Pastors: How much (confidential) information do you share with your spouse?

How much ‘confidential’ church information do you share with you spouse? You know… board meeting stuff… who says what… who you’re counseling and what the issues are. Do you share stuff like that with your wife or not? It seems that most of the time, there are two different types of people… those that share everything, and those that share nothing. I’m one of the ‘I share almost everything’ types of guys.  My wife is my confidant.  She encourages me, and she talks me off the cliff at times. But I couldn’t keep a sane head if I...
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Research: Posting to Facebook makes you less lonely?

The simple act of posting a status update on Facebook can make you feel more connected, researchers have found — even if no one pays attention to your update. The study, conducted by the Universitat Berlin, focused on the Facebook posts of 100 student volunteers at the University of Arizona over the course of a week. The students were asked to do two things: fill out forms assessing their mental health and well-being throughout the week, and post to Facebook more than they normally would. A control group wrote exactly their regular amount of updates. // Read more...
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Dear Angry Pastor…

I don’t know Pastor Robert Earl Houston, but he has some interesting advice for “Angry Pastors” #1 – FIND SOMEONE TO TALK TO QUICKLY. Anger within a preacher can be a dangerous thing – especially when you don’t utilize wise counsel. I have found out that the mistakes I’ve made were due to the fact that I reacted without talking with someone who could have given me another way of looking at an issue. In San Diego, that person was Dr. Willie James Smith, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, who is now in Glory. Willie (please forgive the informality) was great because he was a...
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Ken Ham and Pat Robertson fight over creation

I’m thinking we could settle this with an old-fashioned duel. Last man standing wins. Pat Robertson has been accused by evangelical Christian and creationism proponent Ken Ham of “destructive teaching,” after the televangelist stated that the existence of dinosaurs is evidence that Young Earth Creationists are wrong about the planet being 6,000 years old. Christian Broadcasting Network spokesman Chris Roslan told The Christian Post on Friday, however, that “Dr. Robertson stands by his comments.” The controversy arose earlier this week when Robertson, co-hosting his...
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Facebook and church discipline

Facebook provides an interesting look for pastors into the lives of their congregation. Sometimes very interesting. But should information gleaned from Facebook or social media be used by pastors as spiritual tools, or even reason for church discipline? Father Gary LaMoine of Assumption Church in Barnesville, MN says a post from a 17-year-old parishioner Lennon Cihak on Facebook showing that he was helping defeat a marriage amendment in Minnesota that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Father LaMoine prevented Cihak from taking communion. So… what do YOU think? Chances are,...
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Is Facebook a Passing Fad?

Nearly half of Americans think so. According to Mashable: A poll conducted by the Associated Press and CNBC found that 46% of respondents think Facebook will fade away as new platforms come along in the future. However, about 43% believe the site will likely be successful for the long haul. So… what do YOU think? My guess is that it will fade just like most things do. So will Twitter. It will be like a cassette tape.  Or a CD (for that matter). We’ll still be connecting online, but with something newer and shinier than Facebook. Using facebook in 2015 may be like sending a fax today. As...
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The Devil

I wonder if this is true. I do think the devil loves the perpetual “forward this if you…” stuff on Facebook.  Never attached that to the power of his pitchfork though.  Could be:
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Facebook Timelines are all the same

See if this looks familiar:
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Change your Facebook Password Now

Uh… an important reason to make sure your Facebook and other internet passwords are secure, Pastor… Don’t be this guy.
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Facebook: Your Life is Better than Mine

According to a new study conducted by sociologists Hui-Tzu Grace Chou and Nicholas Edge at Utah Valley University, research showed a correlation between a Facebook user’s disposition about their life and the amount of time spent on the social network. Approximately 425 students were asked to identify how much they agreed or disagreed with statements like “Life is fair” and “Many of my friends have a better life than me.” In addition, the students were asked about how much time they spent on Facebook, their number of Facebook friends as well as how many of those friends they had actually...
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