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Please Pray for the Wounded Shepherds.

Ron and Hope Carpenter
Ron and Hope Carpenter

America’s most prominent pastor, Rick Warren, and his wife, Kay, lost their 27-year-old son, Matthew, to suicide earlier this year. The Warrens grieved privately for months. When they finally spoke publicly with CNN’s Piers Morgan about the tragedy in September, they offered comfort to every family that has ever battled the reality of mental illness.

They also showed the nation that pastors are people too—and they hurt just like the rest of us.

Last weekend, one of the nation’s most prominent Pentecostal pastors bared his soul to say something no one wants to admit publicly. Ron Carpenter Jr., founder of Redemption World Outreach Center in Greenville, S.C., told thousands of his congregants on Oct. 13 that his wife of 23 years, Hope, had been involved in inappropriate relationships and that she had been admitted to a rehab facility.

“Hope is not well,” Carpenter said. “I am bearing the expense of one year of treatment that is extensive … and I am committed totally and completely to my kids one day having a mother that is whole and that is well.”

Carpenter and his wife are the most visible pastors in their denomination, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church (IPHC). His late father was a presiding bishop of the group, and Redemption World Outreach Center became a phenomenon in the 1990s because it broke the color barrier in a Southern city known for its racial divisions.

The Carpenters grew up in small towns in South Carolina. Hope was a cheerleader from Calhoun Falls while Ron lived in Possum Kingdom, which he jokingly refers to as “a wide place in the road.” Graduates of IPHC’s Emmanuel College, the couple fell in love as students, married in 1990 and began Redemption the next year in a drab warehouse with a handful of people. Today the church has thousands of members, and Ron, who is only 44, leads an apostolic network with 1,400 affiliated ministers who look to him for covering.

But Ron Carpenter was not in his typical spitfire preaching mode last Sunday. He was a broken man, and he sobbed uncontrollably at one point as he shared how the crisis in his home has affected his children. While he admitted that he doesn’t plan to stay married, he asked for prayers for his wife.

“She does not need wrath [or] anger; she needs prayer, she needs support and she needs miracles,” Ron said of Hope.

This is not how any of us would have scripted Ron and Hope Carpenter’s story. This is not supposed to happen. We expect pastors to have fairy tale marriages and ideal families. When pastors face issues such as adultery, divorce, mental illness or even prodigal children, it doesn’t compute. They are our role models, so we expect perfection. And when imperfections appear, we are often quick to judge.

Since October has been designated Pastor Appreciation Month (I tend to think we should appreciate our leaders every month!), I offer a few guidelines on how to pray for your pastors.

Pray for protection. I personally believe Satan targets leaders. That doesn’t mean our archenemy doesn’t bother everyone else, but warriors on the front lines get blasted the hardest. This is why Paul appealed for prayers on his behalf (see 1 Thess. 5:25; 2 Thess. 3:1). Pray that God will shield your pastor from demonic attacks and temptations.

Pray for friends. So many pastors I know are lonely. Some struggle to share intimate information with church members because they have been betrayed in the past. Others can’t open up about a family problem or a personal temptation to a denominational leader because they fear being exposed. But leaders cannot stay healthy in isolation. Pray that your pastor develops a close support network.

Pray for rest. We’ve all heard horror stories of fat cat pastors who get big paychecks and expect royal treatment. But those guys are the exception, not the rule. Most pastors I know are overworked, underpaid and striving to serve their people—including those who gripe and complain every week but never put a dollar in the offering plate. Pastoring is often a thankless job. Pray that your pastor does not burn out. Better yet, after you’ve prayed, help raise an offering to send his or her family on a vacation!

Pray for joy. Way back in the 1800s, British preacher Charles Spurgeon admitted that he struggled with depression regularly. He said of the tiring work of ministry, “How often, on Lord’s Day evenings, do we feel as if life were completely washed out of us! After pouring out our souls over our congregations, we feel like empty earthen pitchers which a child might break.” I can promise that your pastor feels regularly drained. He or she needs an infusion of God’s presence and joy to replenish the soul.

When leaders like Rick Warren or Ron Carpenter admit their weaknesses, we shouldn’t kick them when they are down. Hold the complaints and accusations—it is Satan’s job to accuse. Do the opposite and bless your pastors—and pray for strength, comfort, healing and joy to sustain them though every trial.



