applied the pesticide, which SBU claimed was "non-toxic" and merely a repellent?
And, second, what was the name of the pesticide?
You have asked some thought-provoking and worthy questions; I will try to address them.
In one key aspect, I differ from several of you: You believe that Southwest Baptist University is in some way "Christian"; however, I do not share that opinion.
Or, at least, I no longer do.
In order to engender some order from this abysmal terrain, I have had to build a new paradigm and accept a reordered perspective.
Over the last few years, I have come to accept that, as much as I might like it to be otherwise, Southwest Baptist University is not a Christian university.
Rather, Southwest Baptist University is a corporation ... nothing more.
A corporation -- such as, for example, Lehman Brothers, Monsanto, Exxon, or British Petroleum -- is "an institution that is granted a charter recognizing it as a separate legal entity having its own privileges, and liabilities distinct from those of its members."
A corporation is an organized, legal fiction constructed for business purposes.
A corporation is not a church; it is not a member of the Body of Christ. Nor, is it a Christian organization.
Southwest Baptist University is merely a nonprofit subsidiary of a larger, nonprofit corporation -- namely, the Missouri Baptist Convention.
Like many of their corporate brethren, the corporation of Southwest Baptist University -- particularly under the leadership of President and CEO Dr. C. Pat Taylor -- has become ingrained with a deeply-rooted, corrupt corporate culture, which is rife with self-serving mediocrity, self-justification and hypocrisy.
Following the tradition and customs of two past presidents/CEOs (Dr. James Sells and Roy Blunt, current congressman of the 7th District of Missouri and running for the the U.S. Senate), Southwest Baptist University encourages the appearance of "Christian values" as the objective of administrative public relations and discipline.
Few, if any, Christian principles are implemented in disciplinary action, or in the mediation of disputes and disagreements, or in interactions with students or the public.
If particular individuals do not serve the aims, designs and purposes of the corporation (usually, the financial, business or political purposes), those people are deemed worthless to the corporation.
This dehumanization permits the corporation to assault the dissenters -- savaging their characters, alienating them from family and friends, silencing and demeaning their questions, and, eventually, discarding their personhood.
In my mind and heart, this is an obscenity, a barbaric aberration, a sheer defilement of the Command of Jesus Christ to love your neighbor as yourself and to do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The pretense that those habitually perpetrating this fraudulent, shamming lifestyle are, in fact, Christians is an abomination, a raping of the the Body of Christ.
Further, to pretend that this conduct in anyway approximates the Truth of Christianity is nothing short of blasphemy.
I cannot participate in the spiritually violent "corporate life" of Southwest Baptist University, anymore than I would care to engage in drunken brawls, or the beating and torture of little children and puppies.
Although I do not claim to be perfected, I do know the difference between right and wrong.
The corporate cultures of Southwest Baptist University and their corporate facilitators at the Missouri Baptist Convention are wrong.
It is not that I don't forgive them for their continued wrongdoing. As I've said previously, I don't hate them; I'm not bitter or angry at them.
On the contrary, I love them with fervent care and compassion. Indeed, I want them to succeed and to overcome their weaknesses, to excel in being the institution that Christ Jesus intends for them to be.
But, I don't want to follow their lead, nor render obeisance by dutifully submitting to their corporate idols and false gods.
I don't want to mimic their actions, nor adopt their customary abuses, their modes of thought or their irreverent habits of life.
Regardless, in attempting to reach a compromise with this corporate entity, the reality of this culture must be addressed and conciliated with Christian ideals and perspectives.
The reason for the dissonance in this quandary is immediately apparent: our motives and goals are (and have been) in vicious conflict.
Whereas SBU's administration seeks to escape responsibility and to mute the cry for reform by seeking a "simple" solution (often by unethical and illegal means), I have searched for a "soul"-ution by a path that will honor God, while still acknowledging faults and misdeeds, and striving, with confidence, towards wholeness and restoration by the way of four goals:
1. Confession and Repentance
2. Contemplation and Reassessment
3. Compensation and Restitution
4. Commitment and Reformation
These restorative principles are grounded in the Spirit, Love and Wisdom of Christ.
As a Christian, I endeavor to follow Christ and abide in His example. That they, as a corporate entity, wish to do the same is not at all certain, as far as I can determine.
Nevertheless, this is not the time to jeer them as they, crippled by their errors, stumble aimlessly on the darkened path.
Sincerely, I ask you: Is it surprising that they, blinded by self-interest, would stumble on this dreary and treacherous path, slipping on this spiraling, sinister trail, so obstructed by cruelty, greed, and arrogance ... and washed out by so many tears?
At this point, what should be done?
Through this offer, I will provide what light I can on the path and hope that, through miraculous intervention, some one among those in authority at First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Southwest Baptist University and the Missouri Baptist Convention may be given eyes to see, even through this impenetrable darkness.
