Saturn from Cassini 2004
“To enter heaven is to become more human than you ever succeeded in being on earth; to enter hell, is to be banished from humanity.” – C. S. Lewis
Dan Sumpter’s position at HBC and Walk in the Word (WITW)
- Pastor of Worship from 2010-2015
- Pastor of Production, Communications and Special Events from 2016-2018
- Global Creative Director from 2018-present (about one year)
Dan Sumpter did not want his statement to get out to anyone but MacDonald, the Elders and HR and that is just plain wrong.
I have a problem with this. The people who paid his salary were the members of the church. A church is a community of believers and hiding serious issues is deceptive and unbecoming behavior on the part of church leaders. I also believe that everyone who has been encouraged to attend the church, who has bought HBC or WITW materials, listened to services online, attended functions, etc. should be brought in on the secret.
James MacDonald jumped up and down, wanting to be recognized by the world.
-“Come listen to me.”
-“Come to the church.”
– “Buy our stuff so you can learn about God,” etc.
Well, MacDonald sure caught the eye of the public and it’s not going so well.
Here’s the problem. Those leaders, who along with MacDonald, played these “look at me” games do not get to say what should and should not be seen by the public. All of these leaders played in the public eye and now they get to pay in the public eye.
Where’s the repentance?
I don’t know this dudebro but his words leave me cold. He apparently did not want his own marvelous reputation getting mixed up with James MacDonald’s increasingly bad notoriety. He mentioned that the downsizing of WITW has left him “emotionally devastated.” How they heck does he think the people of the church felt when confronted with far more than WITW? Good night!
This statement appears to be all about his feelings. I just wish I could have heard more about his love and concern for the feelings of the people he vowed to serve. Maybe that’s just asking a bit too much of so called pastors these days.
I don’t know why this song keeps coming to mind. Maybe it’s just because it is a rainy Monday…