Posted on Oct 22nd, 2013 | 4 comments
Joe McKeever shares ten things that happen when a pastor commits adultery…
1. His ministry is gone.
2. His humiliation is severe.
3. Those who believed in him and supported him feel betrayed.
4. People whom he was trying to reach for Christ now have a convenient excuse to fall away.
5. His family is wounded, perhaps irreparably.
6. Atheists and others hostile to the Christian faith have a field day.
7. His future ministry – once re-established – is more limited.
8. Other pastors are tainted by being in the same profession as he is.
9. The pastor’s victim has been wounded...
Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | 18 comments
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...
Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | 24 comments
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...
Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | 0 comments
It was really because this person did that…
There’s enough blame in the world to go around.
And, working in the church over the years… the church is no exception.
CYA doesn’t just apply in the business world. It’s prominent in the church as well. Just ask anyone who works for someone in the church that has been the scapegoat for someone else’s bad decision or a program that wasn’t going well.
I’ve been there. And you probably have to. At some point.
All of us suffer from Anthony Weiner syndrome at some point. Here’s what I...
Posted on Oct 21st, 2013 | 3 comments
A new show offers to help church ‘reestablish themselves in the marketplace, not so they can turn themselves into profitable enterprises, but so they can continue spreading the good word to their followers.’
Yes… that’s a new show on the National Geographic channel.
Here’s the press release. Question: will you be watching?
Religious institutions are the foundation of many communities across America. The United States is home to more than 300,000 religious congregations, and nearly four out of five Americans identify themselves with some type of religious belief. In...
Posted on Oct 17th, 2013 | 1 comment
Larry Osborne writes:
I’ve made it a personal priority to make sure that our young eagles have a place at our leadership table. I see it as my role to enhance their influence within our church, making sure that they are supported, protected, and listened to.
But I have to admit, it’s not always appreciated, especially by middle-aged eagles who think that tenure should be the primary determiner of influence.
I understand their reluctance. Young eagles can make a mess in the cage. They’re impatient. They lack the wisdom that comes with experience. In short, they make the same dumb mistakes that the...
Posted on Oct 17th, 2013 | 0 comments
A recent national survey of pastors and church staff shows that the majority of senior pastor respondents (51%) received salary increases “in the past year.” This is an increase of 11 percentage points compared to the previous study.
Senior pastor average salaries are the highest they’ve been since Christianity Today started tracking compensation data. This year, average pay slightly surpasses rates earned in 2006, the next highest paid year.
This survey, conducted and compiled by Christianity Today and reported on in the 2014-2015 Compensation Handbook for Church Staff, is based on...
Posted on Oct 17th, 2013 | 0 comments
The best opportunity you’ve got to grow and to make an impact is to seek out the, “I don’t get it,” moments, and then work at it and noodle on it and discuss it until you do get it. Analogies and metaphors are your friends. Dense lyrics, almost indecipherable prose, mysterious successes–these are the places where you will leap forward.
Posted on Oct 17th, 2013 | 30 comments
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...
Posted on Oct 16th, 2013 | 34 comments
Huh. What do you think of this excerpt?
This past Sunday, Pastor Carpenter told the Redemption World Outreach Center that his wife, Hope Hilley Carpenter, had committed adultery many times during the past ten years of their twenty year marriage.
He also told the Greenville, S.C. church that Hope voluntarily checked herself into a one-year rehab clinic where she is in isolation for evaluation. Pastor Carpenter also informed his congregation that a therapist said his wife “was the worst case they had ever seen.”
“There is a sickness, there is a whole other dual life that I am finding...
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