Orginally published on Monday, April 30, 2007 at 8:08 AM
by Todd Rhoades
OK... a few things on my mind this morning... including the 'original' cussing preacher, the Elvis impersonator pastor, Hybels vs. Driscoll, and a unique case of the woman who is suing her pastor and church over a prayer injury. You must read on...
The “Original” Cussing Preacher
We’ve talked her quite a lot about Mark Driscoll and the stigma he has had ever since Donald Miller called him ‘the cussing preacher’ in a book a few years ago. Well… I think that title really should go to the ‘now in eternity’ TV preacher Dr. Gene Scott. Some of you will remember Scott from his late night tirades on local television stations across the country. While Dr. Scott didn’t necessarily fit into rigid evangelical territory (to say the least), it would be hard to say that Driscoll has anything on him. You can see the example here (a word of caution, it is hard to understand some of this preacher’s sentences because he his ‘bleeped’ so much. I think this puts the whole ‘cussing preacher’ think in perspective. QUESTION: Have you ever said anything from the pulpit that should’ve been bleeped? (HT: Smart Christian)
Hybels vs. Driscoll
Speaking of Mark Driscoll, there’s a lot being blogged today about Bill Hybel’s ‘rebuke’ of Mark Driscoll at the National New Church Conference last week. I’d be kind of out of the loop if I didn’t mention it somewhere here. Tall Skinny Kiwi has a little about it here. Mark Driscoll gives his perspective here. I find myself in a somewhat awkward position. Of course, I work for Leadership Network, and we were a sponsor for this year’s National New Church Conference (which was great, by the way). I’m also working with Mars Hill on a project; and we’ve worked closely with Willow as well. I also worked closely with the promoters of the conference this year. It’s always difficult when different worlds collide. QUESTION: Were any of you there for that last session at NNCC? What was your read on the Hybels comment or the Driscoll video?
Suing Your Pastor Over Prayer
According to the Lansing State Journal, A woman who struck her head while praying fervently at Mount Hope Church in 2002 will pursue her case against Pastor Dave Williams and the church. In a July 2005 complaint, Judith Dadd claims she answered a call to the altar, where church members often “are overcome by the Spirit of the Lord” - they sway, move or collapse to the floor while praying. Dadd claims that on previous altar calls, trained ushers were available to catch those who fell to the ground. When she fell in 2002, she says, no one caught her. Dadd also claims in the suit that immediately after her injury, Williams and the church, where she was a 12-year member and involved in the women’s ministry, ignored her need for first aid, comfort from the trauma and shock and spiritual support and fellowship. Kokomo Bokomo, talk about a ferverent prayer! QUESTION: Have you ever injured yourself while praying? Is there a pending lawsuit?
As if we need to lose more credibility… Michigan ‘Minister’ Performs Marriages Dressed as Elvis
Breitbart.com reports, “You don’t need to go to Las Vegas any more to get hitched in an Elvis-themed wedding chapel. There’s a minister in Michigan taking that act on the road. “We bring a little of the Vegas experience to them,” says Greg Jaqua, an Elvis tribute artist. Jaqua was ordained through the Universal Life Church a number of years ago, but recently renewed his licence after realizing he could combine his talents to serve a niche market. “A couple of years ago, someone told me he and his fiancee wanted to go to Las Vegas and be married by Elvis, but they couldn’t go,” he said. “I got the idea for this several years ago and started doing weddings last year.” Jaqua said he has performed three Elvis weddings in his mobile wedding chapel so far… When he was casting about for ways to supplement his income, the wedding chapel seemed like a natural way to do it.” Thanks, Universal Life Church… your mail-order pastor licenses make us all look great. QUESTION: I know a few people who’ve ordered the Universal Life ministerial license, just for fun. Anyone here want to confess to having a ‘supplimentary’ license from the Universal Life Church?
OK… that’s enough for today. Don’t want to contribute to pastoral ‘brain drain’!
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