Nice tune, eh?

While I am humming the Stevie Wonder part of that chummy song, I think of an unlikely tandem not often read about in ecumenical circles – Creflo & Gregory Dollar.

OK, HiScrivener. I’ve heard of – and laughed at – one of them, but who’s that other guy? Well, for starters, he is the white adopted son of TBN-evangelist Creflo and skilled TV producer of Dad’s show (no smarmy comment, he’s good at his gig) .

love-in-the-darknessI KNOW?!

Evidently, he has a book coming out, “Love in the Darkness: My Life as Creflo Dollar’s Son” and is making the rounds with the media (I know… insert your jokes here. There’s a few of them that can be applicable).

Dude even has a customized, and albeit morose, MySpace page.

In it, [Greg] Dollar tells of how “a white boy, unusually abused, out of control, and hurting, was rescued by a black man.” It continues, “Gregory Campbell is forced to grow up too fast and too hard,” explains the official synopsis of the book, referring to Dollar by the surname of a former stepfather.

This is a perplexing story.

On one hand, you have a preacher – a talented teacher – who by any conceivable comprehension has traversed down a path where the Gospel serves him instead of the other way around. And then you have a guy with a church of eight who meets this tortured soul and snatches him, despite color, creed or culture, and takes him in from the cold.

To add to the drama, and precarious timing, we have this:

His father’s critics, however, will likely see the book as an attempt to paint a sympathetic view of the prosperity preacher, who is one of the six televangelists under investigation over allegations of opulent spending and possible abuse of their nonprofit status.

Yeah, there’s that. But, call me a sap. I choose to celebrate with the younger Dollar and his Prodigal Son story. He is the epitome of that parable – out and about and still welcomed inside. And that, regardless of the faux exterior of righteousness, warms my heart… if only for a while.

  1. Pamela says:

    LOL I could have worded that better.

    I know a lot of single parents. It is a difficult task for two parents to raise a child. It is really something to for one person to do so. To choose to be a parent as an unmarried person is truly commendable, especially in this situation where Creflo knew the problems this youngster had.

    I know of one gal that adopted two small children a few years back. It was not the same situation that Creflo had but still to choose to be a parent without a spouse is something. My hats off to her.

  2. hiscrivener says:

    Which troubled one? The “unmarried person” or the child? HA!

    Yeah, you’re right, Pamela. He kept this relationship out of the public for the most part. And you’re right about the timing.

    He (the elder Dollar) deserves credit for this, regardless of the timing of the book is shady. What’s in the book definitely is not.

  3. Pamela says:

    When I used to watch Creflo years ago he talked about him. At the time I did not know his age. I just knew that he had reached out to him I believe before he married Taffi. He did not mention him that often. However a couple of times when he did he mentioned that he was having troubles. At that point I figured that he was an older child. He finally adopted the fellow at some point. I believe this is when he took Dollar as his last name.

    I have to commend any unmarried person that will take on a child, especially a troubled one.

  4. Vaughn says:

    Short term memory loss,

    I now see CAMPBELL

  5. Vaughn says:

    A white boy out of control? This has an appeal to the black audience with this statement, because white men don’t use that word (white boy) when referring to themselves. And if he was helped up in his journey then credit ought to go to where credit is do, don’t you think.

    Man/hero worship is prevalent in today’s society, just a social norm, when in times past this wasn’t the case.

    Was Dollar his birth name?

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