Entries tagged with “Ted Haggard”.


CNN is reporting that two (so far) unrelated shootings occurred about 70 miles apart in Colorado on December 9th leaving 2 dead and several injured.

The first occurred at 12:30am at a YWAM (Youth with a Mission) training facility in a Denver suburb. A man walked into the center, asked for housing, and when told that wasn’t possible pulled a gun and shot 4 people.  Two died during surgery while the other two continue to recover. The suspect is still on the loose.

From YWAM’s Press Room (check back for updated information):

They were simply doing what they did so well: serve. Please pray for Peter and Linda Warren as they lead their staff of 127 through this tragedy, for staff and students, and the families

 

The second shooting occurred around 1pm in the parking lot at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Associate Pastor Rob Brendle and the local police disagree on some of the specifics but several people were injured, including the suspect. The police say 3-5 were injured, the hospital hasn’t given a specific number.  The police state that no one was killed.  A pipe bomb was also found at the church. New Life was in the news in 2006 when its founder Ted Haggard resigned.  Evening services were canceled.

 

This is a sad day for these families.  Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

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Forgiveness is never easy. Webster defines forgive as giving up resentment of something or to cease to feel resentment against an offender.

It is easy to forgive someone who accidentally does something to you, or to forgive a loved one for something.  But to forgive an enemy or someone who has done something horrific?  That is scandalous.  Stan Guthrie in a January column in Christianity Today talks about this scandalous forgiveness.  Using the example of the 10 Amish girls killed last year, Ted Haggard’s unfaithfulness and cover up and finally Corrie ten Boom’s forgiveness of her former Nazi guard. 

Quick forgiveness is sometimes called cheap grace, it is important to forgive though, because Jesus has provided forgiveness for us, and it didn’t come cheap.  We can never pardon a sin or change what has happened, but we can change our circumstances and perspective by beginning the process of forgiveness and allowing redemption to flow from us.  I like this from Guthrie’s article, he is actually quoting Lewis Smedes’, a Fuller Theological Seminary professor of theology and ethics, definition of forgiveness: “forgiveness is an inner response to evil that (when possible) finds fulfillment in outward reconciliation.”  

I like that because it notes the two dimensions of forgiveness, the inner and outer.  We can offer forgiveness, but true and ultimate forgiveness includes reconciliation.  Our world needs less cheap grace and more reconciliation.  When Christ reigns supreme in our lives we can offer forgiveness and reconciliation that will change the world.  The Amish massacre was a great example of a community offering forgiveness and grace, and the world noticed. 

If we continue in the same way, we can impact and change our relationships and community, through forgiveness.

 

 

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Today is Election Day… hope you voted, the polls are closing shortly.

I’m sure you have heard about Ted Haggard and are wondering about “another Christian hypocriate.” It is important to remember we are all fallen and make mistakes, some happen to be bigger and more public than others. This is a good reminder that no one is perfect, not even major spokespeople of the faith. Please visit the New Life website and read the statement from Ted and Gayle Haggard. It is fairly powerful I think.

I particularly like this line from Gayle’s letter: He (Ted) is now the visible and public evidence that every man (woman and child) needs a Savior.

Lets not judge a brother, but support him and his family during this difficult time.

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