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Sticking up for the Soup Nazi

Those of you who read my blog here regularly know that sometimes I like to poke a little fun at Pat Robertson… not because I don’t like Pat Robertson… but because he says some goofy things sometimes (or at least presents some things very differently than I would). Sometimes I agree with him.  Sometimes I don’t. (And for the record, I’d love to sit down and have coffee with Pat some morning… even though I don’t like coffee. Pat has done some incredible things in his life, and I’ve to pick his brain a little.  So, Pat… have your people call my...
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Jerry Jenkins, Gambling, Moody, and one of the last evangelical taboos.

You know Jerry Jenkins, the author and current chairman of Moody Bible Institute. But do you know Jerry Jenkins, the professional gambler? An article over the weekend at World Magazine focuses on Jenkins, who has admitted that he enjoys playing in professional poker tournaments. Jenkins says he’s just a recreational player, but that he realizes that people have an issue with that. (In August, Moody Bible Institute changed their policy to now allow staff members to use tobacco, consume alcohol and gamble while off duty… but the school says the change was not made because of anyone’s...
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Mark Driscoll crashes John MacArthur’s Conference. Says books were confiscated.

So… you can’t make this stuff up. John MacArthur holds a conference in California to try to set the record straight on the charismatic movement (turns out that most involved in the charismatic movement are not even believers according to MacArthur). Mark Driscoll (who has described himself in the past as a charismatic calvinist) is speaking at a conference at the same time a few miles away on how to act like a man. It was the perfect storm. Here’s how it went down. Driscoll (and his friend James MacDonald) decided to join the party and make an appearance during a break at the Strange...
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Knock it off, John MacArthur

Well… that’s the message from Michael Brown (who writes for Charisma Magazine) to John MacArthur. It seems that MacArthur is holding a “Strange Fire” conference right now in Southern California to help pastors ‘evaluate the claims of those in the charismatic movement’ and help those in attendance immerse themselves ‘in the Word of God and sweet fellowship of like-minded believers’. But it appears that charismatics are not what MacArthur would consider ‘like-minded believers’. In fact, a response to Michael Brown’s original article asking...
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Josh McDowell: The greatest threat to the Body of Christ in 2,000 years is…

A very provocative Josh McDowell says that pornography is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years, according to quotes reported in the Christian Post. Here is part of the article.  WARNING:  It is graphic. McDowell emphasized that young people are increasingly becoming addicted to pornography, adding that it is the greatest threat to the body of Christ in 2,000 years. “This is destroying pastors, youth pastors and more Christians than anything by far in history,” said McDowell. “The number one demographic is 12- to 25-year-olds, there’s no difference in and...
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Pastors who Twerk (and innovate)

Agree or disagree? The next time I hear a pastor argue that what the church really needs is more innovative pastors I might lose my hair. Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against innovation or against innovative pastors in principle. The church certainly needs transformation and we desperately need folks with new ideas. My problem is with our temptation to locate innovation with the clergy and the way it perpetuates a savior mythology, one that oppresses them as much as it does us we lay folk. That’s a quote from Patrick Scriven, Director of COmmunications and Young People’s Ministries...
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FIRED! Church fires pastor after officiating same-sex marriage

I guess Rev. Ken Kline Smeltzer from the Church of the Brethren in State College, PA wanted to take a stand. But that personal stand cost him his job. Kline officiated the same-sex marriage of two men in PA, even though same-sex marriage is not legal in the state.  (One county started issuing same-sex marriage licenses even though it’s not legal in the state as of now). After finding out their pastor had officiated the ceremony at the Mayor’s home, the board called him in and fired him. What did he really expect? What would YOUR church do if you attempted such a ceremony? This is where it...
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Church Sucks. (according to pastor)

A Eugene Church is spreading marketing all over town saying that “Church Sucks”. In case you’re wondering… the church actually did take one tip from me (though they didn’t ask permission!)… a 30 minute service.  That’s the first church I’ve seen that’s doing that (which I’ve thought was a winner for a church that is trying to be really targetted to people who don’t normally attend church). Watch the story… I’d love your input… Great way to reach people in Eugene? Would you do a series like this in your town?  Why or...
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A conversation on why same-sex marriage isn’t a big issue for the church in Canada

Culture is changing. One of the most significant issues that our society has dealt with over the past several years is the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage. We have seen the sheer volume of court rulings related to this subject, and if we are honest, we will admit that it seems as though same-sex marriage will soon be the law of the land in the United States. As we sort through stories for each week’s Ministry Briefing, we come across countless stories of churches, Christians, and talking heads sharing their thoughts on the debate… but what we haven’t seen are any stories on what...
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Pat Robertson talks about men in women’s bodies

Pat Robertson takes on transgender issues and sex change operations. Stop taking viewer questions, Pat. Thoughts? Todd  
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