Found myself really blessed by this podcast today while I worked out at a gym in good Ol’ Smithers, BC. If you haven’t listened to This American Life before I highly recommended it.
From the website:
The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a renowned evangelical pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who cast aside the idea of Hell, and with it everything he’d worked for over his entire life.
As one who left the church and my role as a pastor only 2 years ago and who is rethinking a lot of things in a really positive way, I found the way people in the south treated this man quite sad and I guess interesting. I am sure some of my best friends don’t agree with my current journey (in fact I had 2 of them question my salvation in a face to face meeting), but for the most part my journey has been incredibly positive. People listen and try to learn. Those who don’t want to either listen or learn, basically smile and wave, which is fine by me. It helps, I guess, that I actually have a lot of good biblical reasons for some of my new beliefs, but no one, no matter what belief should be abandoned by their friends.
I suppose that is what was most powerful to me in this message. Friendships and how beliefs impact those relationships.
Please listen/ download it before you have to buy it!