Rural Church Ministers to Sex Offenders
The National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" aired a story today about pastor Dick Witherow, who has opened a church and created a community in rural Palm Beach County, Florida, for a group of people whom he calls "modern day lepers": convicted sex offenders.
The church is located out in the wilderness in more ways than one. And yet the name of the isolated community where it is found is "Miracle Park."
Picture a rural church where most of the people making their way to the altar to receive communion are wearing ankle bracelets or electronic monitors on their belts.
Read or listen to this story, and be challenged again how scandalous the gospel of forgiveness is, and how radical and controversial is this thing called "church."