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Posted 6/24/14 at 8:14 AM | Duke Taber

Southern Baptist And Vineyard Churches Blasted By Focus On The Family Fundraising Letter

Friday I received an email from a concerned member of my church because of an email that was sent to them by Focus on the Family. Until now I have always held Focus on the Family in high regard. That does not mean I have always agreed with them, but I have always felt that they were an ethical ministry that worked in cooperation with the larger family of Evangelical Christians. Never in my wildest dreams would I ever have believed that they would use painful and heartbreaking situations within the Southern Baptist Convention or the Association of Vineyard Churches for their own personal profit and gain but here is the letter.

 

   

 

How Should the Church Respond to Homosexuality?

 

     
  "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure."

God designed sexual expression to unite a man and a woman in marriage and to represent the union of Christ and His Bride, The Church. FULL POST

Posted 10/17/13 at 1:52 PM | Duke Taber

A Wet Blanket For John MacArthur's Strange Fire

John MacArthur has just started his so called "Strange Fire" conference. Ignoring appeals from traditional Pentecostal leaders and those within the Charismatic movement, he has chosen to go along with his inflamatory rhetoric and diatribe. However this is nothing new. I am old enough to remember the last time MacArthur went on this rant back in the 90's with Charismatic Chaos. At the time I was just starting out in ministry and did not feel it was my place to get involved in the fray. This time is another story.

MacArthur continues to use the worldly tactic of using extremes to prove a point. He takes the opinions of a few on the fringes of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement and claims falsely that ALL fall into that category. Does he remember the 9th commandment?

However the question remains whether or not MacArthur is even credible about this subject. Apart from the fact that He takes the extremes and makes a point, his real intent and focus is to prove that the theory of cessationism is true. He has said more than once that there is no evidence of spiritual gifts being used in history after the last Apostle died.
Is this true?

If it is true, then MacArthur is credible. If not, then he is just as much of a false prophet as those he claims he is exposing. FULL POST

Posted 10/7/13 at 12:12 PM | Duke Taber

Christian Crowdfunding

This article was first published on Taber's Truths Christian Living Magazine

The other day I had something interesting happen. I was on the phone to my friend Chris Michaels. We were talking about the struggles his church was facing in finding a pastor and how to support him once they do. In the midst of that conversation we started talking about crowdfunding. Now for those of you that do not know what crowd funding is, it is the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.

All of a sudden the Holy Spirit started to speak to Chris and he got excited. Not only was there a way for him to help his church but there was a way that he could help others in the same situation. He could help people who had a vision to do something for God but didn’t have the way to generate the income to accomplish their vision. Because of our conversation, Fund My Mission was born. FULL POST

Posted 7/24/13 at 12:23 PM | Duke Taber

Vineyard USA Returns To Roots

Ever since the founder of the Vineyard, John Wimber went to be with Jesus, there has been a question as to which way the Vineyard was going to go in relation to the gifts and operations of the Holy Spirit. This season of soul searching is normal for a group of people who lose a very gifted and charismatic leader. This year at the National Conference in Anaheim Ca., this question seemed to be resolved.

With video greetings from such notables as Jack Hayford and Reinhard Bonnke the Association of Vineyard Churches once again recognized that God had given them the genetic code of always being people with a passion and practice of walking in the fruit and power of the Spirit.

In John 15:4 Jesus makes a bold statement. He says that we cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Him. When we see ebb in the spiritual vitality of a church or in our personal life it can be attributed to one thing. We are not abiding as closely as we once were with Jesus.

The Vineyard saw this ebb and appointed a Holy Spirit committee to make recommendations to fix this problem, knowing that if a denomination of people feel the need to appoint a committee to study this type of problem then the problem is worse than they think. FULL POST

Posted 3/1/13 at 10:50 AM | Duke Taber

10 Lessons From A Near Death Experience

Last fall I had the opportunity to make a new friend in my life. Pastor Steve Sjogren was the guest speaker at our pastors conference. When I first started listening to Steve I was immediately struck with the fact that this man was not your normal guest speaker you would find at a pastors conference. Although he at one time pastored one of the largest Vineyard churches in our fellowship, the man I saw was what he himself would call an "irregular" person.

You see, a while back, while Steve was still pastoring the Cincinnati Ohio Vineyard church, he had a near death experience. That N.D.E. forever changed his life.

