Audio footage recently surfaced of John MacArthur (JM) (and others) giving their opinion on Beth Moore (BM). In short, he tells BM to, “Go home and stop preaching.” It’s worth a cringing 7-minute listen.
A few thoughts:
- JM should be embarrassed, and he should issue a public apology to BM.
- Pastors talking publicly should not sound like a political town hall on CNN.
- This is hyper-complementarianism, and it is dangerous for the church.
- The content was lost because of the tone.
- Young men were listening and learning from JM.
- This is a case study on the church needing major reform.
Tithing is a biblical principle that is found in both the Old and New Testaments. God set apart the Levites to care for the temple, and He instructed the other 11 tribes to give to the work of the Levites.
In the same way, God calls churches to collectively work together to champion the work of Christ and to care for the pastors, church planters, and missionaries in their care.
Tithing ten percent of one’s gross income is giving to God the first fruits of everything He already owns. When we do this, we practice and prove our faith in Him.
We walked out of the front door of our row home.
Crossed the street.
Jumped into our car that was street-parked.
We, then, pulled out onto 36th Street NW barely missing the bicyclist.
As we drove down Wisconsin Avenue, we realized it was the delivery truck time of day, as massive trucks lined the right lane. Because of this, we were stuck going 3 mph for almost 1-mile.
Finally arriving at our destination, we pulled into the parking garage, but there was an “important guest” also there. After our car was strip searched, we paid $20 to park for an allergist visit.
I have made some great hires over the years, and I have made some terrible hires over the years. One thing I have never regretted, however, is being committed to hiring slow. Hiring people is an art, but you need a system so the right people end up on the bus. Furthermore, you want people in the right seats.
Make sure they fit your culture (this has been my achilles heel).
Make sure there is chemistry (spend lots of time together).
Get referrals on their character (this is common sense).
Do your homework on their competency (see their previous work).