Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain

Celebrity pastors are selling their pulpits for commercial gain
What would you think of a pastor who preached to his church in front of billboards advertising the newest Cadillac or Monster Energy drinks? Would you find it acceptable for a pastor to paste advertising all over the stage, filling the space with branded messages in the finest traditions of NASCAR? Would it make it ...

The value of heresy hunting

Perry Noble seconded Rick Warren’s “argument” against heresy hunters yesterday. RT @RickWarren: Heresy-hunting lets u to ignore the mess in your own life. God is more concerned about your hypocrisy than other’s heresy. Let’s examine that. Where is the hypocrisy? Warren assumes that anyone who finds heresy is a hypocrite. Pointing out heresy is about ...

Have it Your Way

Have it Your Way
Is Consumerism Killing the American Church?       On Sunday, my wife and I were talking about Little House on The Prairie. We were discussing the church on that show, and how everyone in the town went to the same church, and the Pastor was active in the life of each family.  Families who were at odds with ...

Rick’s Revelation

Rick's Revelation
Rick Warren tweets: God taught me the 5 Purposes of Church at 24, but few paid attention. Now,in my50s,I ask”What 24yrold should I be listening to? Had God been hiding these purposes until 30 years ago? You mean to tell me the Church wandered around for 1,970 or so years without knowing its purpose, until ...

Not even close

Rick Warren: If you feel far from God, guess who moved? You are as close to God as you choose to be. God: No one understands; no one seeks for God. Share this:More

Criticize Me

Criticize Me
Let’s start with an honest comment from Furtick: When I make comments about refusing to let critics upset me, it’s usually b/c a critic has just upset me. I appreciate Steven’s honesty. I have often wondered why the Turnstile pastors spend so much time talking about, blogging about, tweeting about, how much they don’t care ...

Running the Numbers

I made a comment in the When to Stop Eating thread that I think deserves a little more thought.  Last weekend, Elevation had their grand opening for their first permanent site. It drew their largest attendance yet. As Furtick reports: Over 7000 people at Elevation this weekend! Over 500 salvations! Eph. 3:20! Thank you Jesus! 500 ...

Why we worship on Sunday

In my recent posts on the physical center of the Christian worship, a few commentators challenged the idea that the Christian church should assemble on Sundays. I promised them that I’d explain why, so here it is: The Sabbath is as physical and natural as night and day. The origins of the Sabbath come from ...

Purposefully ashamed of the Gospel

Besides giving away the Sabbath, Rick Warren advocates that preachers abandon the Bible in church. Consider this passage from p. 297 of The Purpose Driven Church. (All of the following quotes, except the third and fifth, are from the same section in Warren’s book and are reproduced in order and without any omissions, and are ...

The tragedy of market testing the 10 Commandments

Rick Warren is well known as one of the founding fathers of the modern seeker-sensitive church movement. His philosophy is responsible for changing many preaching and worship styles. Many of his changes are controversial, but most of the problems stem from one of his very first decisions–to ask his future congregants when they wanted to ...