Please pray that those acquainted with the Light will see the Way and help others along that Way.
My friends, will you pray that they will be enlivened by the Spirit, rising to dance and sing along the Way?
Those who insist on closing their eyes and remaining "blinded" by self-seeking expediency should not be permitted to mislead others into the miry, morass of the swamplands.
They must resign.
However, for those who are enlightened by the Spirit, this Way will become an opportune avenue for unprecedented revival and strengthening of the community bonds in the Spirit of Christ.
If they, as a corporation, choose to cleave to their reckless and wayward corporate identity, this promise of opportunity will become a highway, a robbers' road, of disruption, treachery and disrepute.
I leave the choice to them: They will choose the path.
You, my friends, assume that they will take the most "Christian" path and, thus, will escape much harm to themselves and this community.
Having endured their seemingly unending surplus of arrogance and misguided, self-righteousness cruelties, I am not so confident of the outcome.
I hope that your trust in Southwest Baptist University is merited and that they do, in Truth, select the more Christ-honoring Way.
Thank you for your prayers and your input in this process.
In His Love and Mercy,
Welcome Back Southwest Baptist University Summer Students!
HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!
______________Saturday, May 22, 2010:
CONGRATULATIONS Southwest Baptist University GRADUATES ... and SAFE JOURNEYS to all!
______________LATEST POST on Friday, May 22, 2010:
THE MISSING ELEMENT - ACCOUNTABILITY: Dealing with the Long-Term Accreditation Issues at Southwest Baptist University ... and Providing a Parakletos (here)
Monday, May 17, 2010 - Friday, May 22, 2010
Finals week at SBU!
Communications will continue this week, May 17 - 21, in preparation for Pentecost Sunday weekend.
Back on track after severe illness ... and back on schedule.
Monday morning, May 10, 2010:
For the past four days, Marie has been severely ill from an accidental exposure -- resulting from an unannounced change of ingredients in a previously well-tolerated product.
On Sunday, she was able to eat small meal: She is doing better and should be able to participate in the SBU Trustee meeting this Monday and Tuesday.
SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABLE MINISTRY: This past week, we have worked to provide a foundation for the meeting of the Southwest Baptist University Boards of Trustees on this Monday and Tuesday, May 10 - 11.
This weekend, we will be contacting the First Baptist Church of Bolivar.
Thursday, May 6, 2010 about 5:00 am:
INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE, Minimizing Further Harm: In order to minimize further harm to those involved, several individuals will be notified by mail concerning the events of the next week. Those individual letters should be arriving on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (May 6 - 8).
Additionally, the letter to the pastors of First Baptist Church of Bolivar should arrive within that time frame. The pastors will be asked to intervene by taking positive action in this situation. If they are unwilling or unable, the pastors will be asked to deliver the letter to the Southwest Baptist University Board of Trustees, who will be meeting on Monday and Tuesday, May 10 and 11 at SBU.
If the issue remains unresolved by that Tuesday, the Missouri Baptist Convention will be asked to intervene.
REDIRECTION: Although substantial alterations have been required in order to accommodate the significant changes in the situation, we will be working with First Baptist Church of Bolivar this week to effect a resolution. (see post here).
NEXT POSTS - Thursday - Saturday, May 6 - 8, 2010: Several letters, including the letter to the pastors of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 about 3:40 pm:
Illuminating the True Pathway and the Day of Reckoning: A Letter to the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Board & First Baptist Church of Bolivar, Missouri (here)
DAY OF RECKONING ... AND A WAY FORWARD: Letters to Southwest Baptist University's Accreditation Agency, the Missouri Baptist Convention Executive Committee, SBC, Others (here)
COMPUTER GLITCH while updating software. Not only the BLUE SCREEN but, initially, the BLACK DOOM SCREEN.
Now corrected! We will be posting as soon as possible.
HAPPY EASTER SUNDAY!
HAPPY PALM SUNDAY!
(Welcome Back SBU Students!)Monday, March 22, 2010 about 11:30 am:
This morning, we received the anticipated "new information" (see below); we will be posting within several days.
Sunday, March 21, 2010: Happy Spring!
We are waiting for the arrival of some information and will post as soon as possible once it arrives
Behind the scenes, there has been much activity within the several week.
In addition to the sudden and difficult illness of one of the principals (which has delayed the proceedings for the last two weeks), changing events required extended revisions and adaptions.
Now that these are resolved, we will begin several postings, as soon as possible.
Monday, February 22, 2010:
DOCTORAL STUDIES AT SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY: Letter to Pastor Billy Russell (and Others), First Baptist Church of Bolivar, MO (here)
Thursday, February 18, 2010:
PASTORS' CALL, THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE: Marie's Letter to the Pastors of First Baptist Church of Bolivar, MO. (here)