J. Lee Grady is the former editor of Charisma and the director of the Mordecai Project( You can follow him on Twitter at @leegrady. To watch Ron Carpenter’s Oct. 13 statement, click here

Donald Trump: ‘I’m a Believer in the Tea Party’.

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By Greg Richter

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump says he likes what Sen. Ted Cruz and other members of the tea party are doing as they try to rein in the debt ceiling and work out a budget deal.

In an interview Thursday night, CNN’s Piers Morgan asked Trump what he would do if he were in House Speaker John Boehner‘s shoes, with “40 people in his party effectively holding the entire country to ransom.”

“I’m a believer in the tea party because what they want is what’s really right for this country,” Trump responded. Members of the GOP tea party caucus want something done about the debt and other issues, he said.

“Our country is in a freefall,” Trump said. “These are great American people. Sometimes severe, sometimes not so severe, but they do want what’s good for the country.”

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Trump said that Boehner, Obama, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all have the country’s best interests at heart, but have different beliefs on how to achieve it. And one of Obama’s problems is that he’s not a natural deal-maker.

America must have better leadership, he said, to ever improve.

“If we don’t have the right leadership we will never have a great economy again,” Trump said. “And we frankly will not be a great country again.”

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George and Barbara Witness a Wedding: When a Private Act Sends a Public Message.

George and Barbara Witness a Wedding: When a Private Act Sends a Public Message

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara attended a wedding a few days ago, and it made national news. According to The Washington Post, the elder Bushes attended the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, held at Kennebunkport, Maine. The two lesbians, co-owners of a general store in neighboring Kennebunk, were married in an outdoor celebration attended by family and friends. The 41st President of the United States was present, along with the former First Lady. Bonnie Clement told The Washington Post, “Who would be best to acknowledge the importance of our wedding as our friends and as the former leader of the free world? When they agreed to do so we just felt that it was the next acknowledgement of being ‘real and normal.’”

As it turns out, President Bush did not merely attend the wedding. He also served as an official witness, signing the legal documents for the ceremony and the Maine wedding license. Under a photograph with the former president the couple added the words, “Getting our marriage license witnessed!”

No one should be surprised by the opening line of the report in The Washington Post: “Another prominent Republican has come out in support of same-sex marriage — or, at least, in support of one particular same-sex marriage.” Similarly, the “Daily Intelligencer” column at New York Magazine declared that George and Barbara Bush are apparently in favor of same-sex marriage “since they not only attended a lesbian couple’s wedding on Saturday, but served as witnesses as well.”

The news coverage of the Bushes’ attendance at the same-sex wedding points to a reality that must be understood — and fast. Attendance at a wedding is not a neutral act. The history and context of the wedding ceremony identify all those present as agreeing to the rightness of the marriage and acting as witnesses to the exchange of vows. This is why the venerable language of The Book of Common Prayer, used in the overwhelming majority of Christian weddings, calls upon anyone with knowledge that the proposed union is invalid to speak, “or forever hold his peace.” Anyone remaining silent at that point is affirming the rightness and validity of the marriage, and all who are present are counted as both witnesses and those who celebrate the union.

This issue arose two years ago when controversy erupted over comments that Houston megachurch pastor Joel Osteen made on CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight. In response to a question from Morgan, Osteen said that he would not officiate at a same-sex wedding. Morgan then pressed him by asking if Osteen would attend a same-sex wedding. Osteen replied:

Well, I haven’t been to many weddings lately to begin with and I’m talking about somebody that was, you know, dear to us. I’m not going to disrespect somebody that’s dear to us and say, you know what, you’re not good enough for us or something like that. That’s the way that I would see it. Now, I’m not going to just run off and go attend, you know, certain marriages just to make a statement because that’s not who I am and that’s not what I stand for and, again, I don’t look down on those people.

That is incoherence, and even Piers Morgan saw through it. It is incoherent to say that you cannot officiate at a same-sex wedding because you believe it to be wrong, and then turn around and say that you would attend a same-sex wedding and join in the celebration. Beyond incoherence, it is ministerial malpractice and bearing false witness.

