For instance, consider this quote from Mark regarding the sad story of Ted Haggard:
Most pastors I know do not have satisfying, free, sexual conversations and liberties with their wives. At the risk of being even more widely despised than I currently am, I will lean over the plate and take one for the team on this. It is not uncommon to meet pastors’ wives who really let themselves go; they sometimes feel that because their husband is a pastor, he is therefore trapped into fidelity, which gives them cause for laziness. A wife who lets herself go and is not sexually available to her husband in the ways that the Song of Songs is so frank about is not responsible for her husband’s sin, but she may not be helping him either.So, Ted's wife is not responsible, but maybe she should share the blame, because she was lazy. Thanks, Mark, for clearing up why Ted was using the services of a male prostitute.
As you might imagine, this elicited quite a few responses. There's even a protest planned.
So why am I even mentioning a non-denominational megachurch pastor with issues? It seems last week Mark decided to have some fun at the expense of Episcopalians. The catchy title of his entry is "Episcopalians and Male Tesosterone Show Corresponding Decline":
In a surprising decision, the Episcopal Church voted Nevada Bishop Katharine Jefferts-Schori as the first female leader of the entire church at their General Convention in June...In response, Robert Lanham quipped, "Luckily, Mark seems to have enough testosterone for all of us."
...In related news, the testosterone levels of male Americans has dropped significantly in the past twenty years. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism...
...All of this has led this blogger to speculate that if Christian males do not man up soon, the Episcopalians may vote a fluffy baby bunny rabbit as their next bishop to lead God’s men. When asked for their perspective, some bunny rabbits simply said that they have been discriminated against long enough and that people need to "Get over it."
Mars Hill appears to be a personality cult, which is not unusual for some megachurches. Unfortunately, this particular personality is a bit twisted. One can only imagine the damage that is being done among those placed in his pastoral care. Sadly, there are probably quite a few Episcopalians in Fort Worth, San Joaquin and Quincy that would agree with his views.
Mark, in the words of the Bard, you are as a candle, the better burnt out.
UPDATE: Someone sent me this pic of a couple of fluffy bishops. I had to let you see it. Now, who is going to be offended by bunnies? If you are, "Get over it."