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Ep. 57: Boy Scouts of America & The Importance of Youth Protection Policies

On today’s program, John MacArthur’s California church is cleared by local health officials as being the source of a COVID outbreak.  We have the latest in our “Shining Light” series of stories.  This week we feature a ministry that provides a safe place for children and their mothers who are recovering from substance abuse.  We begin today with the story of the Boy Scouts.  Monday was the deadline set by a bankruptcy court for filing a sex-abuse claim against the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).  The number of claims filed has exceeded 92,000, literally ten times more than the 9,000 claims filed in Catholic Church cases.

I have a correction and apology for all my friends in Texas.  Last week we did a story that included mention of the grocery store chain H.E.B.  The only problem is, I pronounced it Heb, which was, I found out deeply offensive to many of my friends in the Lone Star State.  H.E.B. is a beloved institution there, and I’ve had a few Texans who heard my mispronunciation tell me, in the words of Lyle Lovett, “That’s right, you’re not from Texas.”  I began to get concerned that I might have one of them administer their manly footwear to my saddle facing side.  So in hopes of preventing that:  Let me just say that I apologize to the good folks of Texas, and the next time I’m in Dallas I look forward to buying you a cup of coffee at Central Market.

Final Notes:  If you want to dig deep into any of the stories we’ve discussed, go to MinistryWatch.com.  Also, a heads-up that on this week’s MinistryWatch Extra podcast episode, I talk with Dr. Robert Myers, the president of Toccoa Falls College, a small college that is bucking the trends in Christian higher education because they are not only surviving but thriving.  We talk about what they’re doing, and why.

Each week, MinistryWatch brings you news about Christian ministries, as well as the latest in charity and philanthropy, news that we examine from a Christian worldview perspective.  Our goal is to help us become better stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us.

The producers for today’s program are Rich Roszel and Steve Gandy.  We get database and other technical support from Cathy Goddard, Stephen DuBarry, and Casey Sudduth.  Writers who contributed to today’s program include Anne Stych, Steve Rabey, Bethany Starin, Adelle Banks, Warren Smith, and Christina Darnell.  Thanks to our friends at the Non-Profit Times for contributing material to this week’s program.