We must certainly understand the relational challenges and the predicaments that this poses forChristians who do not believe that same-sex marriage is right in the sight of God. Those who would affirm same-sex marriage and the normalization of homosexuality must defy the clear teachings of Scripture. Christians cannot affirm what the Bible defines as sin, and yet that is what is demanded of us in our current cultural context. One of the hardest issues for every Christian will be the responsibility to relate to everyone we know with both love and truth.

But it is truth that protects love from dissolving into mere sentimentality. Likewise, it is love that prevents truth from being reduced to impersonal abstractions. At some point or another, almost all of us will be put into the situation Piers Morgan asked Joel Osteen to consider. At some point, we will either attend a same-sex ceremony, or we will not. Declining to attend will come with undeniable relational consequences, but so would attending. As one believer who struggles with same-sex attraction recently told me, “It does not help when fellow Christians send mixed signals.” We cannot allow our love to lapse into sentimentality, even as we love those who plan to enter into what we know is not and cannot be marriage. Note carefully that Bonnie Clement spoke of the Bushes’ presence at the wedding as a powerful affirmation that the union was “real and normal.”

A spokesman for President and Mrs. Bush said that the former first couple attended the wedding as “private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.” There are two problems with this account. First, if the Bushes were simply private citizens, there would have been no news story. After all, Bonnie Clement told the newspaper that President Bush had been invited as a friend “and as the former leader of the free world.” Needless to say, being identified as “former leader of the free world” is not a private matter. Second, a wedding is not actually a private affair. That marriage license was not filed with friends, but with a legal authority. And that legal document, available for public view as a public record, lists George H.W. Bush as an official witness to the union. The Washington Post had every good reason to declare that the former president had “come out in support of same-sex marriage.”

But, this is not just about the Bushes. The same predicament remains, even if we are not the former leader of the free world. To be present at a wedding is to affirm that it is right, whether you sign a legal document or not.

No one said this was going to be easy, and this is hardly the end of the predicaments and perplexities that will challenge Christians who stand on biblical teaching in the days ahead. This is one question, however, that Christians had better think through fast. A wedding invitation might soon be headed your way.

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Publication date: October 2, 2013

Albert Mohler, President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Bill Clinton: Chelsea Would Make Better President Than Hillary.

Former President Bill Clinton says his daughter Chelsea could eventually make a better president than his wife Hillary.

Asked on CNN’sPiers Morgan Live” Wednesday night which of them would do the better job as the nation’s chief executive, Clinton responded, “Day after tomorrow — my wife because she’s had more experience.

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But, he added, “Over the long run, Chelsea. She knows more than we do about everything.

“There was a time in her childhood when I thought maybe she thought she did when she didn’t. Now, it’s highly embarrassing because she, in fact, does. So I feel like I’m going to school every day when we have conversations.”

The comments from her father came not long after Chelsea Clinton opened the door to a possible political career. She told CNN in August that she one day might consider running for office.

For now, though, she seems content working for the family’s Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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Bill Clinton: Putin ‘Kept His Word’ in Deals.

While President Barack Obama and other members of the U.S. government wonder whether Russian president Vladimir Putin can be trusted to broker a deal on Syrian chemical weapons, former President Bill Clinton says Putin always kept his word.

“You work for the best and prepare for the worst in this business,” Clinton said Wednesday on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live.” “But I think it would be a terrible mistake not to take advantage of the opportunity” to get rid of Syria’s chemical weapons.”

Calling Putin “very smart,” Clinton said he and Putin had a “brutally blunt” relationship.

“He kept his word in all the deals we made,” Clinton said. Putin was Russia’s prime minister at the end of Clinton’s second term.

Putin’s government has suggested working with its ally, Syria, to rid that country of its chemical weapons and avert a U.S. military strike. Critics fear Putin and Syrian President Bashar Assad may be stalling in an effort to hide the weapons. 

The United Nations says Syria gassed more than 1,400 of its own civilians in August. Syria denies it, but has finally admitted it has chemical weapons as part of the Russian-backed deal.

Clinton said the deal is worth pursuing.

“You should try everything,” he said. “Never shut anything off. It is not necessary to trust somebody to take them up on a good offer. Just pay attention to what’s going on.”


Turning to the current disharmony in Washington, Clinton says he was able to get things done with Republicans by cutting side deals while the House Speaker Newt Gingrich and the GOP attacked him publicly.

