Second-guessing Louie. An open letter to Louie Giglio

Bryan Fischer from the American Family Association and Renew America has published an open letter to Louie Giglio essentially telling him he has been fuzzy on his current view of homosexuality.  I publish it hear in its entirity since it was a public letter.  I’d love to hear your comments.  I have some… but I’d love to hear yours.  :) Here’s the letter: Dear Pastor Giglio, As a former pastor, I have admired your work for many years. Your winsomeness and appealing demeanor have made you a very effective communicator of the unchanging truth of the gospel. I applaud you...
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Elders that are jerks

Confession. I’m an elder. And I’m a jerk. So this article resonated with me.  It’s by Jonathan Leeman and discusses attitudes of elders during meetings.  Jonathan writes: I trust this is not true of all churches, but I have discovered that elder meetings can have an unexpectedly difficult social dynamic. There you sit at the table with a number of godly men. You are hashing out this or that issue. And somehow the room feels tense, even political! “Why is he contradicting me?” “Is he just posturing?” “Why did he say it like that?” “What a jerk!” Truth be told, you can...
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Joel Hunter: 5 Prayers God Always Answers

How is a guy supposed to pray? Joel Hunter offers five prayers that God will always answer (in a recent post at MinistryToday): 1:”Lord, get me out of this temptation!” Believe it or not, when we earnestly pray this prayer, we have to climb over God’s impediments to sin! 2: “Lord, amaze me with a glimpse of the supernatural.” As shallow as this sounds, this isn’t the same as a generation always looking for signs. This prayer is a request to see God’s hand in our lives and appreciate His nearness. He loves to reveal Himself above all rational explanation, but...
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Church: Horses can help cure homosexuality

Interesting story: An American church is promising gay men they will be cured of their homosexuality if they stroke horses. The Cowboy Church of Virginia, led by chief pastor Raymond Bell, believes homosexuality and other ‘addictions’ can be cured by Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Horse therapy, in the right hands, can be used to help overcome fears, develop communication skills, and is generally beneficial to mental health. But Bell says the horses in his church, a cowboy ranch in the south, are part of teaching men to stop being gay and encourage them to be more masculine. ‘EAP can help any...
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Christian Leaders Respond to Sandy Hook

The response has been wide and varied in the religious community about the recent shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Here are some of the responses I was able to find on the internet this morning: Rev. Gary Hall, Dean of the Washington National Cathedral: The Christian community, indeed, the entire American faith community, can no longer tolerate this persisting and escalating gun violence against our people. Enough is enough,” said Hall, who is the dean of the cathedral… The best way in my thinking to mourn the Sandy Hook shooting is to mobilize the faith community...
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Safeguarding against Sexual Abuse in YOUR church

I have heard many times, “we never thought it would happen to us”. Of course, the only people that ever say that are people that it happened to. Jared Wilson has some great ideas of what YOUR church should do to protect yourself from abuse and charges of abuse in your church.  These are great suggestions.  You really need to act on these before you find yourself as ‘one of those people’ who didn’t think it would ever happen to them: 1. All employees and all childcare and youth volunteers, or anyone else who has regular contact with children in the church or as a...
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Oh snap. Megachurch pastor divorce sheds light on bad church/personal finance decisions for Eddie Long

This is a great example of how NOT to run your church finances, or your personal finances for that matter. Eddie Long has had a rough couple of years… various sexual allegations with young men that were settled out of court, declining membership at his megachurch, and now a divorce… which is bringing new details into view of how convoluted the finances are between Long’s church and his personal finances. And the local TV news investigative reporter is all over the story.  Lesson:  Keep your personal finances personal, and don’t mix it up and blur the lines with the church.  I...
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Church Conflict: Why not rather just be wronged?

Truth be told.  We’ve all been there. Conflict in church settings in inevitable. When should we stay and fight, and when should we leave? That’s a tough question. Joe McKeever makes an impassioned plea about the reputation of the Body of Chris when these conflicts happen. He asks the question (and I think it’s a good one):  Why can’t we just walk away and let ourselves be wronged? In some cases… it really is probably the best answer. Joe writes: Why not let yourself be wronged?  Why not just “take your lumps” and walk away? Do it… for God’s sake. His honor is at...
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Pastoral Accountability: Are there red flags you should be watching?

Anyone in the church or even outside the church is all too familiar with the long chain of stories concerning ministries and leaders that have been shipwrecked by scandal.  It’s an unfortunate black eye that the bride of Christ has had to sport for far too long. However, it is also a reality of ministry because in the end churches are made up of imperfect people and imperfect people make mistakes, sometimes catastrophic ones.  This being said, I think it is fair to say that by in large most church scandals involve one of two things … money or sex, sometimes both.  Why is this? Well, I’m sure...
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City sets up “First Amendment Zone” where it’s ok to preach

From the Duluth News Tribune: Two Northland preachers are back in federal court alleging that the city of Duluth and Bentleyville Tour of Lights are again violating their constitutional rights to profess their faith inside the holiday lighting display. The preachers – Steve Jankowski of Duluth and Peter Scott of Hibbing, along with the religious freedom groups Alliance Defending Freedom and the Center for Religious Expression — filed a motion Tuesday in federal district court in Minneapolis asking a judge to order the city of Duluth to let them into Bentleyville. City officials have countered that...
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