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SUNDAY, APRIL 26, 2009

What does God think about televangelists?

Second sermon of the series titled "Does God Care? Now That's a Good Question". Our question for this morning is a great one. "What does God think about televangelists?" In preparation for this morning's message, based on this great question, I recently sent a mini-survey to about 50 people (members of this congregation and people I know outside the congregation, largely Christian but some non-Christian) asking them simple questions like, "Have you ever watched a televangelist?" And, "What do you think their mission might be?" Another question on this very informal survey was, "When you hear the word 'televangelist' what is the first word or image that pops into your head?" The overwhelming response to and about televangelists was negative. Words like unethical, fraud, sleazy, "man in a suit, selling salvation," very smarmy acting, "preacher on a stage asking for money," quacks, phonies, vultures were used to describe them and these were just the ones I'm comfortable putting in the bulletin! Out of 50, I had one positive response, a couple "I don't know anything about them" and the rest were negative. Wow! So, what do you think God DOES think about televangelists? Sometimes, as we consider tough questions like this, God takes us where we weren't heading -- and that certainly happened to me as I put this message together. Join us this morning as we consider another great question in our series based on questions from you. Be warned, it just might not end up where you think it will! (Permalink)

Speaker: Rev. Pat Sleeth   Scripture: Matthew 7:1-5

Handouts: traditional service bulletin, contemporary service bulletin, announcements insert




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