Don’t Miss List: Stanley Bashes Small Churches, Break up with Osteen and More

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.

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Don’t Miss List: Avoid the Prosperity Gospel, on Pastoral ‘Calls’ and More

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

We Must Not Tolerate Spiritual Abuse

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