MInTheGap

Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.

They Will Never Be Left Alone—How Even a Planned Missions Trip Raises Questions

July 7th, 2015 Viewed 1075 times, 1 so far today

Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Derek and Jill Dillard are headed on a missions trip.  This normally wouldn’t make national news, except that Jill Dillard’s maiden name happens to be Duggar.

“19 Kids and Counting” reality star Jill Dillard, who revealed to Fox News’ Megyn Kelly that she was fondled by her older brother Josh Duggar when she was a child, has left for a long-term mission trip with her husband, Derick Dillard. The pair has not stated where they are going or how long they will be gone, but they revealed in a blog post they wanted to leave the U.S. “for longer than the typical short-term mission trip.” They added that they are “prepared for the possibility of it being years.”

The Dillards had reportedly been eyed for a possible “19 Kids” spin-off as a way to salvage the embattled show. So does the couple’s announcement mean that “19 Kids” is finally done for good? [Fox News]

To me, it’s great that they want to do a missions trip—and I’m glad the cameras are not following them.


Image: Since 1916, Sydney Missionary and Bible College (SMBC) has been training men and women for gospel service by Sydney Missionary Bible College

Makeover Shows Causing Envy, Jealousy

June 15th, 2015 Viewed 1245 times

Stop Looking! Fashion Runway 2011 by Henry JoseI’ve called TLC “The Lust Channel” before, and with good reason.  TLC shows a lot of reality shows geared on telling you that you are not good enough, that your house isn’t good enough, your clothes aren’t good enough, your family isn’t good enough, or your life isn’t good enough.  I’m not sure how much of that is supposed to be learning.

Blanche Johnson asks the question, Do TLC’s makeover shows do more harm than good? and she focuses in on the fashion shows and the messages they give to young women:

“When we suggest to girls already in an early age that developing a great look is more important than forming a well-rounded personality, then we have become an active part of creating a more superficial, heartless society,” Atwal continued. “Also as a mother I say that I want no part of that. Outer beauty can only really shine in the presence of inner beauty.”

What Should TLC do with ‘19 Kids and Counting’?

June 12th, 2015 Viewed 1120 times

Evening Watching Television by flash.pro

It’s been off the air for weeks now, as Fox News reports:

It has been 21 days since In Touch Magazine revealed that the eldest Duggar son sexually abused five females, several of them being his sisters, when he was a teenager in 2002 and 2003.

While TLC, a network under the umbrella of Discovery communications, promptly pulled the long running reality series from its schedule after the news broke, it hasn’t made an official cancellation announcement. By comparison last year TLC canned “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” just one day after it was disclosed that the June Shannon, the matriarch on the show, was dating a convicted child molester. Sister network Discovery yanked “Sons of Guns” 16 days after learning star Will Hayden was charged with sexual abuse.  – Three weeks and counting, TLC still silent on future of ’19 Kids and Counting’

Should the show come back?  Let’s look at the arguments:

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Standing in the Gap in a Society that's Warring with God.