(Think about it) “I believe that at the end of the century, the use of words and general educated opinion will have altered so much that one will be able to speak of machines thinking without expecting to be contradicted.” ― Computing machinery and intelligence
Too much happened while I was away, so I’m going to recap a few stories.
James MacDonald was arrested for beating up a lady whose car HE hit.
I would bet that 99.9% of those who heard about this were unsurprised. Julie Roys reported Disgraced Megachurch Pastor James MacDonald Charged with Assault After Allegedly Attacking a Woman. The Chicago Sun-Times also reported on this in Ousted pastor of Rolling Meadows church charged with assault in California, as did Religion News Services in James MacDonald, former Harvest Bible pastor, charged with felony assault and battery.
This is how I put together the sequence of events.
- MacDonald attempted to parallel park.
- He hit the occupied car in front of him.
- The occupant, a woman, got out of the car to speak with MacDonald.
- He got out of his truck and proceeded to whale on her, causing “serious bodily injury,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
- His unoccupied truck then rolled backward and struck the car in the back of it.
- The police were called while some witnesses detained MacDonald.
- A gun was found in his truck, but it appeared legal.
According to The Roys Report:
Lt. Alex Navarro of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department told TRR that MacDonald was booked into San Diego Central Jail on March 22 around 2:30 p.m. He was released on $35,000 bail the same day just before 11:00 p.m.
A week after the incident, on March 29, MacDonald was arraigned on the assault and battery charges, according to spokesperson Tanya Sierra.
According to Religion News Services, His charges included two felonies.
James MacDonald has been charged with two felonies for allegedly assaulting a woman during a dispute over parking.
This incident should be no surprise to those who followed his downward spiral. He was canned from Harvest Bible Church for many reasons, including his behavior. His attorney implies that the police should not have charged him with much of anything. At least HBC doesn’t have to pay his legal fees.
Michael Pancer, a lawyer representing Macdonald, said, “James Macdonald would never intentionally harm another human being. The charges as written are not accurate as to what took place. We believe the evidence will show Dr. Macdonald’s intent and conduct was neither malicious nor correctly assigned in the charges filed. We look to the legal process to establish what did happen and remedy the situation lawfully.”
Final thought: His wife and/or friends (if he still has any) should get the gun away from him. So should the authorities. If they don’t, I predict that we could see a tragedy play out here.
My former church (#3), Chapel Hill Bible Church, is accused of racism.
Yonat Shimron, writing for Church Leaders, posted This North Carolina Church Used to Be Multiracial. Then Came Jan. 6.
The Wongs are among as many as 200 people who have left Chapel Hill Bible Church in recent months — more than 20% of this once flourishing nondenominational congregation in the university town.
…They say church leadership over the past several years has turned inward, drawing boundaries around orthodox beliefs and dismissing or demeaning members’ concerns. That has led to the departures of many families of all races who complained of the church leadership’s lack of transparency and care.
Those who followed my posts on CHBC might remember what happened. Here is a shortened version of it. The church had always been delightfully diverse until Jay Thomas, a hard-core Calvinist, slipped through the doors and proceeded to do the typical church takeover.
My husband and I saw it start to happen and began to warn people about what we saw. We got blown off, and we left. Even in 2014, there appeared to be a diminishing number of ethnic minorities in the congregation. I remember thinking that Calvinistas, involved in takeovers, have little energy to care for everyone. After all, who cares about a woman from China when John Piper needs to be revered?
Members and former members contacted me to write their stories. A few old friends accused me of “attacking the church of Jesus Christ.” Ahem…who was involved with the decline of minorities. Those are the ones who let the ministry of Jesus down. And now they are embarrassed on a national level. The pastors, including Thomas, and “his” elders deserve it. This was their game, and they let the team down. They took a beautiful, biblically orthodox, intellectually challenging church and made it into a stone-cold, Calvinista church. They won….or did they?
Carl Lentz is back, and we all predicted it.
The New York Post wrote Disgraced Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz hired by new church: ‘We believe in Carl.’
Carl Lentz, the ousted pastor of Hillsong New York City, has landed on staff at Transformation Church, a predominantly black, nondenominational megachurch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that is led by pastor, author and popular YouTuber Michael Todd.
…“We gladly welcome Carl Lentz to our Transformation Church staff, helping TC with strategy as we continue to move forward in our vast vision,” Tammy McQuarters, the church’s executive pastor of operations, told Religion News Service in an email Monday (March 27)
…McQuarters said the church’s vision to “re-present God to the lost and found for transformation in Christ” includes restoration.
And for those who can’t get enough of Lentz: Fired Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz to Give First Interview in New FX Docuseries’ Secrets of Hillsong.‘
The four-part series is based on reporting from Vanity Fair’s Alex French and Dan Adler about Hillsong, which became famous for attracting celebrities like Justin and Hailey Bieber and Kylie and Kendall Jenner — before the church was exposed for involvement in misconduct including marital infidelity and child sexual abuse.
…“The Secrets of Hillsong” premieres on May 19 at 10 p.m. with two episodes, followed by two more episodes on May 26.
I can wait…
ChatGPT: An AI who could be my friend.
ChatGPT is a hot commodity these days. Here is a link introducing this fine, young fellow.
We’ve trained a model called ChatGPT which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer followup questions, admit its mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests.
My curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to ask a question of it. “What is The Wartburg Watch.” This is the first answer it gave me. But, unfortunately, it is trained to mix it up. So, subsequent answers might be different. I see coming headaches for high school English teachers.
I thought you might like to see what it answered me. I promise this was the first answer.
The Wartburg Watch is a blog that focuses on issues related to the intersection of faith and culture, particularly as it relates to the Christian church. The blog was founded in 2009 by Dee Parsons and Deb Martin, two women who were concerned about what they saw as a lack of transparency and accountability within some Christian organizations and churches.
The Wartburg Watch covers a wide range of topics, including church abuse, spiritual abuse, domestic violence, and sexual harassment. It is known for its investigative reporting and commentary on controversial issues within the Christian community, particularly those related to abuse and misconduct by Christian leaders and institutions.
The blog has become a widely respected source of information and analysis within the Christian community, and it has been cited in a number of news articles and reports on issues related to faith and culture. The Wartburg Watch is committed to promoting transparency, accountability, and justice within the Christian community, and it has played an important role in raising awareness of these issues and advocating for change.
I liked this answer. Did you notice that it did not:
- call me Jezebel
- accuse me of being unsubmissive
- charge me with disregarding Matthew 18
- ask me to sign a “covenant” before it would answer
- demand I identify the male who is my covering
As I said on Twitter, I think ChapGPT and I will be friends. But can one be friends with an AI? We enter a whole new age…