Pastor: Your paycheck is ‘church welfare’

Whoa. That’s what historian David Barton said in a recent interview.  It starts at about the 2:45 mark: Barton  said: “What they (pastors) believe is that they can’t survive without it. Now, I’m a big believer in the way Paul did it. Paul was bivocational. He had his own income so that he wasn’t dependent on a church…Right now what happens is so many ministers depend on their church, and I’m sorry, I often call it church welfare. These are guys that get their check from the church and they don’t want to mess with their check, don’t want to...
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Benny Hinn sets off guy at the airport

I’m not sure what is more troubling here… the guy going off on Benny Hinn, or the size of Benny Hinn’s body guards. Or the pink shirt Benny is wearing. Take your pick, I guess. Thoughts? Todd
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How much time should you spend on social media?

So… how much time SHOULD you devote to social media?  Maybe this will give you some insight… HT:...
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Losing it in the pulpit

Do you know I love you? Cause I’m the real deal. You can’t get this in any other church. Inexcusable use of the pulpit. So many things wrong here. How dare you establish your own kingdom in the video room. Thoughts?
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Should religious convictions be set in stone?

Michael Brown writes: In her recent article on CNN’s Belief Blog, popular writer Rachel Held Evans explains, “There’s a misconception among many faithful folks that religious convictions, by their very nature, are set in stone,” further noting, “People who change their minds are called flip-floppers or backsliders, accused of capitulating to culture and ‘conforming to the world.’” Evans, who states that she “grew up in a religious environment that vilified LGBT people,” still identifies as an evangelical Christian but has had a change of heart in her viewpoint on homosexuality,...
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Trailer Teases With Lavish, Dramatic Lifestyles of Six Mega-Pastors

Fast cars, lavish mansions in swanky neighborhoods, infidelity and angst-filled episodes are on full display in the prosperous lifestyles of six megachurch pastors featured in a trailer for the new reality show, “Preachers of L.A.,” slated for the Oxygen network this fall. More here: Trailer Teases With Lavish, Dramatic Lifestyles of Six Mega-Pastors Clarence McClendon, Ron Gibson, Noel Jones  Never heard of any of these guys (not that that makes a difference)… but this program is NOT helpful. This is… what… the third or fourth program like this? And there are probably...
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If You Don’t Do It Now, You’ll Have Even More Work Later

Are you procrastinating on simple tasks? Here’s a simple tip from Craig Jarrow:  You say you don’t have enough time to get everything done. Yet, when you put things off, you are actually creating more work for yourself. Do that task now, or it will take you even longer later. Putting Off Work… Creates More Work Have you ever had a simple task that should have only taken a few minutes to complete, but because you put if off, it took much longer? For example: That quick cleanup job (that has now built up to a pile…) Reconciling your finances (and now you have to review months of...
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The End of an Era: Crystal Cathedral Holds Last Service Before Relocating

The Crystal Cathedral, which sold its campus to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange in 2011 due to financial troubles, held its final service on Sunday before swapping facilities with a nearby Catholic sanctuary. Read more here:  Crystal Cathedral Holds Last Service Before Relocating If you like keeping up on stories like this one, you’ll LOVE Ministry Briefing.  Check out the new edition just released… we cover over 250 current events and cultural trends that you need to read about.  Download for your iPhone, iPad, Android, Smartphone, Tablet, or computer...
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Why gay marriage is good & bad for the church

Whoa… hold it right there. How in the world could gay marriage be GOOD for the church? Trevin Wax shares the good and the bad.  Here’s a short synopsis: Christians believe marriage is defined by God and recognized by government. But many today believe marriage is defined by government and must be recognized by all. For this reason, I’m not optimistic about the trends concerning marriage and family in the United States after the Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings on June 26. Neither am I sure of what all this means for those who, in good conscience, stand against the tide. But I am...
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A Brief History of Swearing

OK… I may be a little weird… but this book looks interesting. Here’s the synopsis on this book on ‘a brief history of swearing’: Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. Whether they express anger or exhilaration, are meant to insult or to commend, swear words perform a crucial role in language. But swearing is also a uniquely well-suited lens through which to look at history, offering a fascinating record of what people...
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