Clowns and Other Ecclesiastical Things

This article is part 1 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

I’ve heard of “clown ministry” before but the so-called “Clown Eucharist” takes the cake. No, I have no problem with clowns doing shows for children, giving out candy, and sharing Bible stories. Yes, I have a serious problem with clowns and mimes making a mockery of the sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. On Trinity Sunday–a day for commemorating the sacred Godhead–Trinity Church (Wall Street) …

Episcopal clowns

This article is part 2 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

In an effort to grow the Episcopal Church (ECUSA), the Diocese of Southwest Florida recently held an event called “Beyond Telepathy.” Here’s the archdeacon at the non-telepathetic conference:             Don’t worry about the archdeacon being reprimanded for clowning around in church. You haven’t seen what the bishops were doing! If I ever see a procession like this at my church, …

How many reprobates does it take to screw in a light bulb?

This article is part 3 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

My subscription to Charisma magazine lapsed some time back. I wish it weren’t so. If for no other reason, Charisma makes for good reading because of the level-headed, critical look at the charismatic world that editor J. Lee Grady provides in his monthly editorial columns. And if that’s not enough to pay for a subscription, you can buy it to weep over the foolishness of …

Speaking of shenanigans…

This article is part 4 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

Amongst my reading this morning, I ran across a video clip of Suzanne Hinn, wife of (infamous) pastor Benny Hinn. This video is apparently from 1999 but this was the first I had seen of it. In the video clip, Mrs. Hinn runs from side to side on a stage, yelling into a microphone. She says that if you aren’t revved up like she is, …

Does it ever end?

This article is part 5 of 14 in the series Ugly Church Stuff.

As I was digging around Charisma magazine’s website, I found yet another possible clergy ethics scandal from August: PASTOR PLANS TO RETURN TO PULPIT AFTER REHAB. An Arlington, Texas, pastor is expected to return to the pulpit of his church after his June release from a second drug-treatment facility. Charged in March with drug possession and sexually assaulting three church members, Bishop Terry Hornbuckle was …