Last week former megachurch pastor Perry Noble filed for divorce from his wife of 17 years. This announcement comes just 16 months after being fired from the lead pastor position at the church he planted the same year he was married. This wasn’t the only big news for Pastor Noble in the recent months. Just this past August, Noble filed paperwork to start a new church, called Second Chance Church.
With all this happening, you have to be asking, is it possible that all this “getting back into ministry” stuff is just a skosh too soon? We don’t want to pretend to know exactly how time is necessary to fully heal or for restoration, but what if what Perry needs more than ministry is church? That’s what we’re talking about in this episode.
What do you think? How much time is enough time before re-entering church leadership?
Our guest for this episode, Meg Delagrange, is truly one of the awesomest people I know. She’s pretty rad at a lot of stuff. She’s a mom, artist, marketing & branding director for a fairly young and booming leather bag company, a New York Fashion Week model, speaker and lots of other stuff. And for all her obvious success and God given blessings, she’s no stranger to tragedy and deep hurt. She’s also not stranger to God made wholeness and healing.
In this episode Meg shares some of those deepest hurts and lets us in on what God has been and continues to do to make her whole and heal her heart.
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In this week’s episode we open with Bruce making fun of Thomas’ wife’s, Angy, cross wall. Thomas said Bruce was hurting his feelings, which was the perfect segway into this week’s topic.
This week we are talking about hurt. Specifically, we discuss the fact that if we chose to live in authentic Gospel Centered Community with others, we can expect to be hurt and come face-to-face with other people’s hurts.
Your Hurts and Community
There isn’t a lot of show notes for this topic. Let’s leave it at this.
Community is a great place to come and put your hurt on the table. By doing so, it allows those closest to you to take it off the table and help you carry it. Community is also a great place to grieve with those that are hurting. And, Community is the perfect place to experience Jesus, find healing for your hurts and help others heal.
This week’s episode bares some resemblance to that feeling you got when your parents told you Santa doesn’t exist. Before we recorded, we had about an hour long conversation on racial reconciliation, which is sufficient to absolutely sap your emotions. Then we decided it was a good idea to record or show on an equally uplifting subject: forgiveness.
Every few months we hear a sermon on Matthew 5:23-24, which says “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” The sermon typically takes the path that if you forgive those that have wronged and offended you, then you free yourself. Every time I hear it preached on, the implication is that forgiveness does and is more for you than the person being forgiven.
The problem is, that’s not the type of forgiveness we see God displaying.
I’m think it’s about, Forgiveness
Colossians 3:13 says, “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” And while this scripture is directed at Christians for Christians, the big take away is that we forgive as God forgives. This episode is directed at that side of forgiveness. The side that is for the other person. That reveals the fruit of the Holy Spirt. It frees the other person and creates a path, as Jesus did, to be reconciled to God.