1 When Christian celebrities fall, the proper response is mourning.
I had an extraordinary experience this summer. I heard an Anglican charismatic vicar Mark Stibbe give THE BEST sermon I ever heard—which was, oddly, on writing. He prayed for an impartation of the spiritual gift of writing, and I believe I received it. I came back full of excitement, and wrote much and well.
TEN days later, this man, genuinely insightful and spiritually gifted, leaves his wife and family for another woman, and leaves ALL ministry. His forthcoming book was cancelled. I recently spent a couple of hours listening to his videos, and reading a book he’d written. Stibbe knows God, understands God. Oh, would the church find a way to extend grace to those who publicly fall, for all of us fall—privately. [Read more…]