NLQ Question of the Week: Why do Fundamentalists Treat Pastors Like Rock Stars (Even When They Are Toxic)?

This is a new series we have started running on Thursdays. Examining some of the questions involving long held Quiverfull theology and life.Zsuzsanna Anderson, wife of Tempe pastor Steven L. Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church, linked to an article written in this month's Phoenix Magazine about her husband and his church. Just reading through the article, West of Westboro, with its portrait of a red-skinned demonic looking Anderson spewing fire out of his mouth and glowing testimonials by his congregants brings back memories of church goers treating their pastors like they were invincible heroes instead of regular men with clay feet. … [Read more...]

My Journey

 by Mr. CaluluThe journey started out innocently enough when a friend invited our family to attend his church in 1995. I had met him working at a part time job a few years earlier and just liked the guy. We had a number of other things in common, his kids were about the same age as ours, so I figured why not?? Our family didn't have much of a connection to the local Presbyterian church we had been attending anyway.In many ways it was a typical country church; a bit conservative for my taste, but not so much so to be ruled out. I found it to be an interesting mixture of college educated and technical types, along with some high school dropouts :-). But what struck me as a pleasant … [Read more...]

Cult of Personality – Adventures in Recovery

by CaluluA few weeks ago I took my daughter out for an celebratory lunch at her favorite Greek restaurant. She's gotten acceptance letters from all of the colleges she's applied to plus we really needed to touch base, take a time out together from the busy of our lives. Over sovlaki and hummus she started talking about what she would say to our former pastor Patrick if she ran into him again. She had run into him an few months ago and had been so surprised she'd just hurriedly muttered out pleasantries before leaving him as rapidly as a man with his pants on fire would run for the lawn sprinklers.I had to ask her what she would say to Patrick if they were face to face. She blurted … [Read more...]


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