Monday, July 07, 2008

Heroes of the Faith
Resurrecting the popular Heroes of the Faith series, which featured champions like Dwight Moody, Oswald Chambers, and the Elephant Man, IBLP has announced that it will begin writing a contemporary HoF series. This time, the subjects of the booklets will be Heroes of the ATI Faith.

Dr. Bill Gothard will personally write these booklets, and he has proposed focusing on godly young leaders within ATIA who gave up college to come home with their parents and younger siblings to develop character. The Heroes will possibly include Rob Robbins, Loren Elms, Kathy Voyer, the Sammons kids, the McKims, Troy Robinson, and Christiana Reed.

This announcement set off some grumbling among past construction and kitchen crews, who claim to have done all the "real" work building ATI and IBLP. "We were too busy working to just stand around on stage and look good," one disgruntled worker said. "I might not have a four-point testimony, but at least I know how to lay red carpet. You tell me which is more important."

Additional Hero suggestions can be sent here.

UPDATE: An alert reader suggested (how could I forget??) Prem Jacob and the Denton Brothers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is hilarious. I am dying laughing. Especially enjoyed the "elephant man" reference.

6:44 PM  
Anonymous steph. said...

Wasn't Prem Jacob the guy that got caught canoodling with that chick in the Care Team?

Yeah.. I don't think he ever regained status after that.

Loren? Pretty good guy. Smart enough to keep his private life private anyway.

And the Denton Brothers? Biggest flirts in ATI, only to be rivaled by Matthew Heard of the OKTC.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous PV said...

I nominate the Chalk Art guy and the all time favorite "backmasking" Inge Cannon. They both are my personal heroes.

If you want serious, I'll drop my vote for Jason Young.. Wonder what happened to him.??

4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Mr. G's Looong time right hand man... Micheal Lefebve (or however the heck you spell it).

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about Dr. Levandusky of the OKTC? it's been years since i've heard anything from any of these HoFs but can't forget his "struggle" with his overly-developed conscience that wondered if he was taking the "right" book off the shelf. OCD or simply insane, that's one deodorant-shunning bundle of deflected urges i'll never forget.

1:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"overly developed conscience"...

7:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael LeFebvre is the pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian in Indianapolis.

8:00 PM  
Blogger tampamilf said...

I still have the 200. check that Michael Denton wrote me not to leave Oakbrook. 14 years later!! Flirt doesn't even begin to describe it.
Please tell me somewhere there is a X-ATIA convention!!

8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to say I was googling articles on Bill Gothard and the atrocity known as his life and "work" and stumbled across your glorious blog.

I thought I was one of the only people who rejected his narcissistic "I am God" cult, but apparently there are many survivors.

Either way, we had to do all the Christian Heroes books, and I remember Florence Nightingale and the Elephant Man particularly. Those books were hideous and contrived. Do you remember the illustrations? Ahhh, the illustrations.

My family dropped out of ATIA some time after my brother and I were caught taping Star Trek: the Next Generation over instructional videos dad made us watch (we learned from the neighbor kids across the street how to tape over non-recordable VHS tapes --- and yes, we weren't "allowed" to play with those kids after that event and many others). We knew it was wrong (and a few months prior would probably wee ourselves in mere contemplation), but at that point in our respectively 8 and 10 year old lives, it was either live this miserable life, or maybe get killed by dad for standing up for what's right. In the end, we didn't die, but had decided doing so would be comparable to the grotesque ordeal our parents then referred to as "school".

But thanks for having this blog here. Just. Thanks.

3:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bout Robert and Rebecca Greenlaw?
Hieko Dieter?
Oh and two of the biggest bi---es on the planet Amy and Lauren Bell.

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, Heiko was pretty cool.

Christianna Reed??! must have more details on that one!

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I practically grew up with the Denton Family, and I took piano from Lauren Elms at ITC.

1:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, don't forget Amy Bell! And some of the Rodgers from ITC

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Tracy Collins or the Truman Trio? I recently discovered your blog and love it!

10:33 PM  

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