08 August 2012 11:06 PM
More debate on church’s decision to put sex offender in leadership role
"On Sunday, we wrote dueling columns about the welcome Skillman Church of Christ has extended to registered sex offender Chuck Adair. Today, we’re discussing reaction to those columns and offering some further thoughts.
Steve: Jack, you certainly won in the court of public opinion. Your harder line against Adair returning as a minister was widely praised. My enthusiasm for his rehabilitation met almost universal scorn.
Call me crazy, but I stand by my belief that this church stands as a near-perfect example of how fallen people can be cautiously, lovingly restored. Yes, even sex offenders.
There seems to be a lot of hysteria surrounding sex offenders these days, like they’re all hopeless monsters straight from Silence of the Lambs. In truth, sex offenders have some of the lowest recidivism rates."
Steve Blow: A sinner welcomed home and a church to admire
Monday, 06 May 2013 12:19
Accused, abused and confused
"The likelihood a sex offender attends your church is incredibly high, an Assembly seminar audience was told.
Paul Rosier, a retired Baptist minister and Justice of the Peace said this during a video presentation at the start of a seminar on Sunday afternoon entitled 'The Accused, The Abused and the Confused: Pastoral Care for all those in churches affected by sex offenders.'"