Sunday, October 17, 2010

Christians, Please Don't Drink the Kool-Aid, Reach for the Living Water!!

Over the past few weeks, there has been a tremendous amount of press regarding Atlanta's internationally-renowned pastor and businessman, Bishop Eddie Long. As we already know, five separate lawsuits have been brought against him (four which allege sexual misconduct and the fifth regarding default on a property loan). And to add insult to injury, a sexual harassment suit has been filed by a former employee of the church, holding the church 'culpable for sexual harassment, retaliation, breach of fiduciary duty and infliction of emotional distress'. News reports further assert that New Birth may have to file bankruptcy in order to settle the pending disputes. While none of these cases have made it into a court of law as of yet, they are currently being tried in the court of public opinion, in which people are generally considered guilty until proven innocent.

Before I go any further, I must say that I pray that the allegations against Bishop Long turn out to be false. Over the years, I have followed his ministry on TBN and, for the past year or so, I have been a regular participant in New Birth's Sunday morning services, via the Internet. I partnered with the ministry and had plans to visit the sanctuary on my next trip to the ATL. With that being said, I must admit that I am deeply troubled by the things that have been reported about Bishop Long and New Birth.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

News Flash: You Just Might Be a Back Burner Babe

A couple of days ago, I was talking to one of my fellow sisters in singlehood and she was filling me in on the latest and greatest happenings in her dating life. We laughed as we talked about the challenges that we sometimes face in looking for a 'real love,' or that someone who will love us for who we are and not what they think we bring to the table (cue Lisa Lisa and Full Force or Heavy D).