Matthew R. Perry

Who Says Ministers Don’t Lead Entertaining and Interesting Lives

In Uncategorized on August 8, 2007 at 10:55 am

New Study Finds Even Pastors are “Too Busy for God” (Crosswalk.com):

Almost six out of every 10 Christians around the world feel their hectic schedule prevents them from spending more time with God. And when it comes to pastors, the statistics are just as sobering, a new survey reveals.

That’s what a Charleston Southern professor found after polling more than 20,000 Christians from 139 countries about the busyness of their lives and how it affects their relationship with God, according to a new survey whose findings were posted to http://www.ministrytodaymag.com.

TD Jakes, Eddie Long, Creflo Dollar, Joel Osteen is “Under Fire” by Talk Show Host Reuben Armstrong (Press Release Newswire):

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) August 7, 2007 — The Reuben Armstrong Show airs on Streaming Faith which is the largest Christian based website in the world and broadcasts in eight states and on TV around the World. Armstrong will release a new book titled “Snakes in the Pulpit.” The book is scheduled for release on August 29th, 2007. Armstrong will be sending a certified letter to these four pastors asking them to resign from their positions as Pastors because they are “deceiving true believers.”

In “Snakes in the Pulpit” Armstrong states, “…these four pastors are using the word of God to manipulate the true believers for fame and fortune.” This book will expose the deception that these four “pulpit pimps”, as Armstrong defines them in his book, are using the word of God to get rich and support their royal family. According to Armstrong, these mega-pastors have deceived thousands and thousands of people and yet are raking millions and millions of dollars from their extremely large congregations.

TN Preacher Accused of Beating Police Officer with Bible (WMC Stations):

A Tennessee preacher accused of beating a police officer with his bible faced a judge Monday.

David Decker preaches on the streets of Athens, Tennessee.

Police said Decker refused to move from the side of the road while preaching, and then hit the officer with his bible.

Decker pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest and obstructing a highway.

The Problem With Preaching (9 Choirs):

Preachers take care, the pulpit is not a place for railing against local businesses. Or at least that’s the message behind a lawsuit filed in Tasmania (Australia). The company that owns the Players Club franchise of strip clubs is suing the Anglican Church for the “continual harassment and media campaign” against the club and its business, according to a local newspaper.

Hyper-Calvinists vs. Hyper Calvinists (Between Two Worlds/Justin Taylor):

Best line of the day: “There are more pro-life, stay-at-home moms involved in Planned Parenthood than Hyper-Calvinists in the SBC.”

If you’re one of those who think that the SBC (and the broader Reformed movement) contain a bunch of “hyper-Calvinists,” you’ll want to read Nathan Finn’s post.

Remember, two cardinal rules to debating Calvinism: first, while some Arminians are Armenians and some Armenians are Arminians, Armenians and Arminians are two very different groups. Second, while it’s true that some Calvinists can be a bit hyper, that doesn’t make them Hyper-Calvinists.

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  1. Great link on hyper-calvinist!

    Thanks Matt!

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