what to do when they preach too long

I have a crazy Valentines sale on this weekend... 40% OFF ALL MY ARTWORK! Use coupon code "lovingme". SHOP NOW!I've heard some sermons where I wanted the preacher to continue.I've heard some sermons where I was like this kid... trying to figure out a way out.There's nothing wrong with being a good speaker! So many people are afraid of "tickling peoples' ears". But they forget that Jesus himself drew crowds.Hey! Have you heard of The Lasting Supper? Come join our online community! … [Read more...]

sacred sermons and libidinous thoughts

I know for a fact this happens because, um, because, uh... somebody told me.Those who pretend to be immune from sexual thoughts are... well... they're not having fun! … [Read more...]

how to beat people up without even touching them

I have been on a huge learning curve this last week. I've come to realize on a deeper level how significant a role shame plays in our culture, and especially our religious, spiritual and church culture.I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 1986 and began the ministry by pastoring three small rural churches. The sermons the people liked the best were the ones where I poured out my wrath upon them for not measuring up to my idea of what a Christian should be. They loved those … [Read more...]

license to yell

Just like governments can gather personal information about you, the police can invade your privacy, and CEOs can treat you like a number, so religious leaders can use fear, shame and guilt to manipulate you.For many leaders in any field, they think their position provides them the permission, comes with the privilege and gives them the licence to maltreat others.This kid is learning early. Let's hope he does something about it. For his own sake. … [Read more...]

eat the meat and spit out the bones

Yes I know. Sometimes there's way more bones than meat. Sometimes you might feel like you're picking through a very bony fish for the odd little sliver of meat. You're burning more calories getting the food than you're gaining by eating it. It might be so bad that you feel like Ezekiel in the valley of dry bones. No meat anywhere. You actually wonder, "Why bother?!"If you're listening to a teacher that is teaching meat and you get the odd bone, for heaven's sake stay.If you're listening … [Read more...]

dead preacher still preaches

"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out." (Isaiah 42: 3).When I attended Bible College, one of the things I had to do in order to graduate was intern under a pastor of a pentecostal church for a summer. What an experience that was! I ended up in the deep south of Alabama in a pentecostal church that could be better described as a holiness pentecostal church. I experienced some pretty crazy things... things I thought were only in movies or Flannery … [Read more...]