Fad theology and church crisis

I was reading an interesting article at MentalFloss today that talked about popular diet tips from 100 years ago.  Among them were: Mere napping about for those who already have too much rest and luxury is suicidal to both mind and body. Oversleeping at any time makes one stupid and logy, yes — fat. Do not drink much water. A little lemon juice added to it will make it less fattening. First and most important, drink very little, as little as possible, and only red or white wine, preferably Burgundy, or tea or coffee slightly alcoholized. Banish all thoughts of going back to bed. Instead begin your...
read more

What happens when a pastor commits adultery

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...
read more

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...
read more

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...
read more

Pastors, Scapegoating and Misplaced Blame

If only… 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...
read more

New Series: Church Rescue

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...
read more

Why you need to make room at the top

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...
read more

51% of pastors got a raise last year. Did you?

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...
read more

But I just don’t get it.

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. Seth Godin
read more

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...
read more
×

TWO WEEKS FREE: This week's top 50 stories for pastors & church leaders... Subscribe today and get your first two weeks FREE!

Switch to our mobile site