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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • http://www.ragingrev.com Matt Oxley

    There should be a big golden crucifix somewhere on this picture.

    Actually, the more I look into it, this is how a very large number of charities are operating these days. Huge CEO pay, bonuses for biggest fundraisers, and allowing a small slow trickle of funds to go to what you are actually raising money to do.

  • http://ChroniclesofaChristianHeretic.blogspot.com Sandra

    “…a big golden crucifix somewhere on this picture”

    Or Obama’s re-election campaign fund-raiser.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    Right Sandra.

    And it takes a lot of other people’s $ to go on vacations every other month.

    But we (the little people) are told that “we must eat our peas”.

    How profound from the ‘Vacationer in Chief’.

  • Mike

    Great work, David. Love the color!

  • fishon

    Sandra,
    Glad I read first, cause that was about what I was going say. That guy is a dead ringer for obuma

  • Ed

    Truth is, 501(c)3′s must use 75% of funds raised toward the stated purpose of their ministry by IRS mandate. Other truth is, I’ve worked for these organizations, and lets just say there is sometimes creativity as to what business practices constitutes the stated purpose of the ministry. The organizations I’ve worked for have had great integrity and purpose and I feel honored to have been a part of them. However, there are other organizations that seem to exist (churches, too) for the sole purpose of self perpetuation. The ones I particularly dislike are those that say ‘if you send us your money, you’ll receive a blessing.’ It’s like the TV equivalent of a chain letter with a threat to not break the chain.

  • http://samscoville.blogspot.com/ sam scoville

    I’d forgotten: fundy’s and lapsed fundies tend toward inclusion with the far right and the conservative. Excluding the rest of us sinners and skinners, vacationers and merchants, fine art purveyors and ivory towerists, wealth re-distributors and neo-socialists, tax-raisers and entitlement-protectors, evolutionists and governmentalists. That figure holding a offering plate of dollars doesn’t remind me of Obama, but of all of David’s cartoon pastors and leaders representing the the saddened state of fallen myn in the church of gawd & christ crucified. Pity. Check out the “store” and you can buy the originals.

  • fishon

    Check out the “store” and you can buy the originals———Hehehhe!

    Problem with David’s loony toonies is, there are thousands, yes thousands of us countryfied pastors who do not represent his depictions. We don’t even pass a plate in the church I pastor, I have, maybe, preachered about money twice in 14 years. For every one of those guys/gals David brings up, there are hundreds of us for one of them. Oh man, I protest too much.

  • http://nakedpastor.com nakedpastor

    hey fishon and sam: if you are bothered by the things i say and don’t like my store, no one has got a gun to your head making you visit this site.

  • fishon

    nakedpastor
    September 4, 2011 | 7:53 pm
    hey fishon and sam: if you are bothered by the things i say and don’t like my store, no one has got a gun to your head making you visit this site.

    —Well now, let me think about this.
    There are a lot of things going on in my Country that bothers me, but I ain’t going to leave.

    There was a few things that bothered me about George Bush, but I still voted for him.

    There are a million things that I dislike about obama, but I’d still take a bullet for him.

    There are some songs that I hear that have a lyric or two that bother me, but I don’t turn off the sound.

    There are lots of News stories that bother me, but I don’t ignore the News.

    I am bothered by some of the things that the Bible teaches, but I still believe it.

    I am bothered by the Huffington Post slant on the News, but I still read it.

    There are things going on in the church I pastor that bother me; but then, I just don’t run away from anything just because I might be bothered by it.

    Now that might be your way of handling things, but not mine.

    If I leave here it will be because I am told to or I am bored.

    Wondering why you are so sensitive over the “Store” thing? I have debated and argue, sometimes not so gently with you, and you go off on the Store. Huh?

  • http://samscoville.blogspot.com/ sam scoville

    David: you are bothered by your “church” and “pastor” experiences, which is why you cartoon them In one sense you “left”–in another sense you are still stuck on the tarbaby. You don’t want Just a Choir response–and should be thrilled with the variety of reaction your blog (and I guess your FB) generates. I’m totally with Fishon on this one–and his earlier point: so many pastors and churches that don’t fit your agony. PS I’ve come to suspect I’m closer “in spirit” (not in letter) to Fishon than anyone else on this series. Wouldn’t expect him to agree, but I delight in this realization.

  • fishon

    sam scoville
    September 5, 2011 | 5:19 am
    PS I’ve come to suspect I’m closer “in spirit” (not in letter) to Fishon than anyone else on this series. Wouldn’t expect him to agree, but I delight in this realization.
    ____Sam, I spect you may be right bout the closer “in spirit” thing. Yep, I do.