“We worked it out when he was trying to run me out of town,” he said of Gingrich. “We were still working together. It was a game to him.”

Gingrich once told Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles, “The difference between us is that we’ll do whatever we can, and you won’t do that. You think there are things you shouldn’t do,” Clinton said. “And once I realized what the deal was, I let him do whatever he could, and we did business on the side.”

Clinton said today’s Republicans are different. The GOP Congress in the ’90s shut the government twice and wanted to keep their jobs, he said, so they thought they had to show up for work and get something done.

Reapportionment has created a climate in the House, and in some states that are led by Republicans, he said, that they don’t believe they have to get anything done – just “demonize the opposition.”

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By Greg Richter

Rick Warren: I ‘Forgive’ Person Who Sold Illegal Gun to Mentally-Ill Son.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay, have become crusaders for helping the mentally ill since their 27-year-old son Matthew committed suicide in April.

The couple told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview that aired Tuesday they always feared their son one day would take his own life, but felt powerless to prevent it.

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Matthew Warren bought a gun illegally over the Internet and used it to shoot himself in April 2013.

“We’re devastated, but we’re not destroyed,” Kay told Morgan.

“I have cried every single day since Matthew died,” Rick added. “But that’s actually a good thing. Grief is a good thing; it’s the way we get through the transitions of life.”

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Rick had planned a sermon titled “What to do on the worst day of your life” for the upcoming Sunday, not knowing he would experience the worst day of his own life before he would have the chance to deliver it.

“The day that I had feared might happen one day since he’d been born, and the day that I’d prayed would never happen, happened,” Rick said.

The Warrens knew their youngest child had a mental illness from childhood. He was eventually diagnosed with borderline personality.

He struggled for years with emotional pain, his parents said, and tried to kill himself with a drug overdose twice. He wrestled with suicidal thoughts for years.

Matthew told his parents about the gun he bought, but warned them if they called the police he would use it on himself before police could reach him.

Matthew didn’t want to die violently, and tried to buy poison over the Internet to make a more peaceful transition, Kay said. He spent thousands of dollars, but online dealers never sent him the poisons.

“It’s the world’s loss that he’s not here,” Rick said, describing his son as a loving, funny person who could go into a room and find the person in the most pain and cheer him up.

The Warrens said they are grateful that California’s tough gun laws kept weapons out of Matthew’s hands for as long as they did. One of the hardest things they had to do was forgive the person who sold him the gun, Rick said, “because I didn’t want to forgive him.”

“He preyed on a desperate person,” Kay said of the online gun dealer.

Rick said he has to forgive the dealer, not for the dealer’s sake, but for his own.

“I forgive, first, because I’ve been forgiven by God. Second, unforgiveness makes me miserable. And third, I’m going to need more forgiveness in the future.”

“I don’t want to be tied emotionally to that person for the rest of my life,” Kay said.

Still, Kay says she doesn’t have problem with the Second Amendment.

“I’m not saying guns should be outlawed completely,” she said. “I do believe our Constitution has that there for a reason.”

But she believes in laws that protect the innocent and vulnerable. She would like to see guns come with warning labels about the dangers of suicide and instructions to keep them away from family members with mental illnesses.

The Warrens said they want to help others who have gone through what they have, and they want to help prevent future tragedies. Current laws, Rick said, give so much liberty to people suffering from mental illness that their families are often powerless to help them.

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And while he is glad God can use his family’s loss to help others, it doesn’t completely ease the pain.

“You say, are you happy it’s making a difference? Of course I am,” Rick said. “I still want my son back.”

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By Greg Richter

Rick Warren: Got on Knees and Prayed Over Navy Yard Shootings.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren said he prayed for the victims and families of the Washington Naval Yard shootings the moment he heard about it.

“When I heard about those deaths, at the naval yard, the first thing I did was get down on my knees and pray for those families, of the victims, those who died, and those who are wounded,” Warren told CNN’s Piers Morgan in an interview to air Tuesday. “My heart went out to them.”

Warren lost his 27-year-old son, Matthew, to a gun-inflicted suicide just after Easter this year. He took 17 weeks away from the pulpit of his 20,000-member church before returning to preach a series titled, “How to get through what you’re going through.”

Warren is also a best-selling author.

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By Greg Richter

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