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Spiritual adviser: ‘Darkness’ gripped Mark Sanford
Boston Herald.com ^ | 6/29/09 | AP

Posted on 07/01/2009 4:40:37 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta

Each Sunday afternoon in May, Gov. Mark Sanford and his wife hosted five other couples at the executive mansion for a spiritual "boot camp."

Topics discussed during the hour-and-a-half-long sessions included forgiveness and "not loving your wife as Christ loved the church."

The Culbertsons have a waiting list for their boot camps, which they’ve held for about four years.

They often hold the Bible study groups at their spacious colonial house overlooking Lake Katherine.

The Sanfords asked to take part and even offered the governor’s mansion as a meeting place.

Culbertson said the course is "pretty intense." He quizzes prospective participants and asks them not to start the course if they don’t intend to take it seriously.

"But they both committed to doing the work," he said, "and they both did all the work."

Besides Bible readings and prayer, the Culbertsons stage what they call a "date night," where spouses interview each other.

Culbertson said the boot camp is "not a marriage course, but marriages benefit from it."

"Because it challenges husbands and wives to talk about things eternal that typically we won’t do unless we’re in a structured environment," he said.

"So it’s to challenge you — in your spiritual life, in your walk with the Lord."

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biblestudy; gopimplosion; sanford

1 posted on 07/01/2009 4:40:37 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Something else got “gripped”.


2 posted on 07/01/2009 4:45:01 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Darkness ain’t all that gripped Sanford...


3 posted on 07/01/2009 4:46:16 AM PDT by joejm65
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To: Dallas59

Darn,beat me by much!


4 posted on 07/01/2009 4:47:07 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

I just woke up 3 minutes before you!


5 posted on 07/01/2009 4:48:25 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

JUST REsIGN AND GO AWAY YOU SLEAZEBAG


6 posted on 07/01/2009 4:48:32 AM PDT by Mr. K (physically unabel to proofreed (<---oops))
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Heck, given the right woman, darkness is in HER grip.


7 posted on 07/01/2009 4:49:30 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Rent this space.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Culbertson said the boot camp is "not a marriage course, but marriages benefit from it."

Riiiiight. Better rethink your ad campaign, bud.

8 posted on 07/01/2009 4:49:51 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (So close to Postal.)
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To: joejm65

Sorry to be “judgemental” but Sanford is a POS who lied to his wife, friends, constituents and even his spiritual advisor. His best option now is to shut up and go away. No more revelations about other affairs or details of this one. Just fade into oblivion...


9 posted on 07/01/2009 4:52:17 AM PDT by Russ (Repeal the 17th amendment)
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To: Mr. K
His tears fall like rain...


10 posted on 07/01/2009 4:52:46 AM PDT by Dallas59 ("You know the one with the big ears? He might be yours, but he ain't my president.")
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To: Dallas59

I have to remember to log on first before I feed the cats!


11 posted on 07/01/2009 4:53:22 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Is Sanford the source for all these intimate details? If so, something is seriously wrong with the man and if not, he sure does have a lot of enemies.


12 posted on 07/01/2009 4:54:46 AM PDT by randita
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I didn’t initially think he should resign but geez, think of your family for a change mister! TMI every time he opens his mouth and his latest blathering makes me seriously question his competency to hold office.


13 posted on 07/01/2009 4:56:56 AM PDT by visualops (portraits.artlife.us or visit my freeper page)
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To: visualops

That has always been my problem with the bozo politicians. If you ain’t smart enough to not get caught doing an affair, you ain’t smart enough to be in office.


14 posted on 07/01/2009 5:06:10 AM PDT by DooDahhhh (AMEN)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Horndawg


15 posted on 07/01/2009 5:07:06 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

The Devil made him do it.....here come da judge


16 posted on 07/01/2009 5:08:36 AM PDT by metalcor
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Funny how the MSM is all a twitter about a man who's separated from his wife having an affair - but when gay white men try to sell a black 5 year old for rape parties, there's no outrage.

Think about it.

17 posted on 07/01/2009 5:09:26 AM PDT by GOPJ (Duke University official offers to SELL a black five year old for rape parties & the MSM looks away?)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
spiritual "boot camp."

Creepy.
18 posted on 07/01/2009 5:13:19 AM PDT by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

In the days of Moses the law of God would call upon Sanford to take his mistress as an additional wife. Guess polygamy would solve this whole thing.


19 posted on 07/01/2009 5:13:30 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Go
Charlie Murphy!
20 posted on 07/01/2009 5:15:53 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
At first read, I thought Culbertson is being used....royally, by Sanford.

But after reading the last part where Culbertson doesn't think Sanford should resign.... I think Culbertson is just as caught up in the power grab as Sanford.

And I find it distasteful and disgusting.

IMO, Culbertson needs some remedial in the Scriptures.

