Osteen had to be shamed into opening his huge church for displaced people after hurricane Harvey destroyed Houston. source.
Now, however, we found out that the gop stimulus bill handed out millions in forgivable PPP loans to his church, despite the fact that his church is filthy rich and greedy as fuck.
The senate republicans treat these scamevangelists like kings and they treat us like peasants.
Well, 2020 sure has been a doozy of a year, hasn’t it? I normally begin these by saying that it is the time of year for your weekly/monthly/annual trip to church, but my congregation is still doing online-only worship because of how rampant the pandemic has been in the United States, so our trip to church will be virtual!
But it is still Christmas Eve, and I always love doing these, so let’s generate a bit of holiday cheer together. Ask me anything (usual disclaimer to follow) about Christmas, the Bible, the church, whether the chicken or the egg came first…anything. I have over a decade of parish ministry experience--seven years of solo ministry experience and nearly four years of associate minister-type experience, and I have seen some stuff and learned some stuff.
Usual disclaimer every time I do one of these: I am posting here solely in my personal capacity, and not on behalf of my congregation which employs me, my region that governs my standing and issues my ministry credentials, my denomination, or my publisher. I also will not answer a question in a way that would betray the confidences of the people I minister to.
Proof: https://imgur.com/a/dPBgobT and https://twitter.com/RevEricAtcheson/status/1342125130340839426
Edit: Alright, y'all, it's late and that's going to have to be a wrap on this year's AMA! Thank you for joining in on the fun, I always have a good time doing these, and I'm very sorry if I wasn't able to get to your question. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and be safe so that we will all be here for Christmas 2021!
I gained 15KG in college, so some of my coats wouldn't fit anymore. Tired of seeing them in my closet collecting dust and worried about how people in need would pass the winter, I decided to donate them to a church that's currently collecting clothes, blankets and toys.
After 20 minutes of queuing, I give the bag with my clothing to the pastor's wife and she eyes it like it's full of shit. "None of the items have tags, do they?" She's wearing a mask but I can tell she's pissed.
I nod, saying that they're secondhand but barely worn. A few of the coats were worn just once.
"Darling, this isn't the right place to dump clothes that you don't want. We're trying to get clothes with the tags on to gift them on Christmas to the less fortunate. We'll accept these as they look fine, but next time be more generous and bring us items that have been recently purchased and with tags on. I swear people will do anything just to get a raffle ticket..."
She then gives me a ticket to a raffle I had NO IDEA about. The prize is 300€. As I leave completely speechless, older women wearing boujee outfits keep eyeing me and gossiping. Their clothes come in the store's original bag, and I can see tags everywhere. They really went and bought a ton of items.
I got home in tears. I wanted to help despite being broke and I got an earful instead.
Is being poor a sin? Aren't churchgoers supposed to be kinder than this?
The whole "with tags only" makes me think that they want to resell the clothing for profit.
I don't want to donate to a congregation ever again.
He told his assistant that he wasn't feeling well. He drove to a golf course in another city, so nobody would know him.
He teed off on the first hole. A huge gust of wind caught his ball, carried is an extra hundred yards and dropped it right in the hole, for a 450 yard hole in one.
An angel looked at God and said "What'd you do that for?" God smiled and said "Who's he going to tell?"
This occoured last month. I then confronted my parents about what happened at 12 and they still deny it. After service i went to pee. It was after Sunday school .He came in and called me aside the girls room was empty and told me not to tell anyone about a game we must play fast, i was hesitent and he assured me ill like it but something felt very off.The pastor then tried pulling down my jeans which i protested but he calmed me down a bit by saying "trust me" and put his finger inside me. It felt bad and i started to tear a bit when we heard some foot steps. He pulle out his hands and told me not to tell anyone as God will punish me for it. I didnt till 15 when i was in a fight against my parents over smoking.
So it affected me mentally badly. I cant be alone most guys besides my bf and he had to wait months before we had sex because i used to get angry and anxious if he touched me sexually or any other act similar.It got so bad that at 17 i tried to take my life with pain meds but my mom rused me to the er.
Then last month when i was off work a girl from my former church who also had the same experience messaged me the news. Been pissed, i sent it to my parents who called after.
What was next was shocking to me. They defended him saying its Satans doing as well as "false rape cases" by naughty children. My bf was cooking some food and heard the comotion of me crying and rushed to hear me use foul languages at them. I was sobbing. After all i was put through and finally this bastard got caught with proof and they still dont think im talking truth.
His case is next week. I want to stand trial against him as a witness and so is my friend. Youd be amazed that i spoke to new victims and they small as 9 year old children!
He did this to 6 girls, 3 are adults and one refuses to stand against him because it was so tramtic to her she tried suicide! The rest are between 9 -15 year olds!!!
I may cry on that day. If someone wasnt coming he would have raped me for sure. A child and parents still defend him. This is why im athiest today. I spent big on councelling after but it is working out for me.
He was caught when a lady saw what he did at 61 and screamed. Some guys came in and he hid in the loo. They waited for him and beat the shit outta him. The dad was so angry he broke the door and beat the pastor to bleeding. Still people came to defend him.
Wish me luck for this dark times
It is increasingly popular among religious people to claim that New Atheism is dead or dying. I don’t know why this is popular. It seems to me to be on the rise. Am I crazy? Is this just a gaslighting? Is there any data to back this idea? I only find info to the contrary like this article
First, the obsession that many Christians have with the sex lives of teenagers is really creepy.
Furthermore, this sends a horrible message to teenagers, particularly teenage girls.
By saying "your future spouse will thank you," it is implied that future spouses value virginity over personality, character, humor, interests.... you know, the things you're supposed to care about when picking a spouse.
It sends the message that the entire relationship is dependent on sexual purity, and that those who have had sex, or been sexually assaulted, are of lesser value.
It is a horrible fucking message to send, and I wish religious leaders would cut that shit out.
I think Jessa will where jeans occasionally because I think Ben is going to want to seem like a “cool” pastor and Jessa will play along
Big prediction: Depending on the church location, they’re moving.