  • Sister Marie

    fishon, are you a masochist? Or did you come here to convert us heathen? I’m bothered by a lot of the crazy things from Rush Limbaugh and others, so I don’t hang out at their websites or listen to their rantings.

  • fishon

    Sister Marie
    September 6, 2011 | 11:11 am

    fishon, are you a masochist? Or did you come here to convert us heathen? I’m bothered by a lot of the crazy things from Rush Limbaugh and others, so I don’t hang out at their websites or listen to their rantings.
    ____Been here for,oh, close to 2 1/2 years or so. Use to be we had some really good debates. Have had a few get hold of me personally to talk some more about very personal issues that was being discussed here. Then a couple of folks wanted to talk in private about their dislike of my points of view and doctine. You’ll have to make you own decision about me being a masochist.

    I agree with much of what Limbaugh says, but I don’t listen to him anymore. He is boring. Yep, you can be right and boring.

    Sister Marie, one of the reasons I am here is to learn what and how people think, and try to understand why they think like they do. I have learned much from this blog site. It might do you well to check out sites that you have great disagreement with, for the same reasons. Ah, you say, but I know how those who think differently than me think. I have read, talked, and even visited sites. Then I might say, “What, are you a masochist?” Or was the masochist statement because I argue back with what I disagree with? And if you believe me to be a masochist, what does that say about you talking to one, for whatever reason? Do you think you can fix me?

  • Sister Marie

    Fair enough. When added my 2 cents worth yesterday, the concept that was frsh in my mind was your response to the original cartoon which pictured a preacher begging for money so that he could stay on the air and beg for more money:
    “…thousands of us countryfied pastors who do not represent his depictions.”

    And I agree that there are in fact thousands of countrified preacher who barely make enough to get by and whose emphasis is where it should be. But, unfortunately, that is not the image that millions of unchurched people ever see. As they sit in their family rooms with the remote in their hands, they are exposed to literally dozens of preachers whose primary motivation seems to be bilking elderly people out of their savings to support their exhorbitant life styles.

    When I saw David’s cartoon, that is the image that I reflected on: The couple on the West Coast who require thousands of dollars just to keep them supplied with Botox. The fellow in the midwest whose airplane was purchased by “ministry money” and who now uses it to jet to his favorite vacation spots. The elderly gentleman and his daughter in California selling trinkets to maintain what was once a very prosperous situation. I don’t think that David was referring to the thousands of country ministers, but I am also very surprised that you took offense at a cartoon that was clearly not directed at you – unless you can justify the abuses that are rampant in Christian TV and radio “ministries”.

  • fishon

    Sister Marie
    September 7, 2011 | 9:17 am
    And I agree that there are in fact thousands of countrified preacher who barely make enough to get by and whose emphasis is where it should be. But, unfortunately, that is not the image that millions of unchurched people ever see. As they sit in their family rooms with the remote in their hands, they are exposed to literally dozens of preachers whose primary motivation seems to be bilking elderly people out of their savings to support their exhorbitant life styles.

    ______Absolutely right. I watch them from time to time just to see what they are up to, but my blood pressure raises everytime.

    When I saw David’s cartoon, that is the image that I reflected on: The couple on the West Coast who require thousands of dollars just to keep them supplied with Botox.
    –And the Botox doesn’t help them.

    The fellow in the midwest whose airplane was purchased by “ministry money” and who now uses it to jet to his favorite vacation spots.
    —Yep, know who you mean, and he has buddy doing the same.

    The elderly gentleman and his daughter in California selling trinkets to maintain what was once a very prosperous situation.
    —-Never did like him. There last 10 yrs. have been a running family feud.

    I don’t think that David was referring to the thousands of country ministers, but I am also very surprised that you took offense at a cartoon that was clearly not directed at you – unless you can justify the abuses that are rampant in Christian TV and radio “ministries”.
    —-David has always painted with a BROAD brush. He has an itch against any organized religion with a vision. And no, no justifying the crooks of radio and TV.

  • Sister Marie

    OK. Then I don’t think we’re that far apart. Except for your “broad brush” comment. Please note that the person soliciting money in the cartoon begins by saying “…please send us your money…” (emphasis on send). Ministers like my brother-in-law who pastor a small country church and who repairs cars to supplement his meager income still manage to provide thousands of dollars annually to support overseas and home missions projects. There may well be some electronic ministries that budget their income responsibly, but they are clearly overshadowed by those whose extravagant life styles are supported by sacrificial giving of people who fail to recognize the schemes of those asking for their donations.

    If you honestly believe that David “has an itch against any organized religion with a vision”, then you should specifically point out his shortcomings. I think that this cartoon is an accurate portrayal of TV evangelism and the sooner that the American Church returns to the concept of the local church ministering here and around the world, then we will more authenically be responding to the Great Commission.


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