21 posted on 07/01/2009 5:26:57 AM PDT by Guenevere
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Evidently this spiritual advisor thought nothing of dismissing their privacy.

A bit of publicity is more important than the people he was professing to help.


22 posted on 07/01/2009 5:33:48 AM PDT by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Bushwacker777

Then why didn’t Issac have more?
Learn The Bible, bud.


23 posted on 07/01/2009 5:36:01 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

What a bunch of new age nonsense!


24 posted on 07/01/2009 5:38:13 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration ("Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people".-John Adams)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

Sanford, according to his bio, is an Episcopalian. Therefore, he’s allowed all the carnal sinning known since Adam abandoned Eve for Lilith!


25 posted on 07/01/2009 5:48:36 AM PDT by meandog (Doh!)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

All these deep explanations, the mystery of it all! How could it happen?!

It’s really not that complicated.


26 posted on 07/01/2009 5:55:51 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: visualops

Ditto. If I were his wife (speaking as a woman) I’d be more embarassed by the emails than the affair. He sounds like a Class A loser. Soulmate...PLEASE!! Throw a hook around this guy and get him off the stage.


27 posted on 07/01/2009 6:21:26 AM PDT by NoExpectations
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To: NoExpectations

***Soulmate...PLEASE!! Throw a hook around this guy and get him off the stage.***

Agreed! Give him ten years of marriage with his mistress, and look at her surprise when he gets tired of the day-to-day problem solving and he leaves for a new “soulmate.”


28 posted on 07/01/2009 6:54:17 AM PDT by kitkat
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
Spiritual adviser: ‘Darkness’ gripped Mark Sanford

Ya Think?

29 posted on 07/01/2009 6:54:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kitkat
Agreed! Give him ten years of marriage with his mistress, and look at her surprise when he gets tired of the day-to-day problem solving and he leaves for a new “soulmate.”

Methinks by the time he goes down Argentina way, the "soulmate" will have already moved on to her next "John."

30 posted on 07/01/2009 6:56:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: onedoug

Polygamy, except in certain cases where it was mandated by Mosaic Law, was something left up to the individual. You could have 1 wife as Isaac or 4 wives as in Jacob. It was individual choice.


31 posted on 07/01/2009 7:16:21 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Dallas59

I was thinking the same thing... :-)


32 posted on 07/01/2009 8:07:24 AM PDT by Star Traveler (The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Zionist and Jerusalem is the apple of His eye.)
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To: Bushwacker777

And NONE of the polygamous marriages in The Bible was a happy one but rather given over to grief and bastardization.

As I said....


33 posted on 07/01/2009 9:04:46 AM PDT by onedoug (SARAH!)
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To: Bushwacker777

Abraham + 2nd wife = Ishmael

Any questions?


34 posted on 07/01/2009 9:33:35 AM PDT by chickpundit (Palin '12)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta
It isn't his sex life we should focus on.

It's because he deliberately misused State travel funds and went AWOL that he should "step down". If he hadn't been "caught" he'd still be charging his trips to the taxpayer.

Oh, but wait..he said he'd pay back the money. So that makes it all right? I don't think so.

Goodbye Governor.

35 posted on 07/01/2009 9:40:14 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife ) (Who will lead us?)
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To: onedoug

Wow, then if Jacob had not had multiple wives then there never would have been the 12 tribes of Israel. So are you willing to re-think your position on good effects of polygamy?

I have head this thing about all polygamist marriages being bad in the OT but there may be two reasons for this:

1) It sounds good but is unsupported by facts.
2) Most marriages described in the OT were polygamist.


36 posted on 07/01/2009 10:39:35 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: chickpundit

And without the Arabs we certainly would not have the technology we have today.


37 posted on 07/01/2009 10:40:58 AM PDT by Bushwacker777
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To: Bushwacker777
Genesis 2:24 is singular, Hebrew -> English, not plural. I didn't make it that way.
38 posted on 07/01/2009 11:25:15 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: Bushwacker777
Guess polygamy would solve this whole thing.

Personally I have no problem with polygamy (or polyandry), as long as it's voluntary for all parties, which clearly wouldn't be the case here. And polygamy wouldn't help a bit in the solving the rather huge problem, that this nutjob keeps throwing press conferences to share intimate details of his sexual and romantic and tortured internal emotional life with the entire world.

It's already reached a point where I don't think any South Carolina jury would convict his wife if she put a bullet between his eyes.

39 posted on 07/01/2009 6:52:20 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: spectre

Exactly. But I think it’s also valid to focus on his repeated public performances in which he tells the whole world a lot more than we want to know about the details of his various relationships. And telling the whole world how his Argentinian lover is his “soulmate” in the same breath as telling the whole world he’s committed to saving his marriage, is just way, way over the top. He’s displaying massive mental instability that’s totally incompatible with being the governor of a US state. His wife should be trying to have him committed to a psychiatric institution.


40 posted on 07/01/2009 7:02:43 PM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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