Heaven's Lessons

Recently Steve asked me to read his new book published by Thomas Nelson and review it. I told him that I am not a book reviewer but because we had become friends, I would share with all of you what I thought about the book. What I did not expect was to be so touched and transfixed by the book. I honestly could not put it down and I am not a big book reader. FULL POST

Posted 2/9/13 at 9:07 AM | Duke Taber

Christian Alternatives To Facebook

Many Christians have gotten a little fed up with Facebook. Whether they are finding that their posts mysteriously disappear, or are not shared with all of their friends due to Facebook’s decision to censor religious speech, (Facebook, Apple, Google censoring religious speech?) or they are tired of posts that use inappropriate pictures or language, or they just want a place where they can go to get uplifted and encouraged, Christians have been looking for alternatives to Facebook. It was because of this need that I decided to use the popularity of my own website Taber's Truths and our Facebook Fan Page to enter the Christian social networking niche and launch Christian Faithbook. However, since I have always had a big tent philosophy towards other Christians and Christian websites, I wanted to provide you with a list of the best Christian Social Networking sites for 2013. I have used a 3 point criteria for this list. I have made the decision on who to include based on the number of members, number of features, and whether the site is moderated to weed out spam and inappropriate posts and pictures. This list is not ranked, but just the 10 best Christian social networking sites I could find based on that criteria. FULL POST

Posted 1/14/13 at 2:10 PM | Duke Taber

Has Brian McLaren Left The Evangelical Camp?

Recently I was asked to chime into the discussion concerning some views and beliefs of Brian McLaren. He is called by some people, an Evangelical leader. Maybe I have gotten old. Maybe I am just too “old school” to understand certain things about what is called “post modern Christianity” or the “emergent church”. But to me, what I read and saw was not what I would consider views and beliefs that fit into the broad definition of Evangelical, of whom I have been a part for going on 34 years.

In an interview done by Glass House Theology, Brian was asked some questions that caught my attention. Primarily the question asked of him concerning his views on atonement. Here is an excerpt from that interview.

Q: In your book, “A New Kind Of Christianity,” you describe how, while a pastor, people would come to you and ask “good questions” that eventually unraveled your set doctrines. Can you tell us one that stuck with you and how it informed your reassembled beliefs? How did you make sense of this “unraveling?” Why was it OK that your belief structure evolved? FULL POST

Posted 12/17/12 at 11:08 PM | Duke Taber

Being A Pastor To The Grieving During The Holidays

The holidays can be no holiday for many people in our congregations. For those of us that are single, alone and especially for those that have lost loved ones, Christmas becomes an intense time of feeling the loss that we have experienced. As a pastor, and as a Christian single, I am challenged with not only dealing with my own heart issues concerning this time of year, but I am responsible for making sure that those within my flock are not left without comfort or resources to help them during their need. It is with this in mind, that I want to share with you both the things I have learned over the years that have helped myself and others deal with this time, but also what a dear friend and fellow pastor has shared as well on my website.

Things To Remember When Ministering To The Grieving During The Holidays

Probably the most important thing to remember when shepherding the grieving during the holidays is that what the person needs is not to be cheered up or help fixing the problem. The problem will never be fixed. It will never "get better" over time. It will become less emotional and less painful but it will never be better. You can never tell a mother that the loss of her son or daughter will get better. It won't. It just won't hurt as intensely as it does currently. So when you come alongside them to help them through this time, your job is not to fix the problem, it is to walk by their side as they experience the loss. FULL POST

Posted 6/30/12 at 1:29 PM | Duke Taber

The Average Salary Of A Pastor In America

The average salary of a pastor in America.

Now, remember, most students coming out of Bible college do not become a pastor right away, they usually have to start as a youth pastor, associate pastor, or some other entry level position within the church. Because of this, their salary will be even less than what is listed here.

Typical salary in America for pastors

Today few pastors receive an unreasonably high salary. A reasonable income is based on what would ordinarily be paid for like services by a similar organization under similar circumstances. Most ministers serving in pulpits today are highly trained and well educated. In obedience to God, congregations should pay them what they are worth. FULL POST

Posted 5/22/12 at 6:01 PM | Duke Taber

Maintaining Balance And Wisdom In The Midst Of The Same Sex Marriage Controversy

Recently there were a couple of videos brought to my attention that were quite controversial. Both were by pastors in North Carolina who made statements from the pulpit that were to say the least, unwise. To say that there is a heated debate going on about same sex marriage would be an understatement. President Obama's declaration that he supports same sex marriage has caused a firestorm in our country and in the church. Because of this controversy I felt something needed to be said about how to maintain balance and wisdom in the midst of all the rhetoric being shouted from the rooftops.

My own confession of having opened my mouth and inserted my foot.

There was a time many years ago when I used very little wisdom about the homosexual issue. I gave my heart to Jesus when I was 16 years old. Shortly after that I demonstrated a lot of zeal with very little wisdom. I was sitting at the cafeteria table during the lunch hour and the subject of homosexuality came up. I raised my voice and in all the authority that a person who knew very little but thought he knew a great lot, proclaimed without hesitancy "God killed the Homos in the Old Testament!" Sitting next to me was a dear friend and a new believer who came from a very dysfunctional family who got up crying and ran out of the room. Little did I know that her brother was a professing homosexual. FULL POST