I express my gratitude to Gordan McDonald at the Out of Ur site and to James Lutz for offering the reflection I’ve been trying to pinpoint regarding the recent exploits of Ted Haggard. I am always caught up in a range of emotions when a "leading" pastor is exposed as a sinner. My reactions stem from "That idiot-jerk!" to "No duh, we’re all messed up." Somewhere in between those two, or actually, maybe in the paradox of those two, is the appropriate response. (Thanks Len for leading us to these articles.)
Author: Ken Castor
KEN CASTOR - As a veteran youth pastor, Ken Castor is excellent with a nerf gun and is addicted to caffeine. He is the Professor of Youth Ministry at Crown College in Minnesota, where he started the NEXT Ministry Conferences. Ken speaks across the U.S. and Canada, and has a doctorate focused on passing faith and leadership through the generations. He is the Blue Letters Editor of the award-winning Jesus-Centered Bible and has authored several books like Grow Down and Make a Difference. He lives near Minneapolis with his amazing wife and hilarious kids.