Andy Stanley Claims People are ‘Selfish’ for Choosing Small Churches
There’s an uproar going on after North Point pastor Andy Stanley bashed small churches and insulted people who choose them by calling them “selfish” and claiming they don’t love their kids.
There’s a ton of reaction online, including this one.
Here’s mine … the Bible tells pastors to be shepherds, not CEOs. Stanley and other mega-church pastors are CEOs due to the sheer size of their churches. I’ll take my tiny little church and its verse-by-verse Bible teaching and pastor who knows my heart for truth and actually listens if I’m concerned by a song we’ve used or if I don’t agree with something he says. I’ll take that anytime over a megachurch and a false teacher like Stanley who openly rejects the biblical calling for a pastor.
10 Reasons to Break Up with Joel Osteen
The Messed Up Church blog has 10 compelling reasons to “break up” with Joel Ostend’s teaching.
Well, it seems even with the dissolution of Mars Hill and resignation of Mark Driscoll, that the story isn’t over. Driscoll still appears to be considering a return to ministry. This should be of great concern. Continue reading
I have a few things to share before the weekend begins. Continue reading
A list of the articles I saw (mostly through twitter) this week and found very helpful.
3 Reasons You Should Reject the Prosperity Gospel – RAAN
Cole Brown of the Reformed African American Network does as excellent job here of providing some basic reasons to reject the prosperity gospel — beginning with the most important of all: “It Abuses God’s Word.” It isn’t a new article, but since it was new to me I wanted to share it. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking quite a bit about abuse of power in churches this week. The headlines about everything that has gone on at Mars Hill with Mark Driscoll just keep coming (as they should). I also just read a book about a woman who grew up in essentially what was a “Christianized” cult (Girl at the End of the World). The reality of such abuses in the name of God is weighing heavily on me. Continue reading
The stream of bad news and apologies from Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church continued over the weekend with news of Sunday protests by former church members. Here are some of the latest headlines and relevant audio including an interview from Fighting for the Faith. Continue reading
I’ve found some really important stuff lately that I want to pass along. For more St. Patrick, to the latest on Mark Driscoll, keep reading. Continue reading
Erin Benziger over at Do Not Be Surprised noted that popular mega-church pastor Mark Driscoll’s Resurgence conference will be welcoming Mr. Purpose Driven himself this year. Continue reading
If you haven’t yet heard this audio clip from Fighting for the Faith you need to. It is possibly the most disturbing thing I’ve ever heard come out of a pastor’s mouth. Mark Driscoll talks about “blessed subtraction” and running people over with the Mars Hill bus. Continue reading