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  • Those were my words when the first accusations against Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek, came out in the Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today last spring. My words were in response to a group of men who asked how it felt for me, knowing I had served on staff at the church for four years in the 1990’s. Those words still hold true for me today; they are just stronger. As weeks have gone by more women have courageously stepped forward to reveal shocking stories of harassment, intimidation and inappropriate behavior they say they experienced from Hybels. He still denies the accusations and the elders are now re-investigating the claims, after months of their own denials and unkind characterizations against the women.

  • It's taken me quite awhile to learn this lesson. I now know it's true. Wisdom from Seth Godin: What “no” means I’m too busy I don’t trust you This isn’t on my list My boss won’t let me I’m afraid of moving this forward I’m not the person you think I am I don’t have the resources you think I do I’m not the kind of person that does things like this I don’t want to open the door to a long-term engagement Thinking about this will cause me to think about other things I just don’t want to deal with What it doesn’t mean: