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December 29, 2007



What is the gist of the message of the "unnecessary pastor"? I've always considered the role of a pastor to be one who looks to foster the growth and discipleship of Christians, but it seems like in most churches it tends to be more of an administrative and teaching position.

Actually, one thing I've always admired about Calvary is that Pastor Meredith has been very open to having others (such as Charles) do a significant portion of the teaching - recognizing the gifts of others. While I guess teaching and pastoring is often related, I don't think that they are the same. In fact, I think a big problem with many churches is that they're filled with teachers and administrators and sometimes evangelists, but rarely pastors. All of those roles are of course essential to the church - but pastors seem to be in particularly dire need. I'd be interested in your thoughts...

Fred White

Cymbala's book is good, but there's a big disconnect at his church when it comes to depending on the spirit. He offers no financial transparency to his congragents and has no accountability as far as a overseeing denomination or board. And believe me, the people who attend his church are quite capable of serving alongside him, there are many educated people who attend but he's extremely parental in his approach {he thinks he's everyones daddy}which is pretty arrogant if you ask me. Anyway, take it for what it's worth.


J.R., do you (or resonate) have a podcast feed?


Sorry to tell you but Robert Ludlam is dead.


J.R., I like your list and as a 90's music fan, I do like Sinead's album and Dolores (and Radiohead), but I'd like to put in a plug for the band NEEDTOBREATHE and also Sara Groves. I was very impressed by their albums in 2007. They could both win GMA (Dove) Awards, along with Anberlin, Rush of Fools, Casting Crowns and Jeremy Riddle (my favorite new artist). I also really like Derek Webb's "The Ringing Bell" and the song "A Love That's Stronger Than Our Fear".


JR, You forgot blasts from the past from an old guy:

Best Acoustic: Bob Bennett "Song about Baseball"
Best Album: Whiteheart, "Freedom"
Best Song: Whiteheart, "The Flame Passes On"
Best Male Artist: MWS
Best Female Artist: Amy Grant Gill
Best Song for Roadtrips: GM and the Distance "Rescue Me"
Best Album Name: 77s, "________" (Pray Naked)
Best Sing for late at night in the middle of Idaho announced by a Christian Surfer DJ: 77s "U U U U"

There's more, but I don't have time. I would have mentioned Stryper, but I think I packed the albums away with my spandex and Member's Only jacket. DougG

PS For the record, I never had a Mullet

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