Arvella, who testified on Tuesday and again Wednesday morning, was in charge of the finances. At times, Schuller appeared to contradict previous sworn statements filed in court documents. For example, a declaration he signed stated the Crystal Cathedral Ministries exploited his intellectual property on the Internet. But when asked about it on Wednesday, Schuller said he did not know. When asked again by his own attorney if the Crystal Cathedral had permission to sell his material on the Internet, Schuller said: “I need to discuss that with the Lord.” Schuller had trouble remembering answers to other questions, including statements he had made in a court declaration and a sworn deposition. For example: does the ministry owe him $55,226 for a housing allowance? asked attorney Todd Ringstad, who represents the creditors owed money following the 2010 bankruptcy of the Crystal Cathedral. “I didn’t even know they owe me that. I don’t try to remember what people owe me,” Schuller responded. More here…Robert Schuller took the stand on Wednesday in his trial against Crystal Cathedral Ministries. Schulller and his wife say the ministry owes them at least $5 million dollars. Here are some details of the proceedings from the Orange County Register: Throughout his nearly two hours of testimony, Schuller was firm on one idea: he had always allowed the Crystal Cathedral to use his books and other works without receiving royalties but the work was his nonetheless – and not property of the ministry. “We never had anything in writing. We just had an understanding,” Schuller said – “a gentleman’s understanding.” As long as the ministry did not sell his materials to competitors, they could use them for the profit of the Crystal Cathedral. One of the most common uses was the church’s give-away of books to donors of the Hour of Power television program. Schuller did not receive royalties for the books, sharing all the profits with the church, he said. “I allowed the ministry to use it,” Schuller testified. “I did not give ownership to any one.” Questioned by his own attorney, Carl Grumer, Schuller said the church could use his materials –”always with my approval.” He repeatedly stated, in response to opposing counsel’s questions, that he did not expect compensation to himself or to his corporation, Robert H. Inc., for the use of his materials. Schuller also said that his wife,
â€œThe Internet has given atheists, agnostics, skeptics, the people who like to destroy everything that you and I believe, the almost equal access to your kids as your youth pastor and you have… whether you like it or not… Now here is the problem. Going all the way back, when Al Gore invented the Internet [he said jokingly], I made the statement off and on for 10-11 years that the abundance of knowledge, the abundance of information, will not lead to certainty; it will lead to pervasive skepticism. And, folks, thatâ€™s exactly what has happened. Itâ€™s like this. How do you really know, there is so much out thereâ€¦ This abundance [of information] has led to skepticism. And then the Internet has leveled the playing field [giving equal access to skeptics].â€Insert my take here: 1. Â Josh wants to let us know that he was right all along. Â That always stings a little when someone tries to tell me “I told you so”. 2. Â So the increase of information has led to skepticism? Â Seems to me that’s only one side of the coin. Â The internet has also been a tremendous help to Christians. Â Look at all the ministry that goes on online these days. Â Rather, it seems to me that it’s a matter of the glass half full or half empty. Â Sure, the internet has made things like atheism, pornography, and any number of bad things more accessible (even terrorist activity)… but it has also been a great help to education, positive information, and yes… the Church. It can’t all be bad. Â Josh.org (how in the world did he get THAT domain name?) is up and running for business. Maybe I’m getting old. Â Maybe I’m just really cynical. Â But Christians always dwelling on the negative things or how horrible the world is is a little tiring for me. Instead of just telling us what a huge problem something is… give some solutions. Â Come on folks… let’s make it happen. Â If the internet is the biggest threat out there, let’s mobilize and do something about it (other than trying to get atheists banned from the internet). Stirring up the base just stirs up the base. Â It doesn’t create or do anything but get lots of amens. Thoughts? More here. Todd
I truly believe that the onslaught of social media, constant barrage of text messages, unlimited interruptions by email and the perpetual buzzing of a cell phoneâ€¦has created such a wall of sound in our livesâ€¦that we can no longer can hear from God. In the 21st Century the quest for food is no longer the driving force that pulls us from our quest for God. Â What pulls us from our quest for God is the quest forâ€¦connectivity. Â We get distracted from connecting with God to connect with our families through texting, our friends through Facebook and the world through Twitter. We allow our churches to pay for retreats, conferences and events for us to connect with Godâ€¦yet commit the sin of poor stewardship by spending the entire time with our thumbs flailing on the smartphone keyboard. Â We stand in the Â pulpit and declare that God has given us a vision and wordâ€¦yet we never actually hear it because we fail to shut off the computer, smartphone, e-reader or electronic tablet. Â We lay awake in fear at night worrying if we are leading our congregations down the wrong roadâ€¦but not in enough fear to block out the beeps, buzzes, ring tones and pop-up screens.via The Fast Pastors Really Need Â« CHRIS ELROD. What do YOU think? Â Has social media taken over your life? Â Are you addicted? Â Should you go on a social media fast?