Watched the new documentary on fallen pastor Ted Haggard the other day. It was created by the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, Alexandra. Here’s an interview with Pelosi on the film. It is a well done film that follows Haggard through till last year while he and his family were still in Arizona trying to sell health insurance to survive. (while it was playing, I checked online and found out that the Haggard family are back in their Colorado Springs home where Ted continues to sell life insurance).
One theme that quickly jumped out to me was this: I found it interesting that the evangelical pastors who preach against “sin” (in particular homosexuality) claim that the message of Jesus is one of judgement and condemnation. Then, after their own “sin” is revealed, the message of Jesus quickly shifts to one of mercy, grace and love. Over and over again we’ve all witnessed this. Of course, these men have stared into the face of their own depravity and have at last heard the message of love that so many who are shunned by their churches crave to hear. Yet, so many continue to only preach this message of love and grace when it applies to themselves. Why can’t this message become what we preach?
This next Tuesday will mark the 50th anniversary of the infamous plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. If you didn’t know, this is a big deal in my house (Mel’s a HUGE fan of buddy’s). I just wanted to pay tribute to Rock and Roll’s godfather.
According to this site, my blog is quite gender neutral! That’s actually comforting for me to know.
We guess http://chadfarrand.com is written by a man (51%), however it’s quite gender neutral.
Is this correct?
The new Coldplay video just came out. It makes me almost as happy as President Obama.
There’s a change about to take place in America. Not only do we (as of noon tomorrow) have our first African-American President, this will be the first non-southern President we’ve had since Ronald Reagan. This is the first Democratic President in the 2000′s…and the first Democratic majority in Washington along side the President for a LONG time (I think maybe FDR…which is kind of poetic since we’re pretty much in the same boat as the Great Depression like he faced). This is the most America has ever spent on any inauguration of any President, ever. (estimates are at over $160 million dollars) and they are predicting the greatest turn out to the event…ever in history.
I don’t expect that there will be sweeping changes in Washington as of Wed. morning…in fact, I think we are going to face an incredibly difficult year, perhaps harder than 2008 economically speaking. Yet, I join the 80% of those people who were polled today in Washington DC by CNN who are optimistic about America’s future – as well as the 75% of those who are pessimistic about their own futures. I don’t peg the whole shift in America on Obama, but am hopeful for the first time in a long time…because of Obama. I pray for our new President, his family and our government and for the well being of our country.
In celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., as well as the new U2 song released today (“Get on your boots”) – here’s Bono singing “MLK” from Rattle and Hum
This seems to be becoming an annual tradition of mine, but once again I present the entire speech that MLK gave.
Ok, I’m back home from my 2 weeks at school. It was a great intensive this year on many accounts. Here’s something that’s been scrambling my brain from this last week.
It’s my cohort’s turn to go through our psych evaluations. This is something I welcome and had little fear over. Last monday, one of our professors met with us to explain the process and what the results could mean as well as the terminologies that will be used. During this, he mentioned that generally the majority of seminarians have a higher than average score with narcissism. This is what started me thinking. I began thinking more and more all week about high profile Christian pastors in America and why they are high profile. Then, I began thinking about how we train pastors to be pastors and even more.
Here’s what is bugging me. If we as Christians believe that as Christians we must die to ourselves daily, and that leaders must be servants first…then why do we accept high levels of narcissism in our pastors? I mean, I understand that what my prof was saying is that it takes a certain level of narcissism to want to stand in front of people and speak each week. However, where is the line between a calling to teach in front of others and simply seeking fame, attention, and the glory that should be God’s for ourselves?
Even our Christian sub-culture seems to reward this type of behavior. We reward busy-ness, and I find more and more pastors who fool themselves into thinking their busy-ness is their business. If we have more people to speak to, more meetings in a week, more conferences to go to and/or speak at…then somehow we are “better.” What I see happening more and more is the role of pastor becoming confused with motivational speakers. Just look at the large crowds for Joel Osteen each week, a man who may have all the best intentions but seems to be more of a feel good speaker than a pastor. Ambition to sign book deals and get on lecture trails often trumps the time and care of people in a local community. When I think back to my ideas of what a “pastor” is, I think of care more than ability to speak (while that was part of it).
More than this, I began to wonder about the image of Jesus that is being morphed in the midst of this shift in identity of pastor. IF we are so caught up in ourselves and our own glory, how does this perpetuate a false image of who Jesus is? Do people see the Jesus in me more than the Chad?
I know that there are certainly many called men and women who are and will be amazing pastors in the Biblical sense. I’m just concerned that we may be blurring the role of pastor with entertainer and the Jesus we present may be getting lost in those of us who use his name to make money and get famous.
David Crowder getting his Daft Punk on