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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Leaders of Oak Creek Church
By Sharon Henderson
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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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