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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Leaders of Oak Creek Church
By Sharon Henderson
11/19/07


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1940: Oak Creek Church, Preacher Andrew Wagner:
I preached on the War today. People complained. Said I should be focused on Biblical history not on current history. They canít tell me what to preach as I stand in front of my congregation. Itís MY pulpit.

1960: Oak Creek Church, Preacher Brad Matthews:
It was a simple sermon. We need to follow the political progress of our country. The new norm is civil rights and thatís what the people need to hear. Deacon Campbell told me that I must never preach on that topic again. Who does he think he is? Itís MY pulpit.

1980: Oak Creek Church, Preacher Charles Jones:
Society is changing. My church members need to understand things like multi-culturalism. They need to be aware of the left-wing agenda. If I donít warn them about the war between the gays and heteroís, who will? Iíll use this platform to inform them. Itís MY pulpit.

2000: Oak Creek Church, Preacher David:
Acid Rain. Polution. Alternative Fuel. This is the 21st century and people are ignorant. If I donít preach to them about saving the environment then who will? Millie Blackwater says that I should stick to the Bible in my sermons. Whatever! Iíll talk about what I want to talk about. Itís MY Pulpit.

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I gave these men a special calling. I asked them to share my good news yet all they want to do is talk about Ďcurrentí events. They seem to have forgotten why they have the platform they have. Not one of them even realizes that the pulpit they preach from does not belong to them. It does not belong to that local church. It belongs to me. Itís MY pulpit.


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Joanne Sher 11/24/07
Hard-hitting, convicting, well done piece. Much to ponder here - good writing.
Kristen Hester11/26/07
Very Creative! I like the repetition of "It's My pulpit." This is very powerful. Great job!
Dee Yoder 11/27/07
Great commentary on the problem of the territorial pastor who doesn't want the job he's there for: shepherding and teaching the people GOD'S word. Too many pastors feel this way; some even say it's MY church.
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Very creative! You've done great work on this.
Jan Ackerson 11/27/07
Very thought-provoking!
Sheri Gordon11/27/07
I really, really like this. The last line gave me chills -- I could almost hear God speaking. Wonderful job with the topic.
william price11/27/07
Superby presented commentary that really makes me think; which means it accomplished its goal. Brave writing. God bless.
Deborah Engle 11/28/07
How sad that these thoughts could be true, but sadly, they have been on many occasions. Thanks for writing.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
This was so good. How sad that often times those who are called get sidetracked on their own agendas. I especially liked the ending when God gives his opinion on them all. Well done!