Supplemental documentation for USA Today article on Oakwood Baptist Church

Yesterday, our story was published in a USA Today article titled "The tongue is a fire’: Southern Baptist church fractures over secrets and spiritual abuse" by Tricia Nadolny. Some external information was referenced in the story, which I have documented below. Note that the content of this blog entry may be updated or edited as necessary."Foose …

Descending: Part Nine of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

This is blog post nine in this series, and since I started blogging, I have been asked numerous times "how much more is there?"  I can say that there is no firm number, as I'm mainly transcribing and commenting on the journal I created back in the 90's. Some topics have led me down a …

The Answer: Part Eight of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

This Narrowgate story is a tragedy in Three Acts, and at this point in the story, the curtain is officially rising for Act Two. And I will warn you - if you thought things up to this point were bizarre, I can only quote Randy Bachman of the Bachman - Turner Overdrive: "you ain't seen …

Prosperity: Part Seven of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Sometimes, when the spirit moves me, I can do many wondrous things. I want to know when the spirit moves you - Did ye get healed? (Van Morrison) At this time, many people in Narrowgate were in significant debt.  As a result, the teaching of financial prosperity gained more prominence.  We were taught that it …

Game Over

Master of puppets, I'm pulling your strings Twisting your mind and smashing your dreams Blinded by me, you can't see a thing Just call my name 'cause I'll hear you scream Master, master!     (Metallica) During summer of 2019, we were on a relaxing vacation in the Poconos.  I remember sitting out on the screened-in …

White Wedding: Part Five of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

Come on it's a nice day for a white wedding. It's a nice day to start again! (Billy Idol) One of the couples within the group, Ava & James, got married on March 16, 1996. They had become an official couple while in Narrowgate, and asked Liam to officiate the wedding ceremony. James was one of …

Nomads: Part Four of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

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And the road becomes my bride. I have stripped of all but pride, so in her I do confide. And she keeps me satisfied, gives me all I need (Metallica) Now that Narrowgate was banned from meeting on campus, we met in various locations as a temporary arrangement as we worked things out.  It was about this …

Special Report: Part Three of My Life Inside the Narrowgate Cult at Messiah College

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I think that I'm now somewhat caught up and have filled in as much detail as I can. Thank you for your patience while I got my chronological crap together. Also, thank you for humoring me in sharing some of the back story of how Pooky and I met and became a couple. We truly …