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Our weekly look at things going on in ministry… with my friend Matt Steen.  This week we talk about a bunch of stuff you just can’t make up:  things on Billy Graham, a book on Biblical womanhood (and the debate over the ‘v’ word), a straight Christian man who writes a book about what it’s like to be gay, a rabbi who gets caught doing something horrible (using an iPhone), plus why your church should be an airport and not a destination. There’s not much serious in this week’s podcast… but it sure was fun.  I hope you enjoy our jockularity… you might even agree with us on a thing or two.  🙂 Enjoy, if you can! Show Notes: Billy Graham, Mitt Romney, and is Mormonism a Cult? Billy Graham Bought a Whole Page in the Wall Street Journal to Tell You What He Thinks About Gays and Women Rachel Held Evans, Biblical Womanhood, and The V Word. Timothy Kurek, Straight Christian Man, ‘Comes Out’ And Pretends To Be Gay For A Year Archdiocese fights violence with 5,000 ‘Thou shalt not kill’ yard signs Do You Lie to Your Accountability Partner? Why Your Church Must Be An Airport  Rabbi Yitzhak spotted using iPhone, despite ban Sovereign Grace Ministries, Evangelical Church, Hid Child Abuse Claims Churches say social networking twice as effective as anything else
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As a prominent evangelical pastor and supporter of Texas Gov. Rick Perry is taking heat for calling Mormonism a “cult,” a newly released poll says most Protestant pastors in U.S. agree that Mormons are not Christians. Three out of four pastors surveyed by Southern Baptist-affiliated LifeWay Research said they disagreed with the statement that Mormons are Christians. The poll was conducted in October 2010 but was not released until Sunday (Oct. 9). The poll of 1,000 Protestant clergy reflects a continuing a challenge for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Mormon, in connecting with evangelicals, who are a key GOP constituency. Reponses to the poll differed somewhat by denomination, with two-thirds (67 percent) of evangelicals strongly disagreeing that Mormons are Christians, compared to only 48 percent of mainline Protestants. via The Washington Post. OK… so let’s say that Mitt Romney wins the Republican nomination.  Are you more prone to take on mormonism from your church’s pulpit?  If so, what will you say about Mormonism?  Is it a cult? How will you respond? Todd
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First Baptist Church of Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress last week introduced Rick Perry at a major conference of Christian conservatives as “a genuine follower of Jesus Christ” and then walked outside and attacked Mitt Romney’s religion, calling the Mormon Church a cult and stating that Mr. Romney “is not a Christian.” The Perry campaign sought to put some distance between Mr. Perry and Mr. Jeffress, stating that the governor “does not believe Mormonism is a cult” and that Mr. Jeffress was chosen to speak by the organizers of the event, the Values Voter Summit, which was put on by the Family Research Council, the American Family Association and other evangelical Christian groups. via NYTimes.com. // OK… what do you think of this? Do most of us (and maybe I’m speaking out of turn here) view Mormonism as a cult? Was Jeffress right to call it that publicly? Was Jeffress right to say that Romney is not a Christian? Even if that’s what he thinks (and even if I might agree with him)… should he have said it? It certainly wasn’t the politically correct thing to say. So… my question to you… should he have said that?  Give a brief explanation of why you think he should have or shouldn’t have. Todd
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