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Saturday, May 22, 2004

All 42 of Highland's elders have resigned and their wives have stepped in to run the church. How do I know that? A friend just contacted me from Arkansas saying that he'd heard it directly from a reliable source. That upsets me. Why wouldn't anyone tell me that happened? Here I am the minister of this church, there is a sudden coup d'etat, and no one bothers to tell me. And the worst part? It all apparently happened since Wednesday night. Sure, the eldership seemed unified and joy-filled, but they must have been hiding something from me. Either that or the rumor--reported as fact!--is untrue. But surely not. It's hard to imagine that anyone would pass along anything so preposterous. It's just easier to believe it happened but no one has told me yet. Don't you think?


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    By Blogger David Michael, at 5/22/2004 08:15:00 AM  

  • I don't think the Starbucks in Abilene is large enough for your new elder meetings. (:

    By Blogger David Michael, at 5/22/2004 08:21:00 AM  

  • Well, there is no way this is true. I have never seen a case yet where the elders had to resign in order for their wives to run the church.

    By Blogger Jim Shelton, at 5/22/2004 10:03:00 AM  

  • Hi Mike
    I know you are not surprised at the rumor given as fact about Highland. Higland strives towards being a commmunity whose reality is one of cruciform life in every way rather that being a part of the corporate religious world which continues to mask its own agenda in doing it right. May God continue to demand allegiance to him only not to doctrines, right worship, or anything that takes our focus off of Jesus who was not in any majority party or opinion,except God the Father.

    By Blogger lauraoldenburg, at 5/22/2004 10:30:00 AM  

  • Mike, if they let you know who's really running the place, then they'd have to let you know that they really DO think you only work for an hour on Sundays. It's a slippery slope.

    By Blogger Tim Castle, at 5/22/2004 12:03:00 PM  

  • I dunno. It came from Arkansas.

    "Can anything good come out of Arkansas?"

    Besides me, I mean.

    By Blogger Q, at 5/22/2004 04:16:00 PM  

  • This is as bad a the rumor I heard about a year ago that two Highland elders were female. With names like Kim and Gwynneth how could anyone be mistaken. Our Father must weep with such gossip coming from the lips of his children.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2004 06:02:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I really think you should resolve whatever it is about Arkansas. God has used you well. I am quite disappointed that you will allow the rumor meal affect you this way. Your previous blog about Searcy really disturbed me. This is your forum. I usually enjoy hearing what is going on with you. You can be the bigger man here, if you want to be. I'll be praying that God will lead you to inner peace regarding this matter.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/23/2004 03:18:00 PM  

  • Wouldn't a "bigger man" sign his comment? :-)

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 5/23/2004 06:06:00 PM  

  • Dear Anonymous -

    Thanks for coming to me directly. :) No need for big inner peace here, brother (or sister). The call just came from out of state. Location indicates that the rumor wasn't local (where many of the rumors about Highland begin). And the rumor mill (Is a "rumor meal" low-carb?) IS dangerous. It's damaging. One way of addressing ludicrous rumors is to underscore that they are ludicrous rumors. We've got enough whacky, dysfunctional things about us (including the preacher!). Why generate ones that are NOT true?

    By Blogger Mike, at 5/24/2004 05:21:00 AM  

  • Surely this was a joke... 42 elders resign? No one would really believe that, right?

    Mike, I used to visit a friend at Harding when you were there, and other than the hours upon hours of pick up basketball (ha!), worshipping with you at College Church was always the highlight of the visit. I've always enjoyed your sermons/lessons, books, articles, etc., and I was happy to find this blog recently. I don't understand the apparent cold shoulder you are getting from the Searcy folks. Can you enlighten me, I truly don't understand? If it is not cool to re-hash, I certainly understand.


    By Blogger Jeff, at 5/24/2004 10:51:00 AM  

  • When my dad was preaching at Sunset Ridge, the leadership received a letter from a local San Antonio church formally dismissing them from the brotherhood for their use of instrumental music during a recent get together. They found this confusing, since they had not used instruments at any recent worship time. A week or so later, Max Lucado contacted my dad to let him know the Oak Hills church had received a confusing letter dismissing them from the brotherhood for allowing women full participation in the morning worship. Having not taken that step, the leadership at Oak Hills was confused. The local church had confused the two churches and the reasons for their dismissal. It was loads of fun.

    By Blogger chrismith, at 5/27/2004 03:33:00 PM  

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