Matthew Taylor: Confessions of a Young Earth Creationist

25 Jun

Graceful Atheist

Matthew Taylor
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My guest today is Matthew Taylor. Matthew is the host of the Ask an Atheist Anything podcast and the co-host of the Still Unbelievable podcast. He is the primary editor and contributing author of the book Still Unbelievable. His blog is entitled Confessions of a Young Earth Creationist.

Matthew’s deconversion story includes growing up in the mission fields in Zambia, a young Earth creationist education, the divorce of his parents and dramatic spiritual experiences. Friends began to challenge his rejection of evolution and podcasts began
to give him natural explanations for his spiritual experiences. He began to be disappointed in the apologetic arguments as compared to scientific explanations.

Deconversion was challenging and Matthew took a long time to tell his wife of his loss of faith. Matthew wants to help others through the deconversion process. He recognizes that it is a lonely process and…

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Former VA Beach Area Director Found Guilty of Sex Crimes

9 Aug

Young Life Watch

According to various news outlets, Jeffrey Bondi, former Young Life Area Director in VA beach, was found guilty of sexually assaulting an 18 year old babysitter in 2001.

During the trial, it was brought out that Bondi had been investigated as far back as 1997 for being accused of fondling a 15 year old student on a bus coming back from a Young Life camp in North Carolina.

You can read the local reporting on the conclusion of Bondi’s trial below:

Former Virginia Beach youth pastor found guilty in 15-year-old sexual assault

Former Va. Beach youth pastor found guilty of object penetration

https://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/former-virginia-beach-youth-ministry-leader-found-guilty-of-sexually/article_c8dad024-423c-5faa-ae2c-df39da2b9f49.html

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Former VA BeachYoung Life Area Director Arrested for Sex Crimes

11 Mar

Yet again, another Young Life (former) Area Director has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a student.  Jeffrey Bondi, former Virginia Beach Young Life are director, was arrested and denied bond, for alleged sex crimes with a then 18 year old student who attended Mr. Bondi’s youth group.

You can read some of the local press concerning this latest sex scandal involving a Young Life leader at the links below:

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/ex-employee-of-galilee-episcopal-church-and-young-life-virginia/article_f326c895-f84f-5cdd-804f-1790c1dc6f1d.html

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/judge-denies-bond-for-former-virginia-beach-youth-leader-charged/article_af5cdb46-4d4c-56e6-bbae-cecf510d903f.html

http://pilotonline.com/news/local/crime/bond-denied-again-for-former-virginia-beach-youth-ministry-leader/article_88e606da-9eca-5a65-bfe2-6fe49104dc95.html

Bond denied second time for former ministry leader accused of sex crime in Virginia Beach

Former Virginia Beach Young Life employee indicted for sex crime

 

 

Letter of Termination

1 Mar

Reblogged on WordPress.com

Source: Letter of Termination

Young Life Leaders Wanted: Gays Need Not Apply

1 Dec

Young Life Watch

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(Photo source: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/indiana-gov-mike-pence-signs-gay-discrimination-bill)

For a long time I’ve wanted to highlight the fact that Young Life is strictly anti-gay.  It is YL’s position that being gay is a sin and in direct opposition to God’s will and word.  It’s not an uncommon belief for Christians who believe the Bible is the literal word of God.

A couple times in the history of this site, I’ve had YL folks comment that YL is for everyone and that gays are welcome just like anyone else.  What I think they really mean, is that you’re welcome to attend club or camp in the hopes that you will see the light, confess Christ and renounce your sinful sexual orientation.

A recent comment at Young Life Watch had this to say:

I was in YL in highschool and decided to quit my senior year because they would not allow a gay man on the trip to…

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Teen’s Body Recovered at Malibu Young Life Camp

29 Jun

Young Life Watch

The body of a teen who went off a cliff and drowned at Young Life’s Malibu camp has been recovered.  It’s reported that the teen was playing volleyball near the cliff when he went for a ball and fell over the cliff, into the waters below.

You can read news reports here  and here.

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Young Life Camper Presumed Drowned at Malibu Young Life Camp

13 Jun

Young Life Watch

A 19 year old student attending Young Life’s Malibu summer property is presumed drowned after going missing in the water.

You can read a news account here and a statement from Young Life concerning the tragedy here.

Our thoughts go out to all involved.

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