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Re: [Down-to-Earth-Spiritual-Group] New book...

From: Maura
Sent on: Thursday, May 20, 2010 3:12 PM
Carlton Pearson is cool. He was the subject of a segment of the episode 
of This American Life called "Heretics" 
It was a great show in which he and others tell the story of his rise to 
fame, the rejection by his peers and much of his congregation when he 
started preaching that there was no hell and how he found a home among 
liberal Christians. I encourage you all to listen to it online or buy 
the mp3 of it to download. He was also featured in a similar segment of 
Dateline NBC. Here's part 1 
<http://www.msnbc....;­, part 2 
<http://www.msnbc....;­ and the 
transcript <http://www.msnbc....;­ of that.

Michael R. McIntosh wrote:
> Hi, Folks!
> Michael McIntosh, here... from the Springboro group.
> I've been reading Bishop Carlton Pearson's new book, "God is not a 
> Christian, nor a Jew, Muslim, Hindu...". For those of you who have 
> come out of the more traditional, especially the hyper-conservative 
> Christian camp, this book is a great read. Bishop Pearson was one of 
> Oral Roberts' proteges, and he abandoned the wealth and power of his 
> position with that ministry when his own growth process led him to 
> re-evaluate everything he believed and taught.
> I grew up with a missionary living next door to me in a suburb of 
> Dayton. Something seeped into me in those early days, I guess, because 
> I've always had a soft spot for Christian scripture. There is just 
> something in there that touches me deeply. There are parts of this 
> book that move me in the same way. Maybe it's just the joy of hearing 
> about a man so deep in the dogmatic, controlling structure of the 
> religion of his birth finding freedom by simply listening to his heart 
> when it blew the whistle on the whole charade. It takes courage to 
> listen and let go. He did. This is his testament. It is very much in 
> harmony with much that we discuss in this group each week. It is 
> amazing how far this man has come.
> Next time you're at a bookstore, take a peek. You may find it to be 
> your next favorite book.
> -Michael
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