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“A 29-year-old man named Tyler started an Instagram account two weeks ago that spawned from a joke he shared with friends. The account PreachersNSneakers has now become a place of both celebration and controversy over pastor influencers and their expensive shoes.”

A Man Created An Instagram About Church Leaders In Expensive Designer Shoes. It’s Sending People Down An Existential Morality Spiral

“The debate pokes at what has long been a tender subject: the money flowing through churches and the way that it’s spent, as well as the encroachment of materialism. Some ministries have been criticized for buying mansions for pastors or in one case, spending $65 million on a Gulfstream jet.”

Let He Who Is Without Yeezys Cast the First Stone

Sad sorry state.

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Crossing the Line

Something broke in America in the past week or two. We have been spiraling downward since Trump’s election, but in these early days of spring 2019, we have crossed a line. The president and his men began asserting that they were above the law—and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them.

David Rothkopf, Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines—and They’re Getting Away With It

A Godly President

Most churches talk about it. They have programs dedicated to it.  But very few actually are doing it. Ajith Frenando gives 5 reasons why:

  1. Culturally, people are not open to the kind of vulnerability that discipling entails.
  2. Many leaders are not willing to give the time and commitment that discipling requires.
  3. Discipling relationships have been abused through the excesses of insecure disciplers.
  4. There is a fear that if disciplers concentrate on a few people, the rest of the people will be neglected.
  5. Discipling is a spiritually strenuous activity.

Read the article for more details.

In my observation, a large part of the part of the problem is the whole modern notion of church as a “spectator sport”. I’ve mentioned this throughout my blog, so I won’t elaborate on it here.

Very timely and important .. have a listen!  Especially helpful beginning at 13:00 minute mark. I have been getting a bit frustrated repeating the same thing over and over but people are slow to hear and understand. I’m talking about your typical hierarchical leadership model.

So I plead with you: LISTEN!

 

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