Some of you may be familiar with Joni Earickson Tada — the quadriplegic woman who turned her disaster in a lake as a teenager into a ministry which has inspired countless numbers of people. She’s quite well-known in mainstream evangelism.
Joni revealed on her five-minute radio program Thursday (it aired in my city a day late) that she has breast cancer, and will be undergoing surgery Monday. Her statement made the news website I was checking at the time seem quite irrelevant.
Joni expressed faith God will use even this situation to do “big things.” I’m praying she’s right.
By the way, Here’s the 1979 trailer of her life story “Joni” starring herself!
It is now Tuesday, it is my hope and prayer that things were okay (operation wise) and that Joni will fight this dreaded disease of cancer.
To clear up some rumors that are currently circulating, Ron had another fall on Saturday morning after he was left unattended by a nursing home employee. As a precaution, he was transported by ambulance to ETMC for a CAT Scan. The CAT Scan was negative, but he was held overnight as a precaution.
It is also my hope and prayer that Ron Dart will be restored to respectable health too. God be with both.
Read Aggie’s account and J’s account with the upheaval going on in the United Church of God. It’s President Clyde Kilough has resigned but the Chairman of the Board will take on the UCG’s presidential duties. I have been firm in my opinions on the UCG’s compromise on the essentials of historic faith and I am still firm. There are many people whom I know in the Living Church of God and the United Church of God that are very sincere in their belief and I do highly value them. Yes, there are those in the splinters who are like the late Heath Ledger’s version of The Joker and have dealt with such toxic personalities but I am not talking about them. There are some in the UCG and other like groups who are honest, decent, God-fearing folk who I think that the establishment has used them to no end. I can only pray that they recognize that “enough is enough”. Refusing to tithe to the headquarters is only a bandaid solution. A mass exodus to freedom (wherever it may take them in their faith). Frankly, I wish ministries like Doug Ward, John Valade and Pam Dewey will finally take root after a mass exodus in the UCG or the LCG for that matter. These people mentioned were never ordained in any XCG ministry, are pretty sane minded people who are not prone to fanatical wild-eyed private interpretations of scripture and were never in it for the money (all more the reason).
For those wondering about the condition of former WCG evangelist Ron Dart, this is from Pam Dewey about approximately an hour ago from the Facebook site called Praying for Ron Dart.
Current info at the caringbridge site: They began to give him Vitamin K to speed up the clotting time, and it appears that the bleeding has either stopped or is very slow. He has a blood clot where he has been bleeding, that will need to be absorbed by his body. The doctors believe he will be okay, but it will take a… while for his body to absorb the clot.
For those who don’t know what happened to Mr. Dart, the Facebook site explains,
Ron Dart suffered a fall on Thursday night, 8 April. He hit his head and lost a lot of blood, but was checked by doctors and returned home. A CT scan at that time showed no bleeding on the brain and he was coherent and lucid.
However, during the day on Friday, he had growing problems with his speech and he returned to the doctor. He was then transported by ambulance to ETMC where is currently in the Neuro ICU.
I will admit that back on my previous blog in 2006, I was “gloating” that Christian radio stations were taking his Born To Win program off the air getting on the “evangelical” bandwagon. I remain firm on my then concerns about Ron Dart’s teachings but I could have taken a more “humble” approach than I did in 2006. I must give him credit for a splendid essay on the Christian Woman in which he rightly criticizes the sex-negative early Church Fathers and their misogynistic worldview on women. Also FYI Again rightfully told me and others of the dangers of equating all XCGs on the same footing. Yes, as scripture states in 2 Peter 3:9,”The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” As Gavin Rumney once stated that we have arrogantly assumed knowledge of things. God can and will correct errors whether moral or doctrinal of EVERYBODY (that includes me). I join in the chorus of the prayers for many to restore Ron Dart to health and let God lead him in the way that he should go.
A fellow Canadian by the name of Rand Zacharias who is a former WCG member now his autobiography about his time in the Church for all to see here.
Here’s tip to PasedenaGuy 10 who found this inspiring video from Adrew Rieu in which he performs the “Hallelujah” chorus! Enjoy!