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There was a website that I stop by from time to time called www.extremetheology.com. As I went through some recent posts, I found one by Chris Rosebrough that I took note of and was encouraged by called “with gentleness and respect”. To understand why it spoke to me, you need to know a little more.

Saddleback church, led by Rick Warren, recently had a Purpose Driven Life conference as they have had before. This time, Chris was invited (from my understanding) all expenses paid because their website have had some concerns with Rick and his ministry.  There have been many allegations about Rick (from multiple sources) including that he preaches a watered down gospel, that he preaches a false gospel, and all the way up to he’s a false prophet using the Purpose Driven Church model to invade and destroy the church.

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“To me, the church should not aim to be ‘real’ as an end. The church is there to proclaim truth. Trying to be hip and cool and real does a disservice to the church. We’re not called to be successful. We’re called to be obedient, even if they don’t come…. If somebody doesn’t find you objectionable, I wonder if you’re preaching the full counsel of God.”

James Gilmore is co-author of Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want (Harvard Business School Press, 2007).

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Need Prayer?

Our church family is very much focused on prayer right now. If you are going through a tough time or need to be lept in prayer, please let us know here. We can have the whole church praying for you or if it is a personal prayer request, I would be happy to pray for you just myself.

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Recently someone told me the saying “God is the Santa Clause for adults.” In the conversation I was in and at that moment, I felt lead more to listen than talk so I didn’t respond to the statement. However, I thought the statement itself (especially since I have heard it before) would be a good starting point for a response.

With that, let’s start with the implications of the statement….

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