I am grateful for the opportunity to write on this site. Sometimes it surprises me how much attention a post gets. I sit down every few days and write or report what I read, and then people either read it or they don’t. My actual favorite was #3, but maybe you have a preference. Feel free to share your favorites with your audience.
The Top 5 most popular blogs of 2021
(LINKS PROVIDED NEXT TO EACH NUMBER!)
An article made the rounds last year about a pastor that suggested from the pulpit that women should make themselves attractive so that their husbands wouldn’t stray. There was tremendous backlash and the public responded negatively. The church and the denomination responded by placing the preacher on administrative leave and reported that he would be attending counseling.
I am not saying you aren’t having good experiences. I had some good experiences at work today and I’m generally happy to be working there. I get some things out of it including community. But if I am honest, I must admit that this manufacturing plant was designed wrong for healing my trauma. For one thing, there is never enough time. If we are honest, I believe we can admit that the Western Church (and most others) was not designed right for healing our trauma.
This blog started from a Tic Toc video from Joseph Yoo He appears to be an Episcopal Priest who was engaged by someone in Starbucks that wanted him to commiserate about the way the church is being persecuted. I remember conversations like that when I was a pastor and I always came to a similar conclusion as Pastor Yoo, “The church in American is not being persecuted.”
But I also agree with his second conclusion that the church might be under review.
I want3d to be precisely clear when I expressed what I am disturbed by. I see most of the issues that trouble our world originating inside of organized religion. It’s time for change. The 500 year garage sale is already underway. These are my thoughts.
Recently, I finished listening to the podcast series, “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill.” Being in ministry for 20 years made it very painful to listen to. Even though my churches were on a smaller scale, I could see many of my painful memories in the stories of the people and even in the pastor’s themselves. The moment I finished the podcast I began to weep for all the people involved, not just in Mars Hill, but also in all of organized religion.
Honorable Mention – Created Late in the Year:
Happy New Year!
Be where you are, be who you are,