10 September 2010
MacDonald's Motivational Tweets
I follow a lot of different pastors and leaders on Twitter. Most of those I follow are individuals I don't agree with theologically or doctrinally. It's a good way to stay in the Emergent loop. I also follow James MacDonald of Harvest Bible Chapel and Walk in the Word. I used to attend Harvest Bible Chapel and left last Fall for various reasons. Without going into detail here, the church has a definite mega-church feel to it, and it is clearly being run as a business, not a church. The worship music is mostly praise choruses where the audience (sorry, can't call it a congregation) is afforded the opportunity to worship and sing about themselves for 30 minutes before the sermon. The reverence for God Almighty has rapidly declined in that church since I first began attending a couple of years ago. Perhaps the biggest reason I left, though, is because the sermons preached by Pastor James began to contradict themselves from one week to another and Scripture wasn't being correctly taught. Yet I continued to follow Pastor James on Twitter to keep up with Harvest and his ministry. Lately, though, I can barely tell the difference between his tweets and those of Rick Warren or Joyce Meyer or any other motivational speaker. I admit, there's nothing inherently wrong with these pithy sayings. But with so many people looking up to Pastor MacDonald as a great Bible teacher, it's disappointing to see that these "tweets"could have been sent by any of the "Christian" motivational speakers today. But I guess that's all part of the slide down the seeker-sensitive slope.