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Megachurch Pastors

The Mega-Problem Behind the ‘Falls’ of Megachurch Pastors

Perry Noble, Darrin Patrick, Tullian Tchividjian. Whose responsibility is this?

Being a pastor is lonely.

I once led at a church where the Senior Pastor resigned due to terrible circumstances. It was a soul-wrenching nightmare of a season. As the campus pastor, also known as the Junior Associate Announcements Pastor, I carried some of the weight of walking with the church through the aftermath of our pastor’s derailing. And during that time, I often heard people say, “I miss him so much, I feel like he really knew me.” To which I would reply kindly, “Had you ever spoken to the pastor?” Inevitably, they would reply, “No. He high-fived me at the VBS party, but we never actually met or talked.”

This is so often the life of a mega-church pastors. They are surrounded by people, yet nobody knows them. We think we know them, but we only know what they show—and they don’t show everything. And really, how can they?

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More Than You Think I Am

The Mormon Temple

How I Escaped the Mormon Temple

After being in the LDS Church for 30 years, I began reading the New Testament. What was there shocked me.

This is the story about Lynn, formerly a Mormon, and the  miraculous intervention that took place in her family.

I’ve had a family member get connected to the Mormon Church.  Myra’s outcome was not so wholesome as Lynn’s outcome.   I am not sure Myra was a believer in the first place.  The Mormon missionaries treated her badly and that lead to her demise.  Today she is mentally unstable.

Lynn had a utopian existence in of all places Alpine, Utah.

That all began to change one day when she received a phone call from her son Micah.

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Bono–Heartbreak That Led to Faith

QPolitical  asked that I share this story and my pastor put me on to it because he loves Bono. Bono is a great man, as men go!

Bono Shares The Heartbreaking Story That Led To His Faith In Jesus Christ

 

Bono many be known for his distinct vocals and lyrics often heavy in social and political Bonothemes, but there’s a side of U2’s lead singer that many haven’t seen.

Bono believes in God. And if you meet him in person, you’ll quickly learn that he’s unashamed to tell you so.

Bono doesn’t claim to be a perfect Christian. In fact, he admits that many of his life’s deepest struggles are what caused him to turn to Christ. Read more of this post

How Great is our God!

Worship with me the Great and the Almighty God who sites on the throne in Heaven right now with the Son of God at the Father’s side interceding for His blessed children.

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They Did This to Your Savior!

…they did this to my Savior!

The Most Misunderstood Thing About Jesus

Jesus’ first miracle was one that would have made a lot of religious folk angry.He was at a party, a 1st century Jewish wedding to be exact, an event where people party – for many days.  The wine had run out and Jesus’ mother pressed him to “do his thing” and fix this most heinous faux pas.  There are a million ways He could have done it, but He chose to make about 180 gallons of wine in 6 large containers used for a sacred Jewish cleansing ritual.

A modern day version of this would be to walk into a Baptist church, fill the baptistry (a small swimming pool where folks are baptised) with wine and say, “Party on dudes.”

Jesus’ first miracle was to keep a party going.  Why is He almost always portrayed as such as buzz kill?
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Policeman & Jesus Using Detective Techniques

 

 

Evidence for Jesus’ Existence

Dr. Bart Ehrman to the Infidel Guy: “I think it matters what happened in history!”  And what is he giving as evidence that people existed?  Writings about them.  “We have more evidence for Jesus than we do for anyone else from his time period.” (Bart Ehrman)

For the record: Dr. Bart Ehrman is an agnostic historian.

I am surprised the person making this video portrayed Dr Ehrman inside a Catholic or Orthodox church building.  He is not found there very often.

 

 

 

(Christianity) State of the Union

I came upon an article I just had to read.  A State of the Union: Progressive Christianity.

The article is a script of a Prof. Burklo of U. of Southern California.   I am not sure the implications of “progressive” in his title–maybe he considers some of Christianity not progressive and also backwards?  Ok, I will give him that.  I find some believers somewhat backwards.

I went to the site of the church were this sermon was given,  the United Church of Christ, Simi Valley, CA.   I noted their core beliefs which I have listed below.   I noted right off there is nothing about the person of Christ that is in the name of the church nor of the Bible, which is about that person.  But here we go on values:

We Welcome the LGBT Community!

OK, good one UCC, we do too here in the deep South.  We do not turn anyone away from the doors of our church, also “red and yellow, black and white” they are all precious in His site.  We believe that as well. Read more of this post