User Profile: Pastor Melissa

Pastor Melissa

Member Since: March 28, 2011


  • October 11, 2016 at 6:59am

    Did you just use a quadrant of the Johari Window? If you did, that was brilliant! (If not Google it. It’s a great way to look at collective and personal knowledge.)

  • May 5, 2016 at 12:30pm

    Yeah, that’s fair. That’s probably why Trump’s children came on the show every single day. I still think Drudge was worse though.

  • [-3] May 5, 2016 at 11:59am

    I put this squarely on the shoulders of Matt Drudge. Sean Hannity appeared to be secretly for Cruz. The Drudgereport, on the other hand, was blatantly Trump.

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  • [1] April 28, 2016 at 7:02pm

    Listen, this simplifies everything I’ve been trying to tell these dying churches. This is genius because it gets to the meat of the issue. We don’t evangelize. We think because we speak the same language and live in the same basic area, we don’t need to know the context of the people. We do! This is totally Kodak in the digital era! Kodak refused to know the people’s context, and it bit them in the butt. Now churches are refusing to know their communities, and it’s biting them in the butt.

  • [10] April 19, 2016 at 12:44pm

    Gleason: “God’s message” is subjective. Believe me, from my time on /r/Christianity there are tons of people who call themselves Christian, and there are a ton of faith traditions that have flowered out of it. It’s humanities interpretation of God’s Word, which makes the blasphemy subjective. Yeah, we will disagree, but as children of Christ (which is not bad at all.)

    Bamagal0007: This is SNL satirizing a movie. The movie is Propaganda, not persecution. Persecution was the death of the Indian Catholic Priest and the nuns last month.

  • [14] April 19, 2016 at 12:24pm


    Who do we evangelize to? We are called by Jesus Christ to make Disciple,baptizing the in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    Where are we told to manipulate the vision of others to rally the troops? We are called to radical truth, whitewashed in God’s everlasting light. Things that have to be masked to be presented are not Christian.

  • [22] April 19, 2016 at 11:48am

    @4truth2all: When I’m on reddit, I’m defending my faith. That means, I’m explaining why I believe what I do, and it’s usually with other Christians. Defense, first and foremost, is often an educational tool. Things like “We do [A] because of [B].” Defense doesn’t hurt others.

    These movies don’t defend anyone. They attack others by making them look ridiculous. This is part of propoganda. Now, could the SNL skit be seen as counter-propoganda? Sure. Just call it what it is.

  • [19] April 19, 2016 at 11:39am

    @Gleasondj: “Blasphemy” as found in the Harper Collins Bible Dictionary is:
    a term derived from a Greek word meaning to injure the reputation of another. In the Bible, it means showing contempt or lack of reverence for God or something sacred including claiming for oneself divine attributes by word or deed.

    Here’s the rub. In a secular context, yeah, that was blasphemy. However, it wasn’t against God, it was against a specific group of Christians. This means it is not blasphemy in a religious sense. It also wasn’t against something sacred. For example, the “Book of Mormon” was blasphemy towards the LDS church. (And religion in general.) This is making fun of a premise of a movie.

    I don’t care for the God’s Not Dead franchise because it does more damage than help, and it turns us against people we should be reaching out to. Atheists are not our enemy. When they become our enemy we lose our mission found at the conclusion of Matthew.

  • [40] April 19, 2016 at 10:55am

    First off, totally agree. SNL satirizes everything. It’s a sign of how popular the movie is that they even took it on.

    Secondly, I’m one of those Christians that are not happy with God’s Not Dead I or II. I see it as propaganda, and propaganda is made to rally the troops against an enemy. The world is not our enemy. The world is our mission. If we can’t take a little criticism, we are in big trouble. We, as American Christians, are not facing even close the kind of persecution the early Christians (and Christians overseas today) are facing. We need to get over ourselves and begin focusing on mission, not propaganda.

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  • March 31, 2016 at 12:03pm

    Well, I’m on the fence with private businesses. If I were gay, which I’m not, (Happily married to a dude and have two kids) I’m not going to be looking for services from a company who disagrees with my union. For that matter, having anyone at my wedding who believes I shouldn’t be getting married would only add stress to a day that is stressful enough. I am also not sure I think a business can make that kind of statement. One puts a good or service out there. People buy that good or service. If, let’s say, a cake company discovers a certain design attracts racists, they couldn’t refuse service. They could discontinue that design. Then no one gets it.

    The only voice I can see that has something to say about weddings is the minister, and those directly involved in the service (especially as it is happening.)

    Let me add this as a closing note. I asked a colleague, years ago, about agreeing to wed a couple who I believed was not taking the vow of marriage seriously. His response: “We all marry people who end up divorcing. Our job is not to pick who deserves to be married. Our job as ministers is to be the physical presence to their covenant between them and God. This isn’t our job to decide whether they deserve a covenant or not. We are not God.

    I know, there is room for debate in that statement, but it keeps me humble.

  • [5] March 29, 2016 at 12:50pm

    Georgian here. Let me put some context to this story:

    1. Deal wanted an out. Just like he wanted an out with the conceal and carry law for universities. He claimed daycares on the universities were not safe.

    2. Money gave him an out. One of the reasons Georgia is in the black financially is because Hollywood has come to our fair state. Both Disney and AMC threatening to leave was enough of an out for him to veto it. Will AMC leave? More than likely not. They built studios here. They invested more money here than it would be worth backing out. For Deal it was an excuse.

    3. Let’s get upset when a minister is sued because he/she will not perform a wedding. Let’s not get upset at this bill. It didn’t protect businesses. It only formally stated what should already be true.

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  • [7] August 14, 2015 at 2:16pm

    “There are many other ways to show children the importance of their gender, and that needs to be taught by the parents themselves, not by the toy section.”


    Also, you are my hero for still having a lightsaber in your closet!

    Finally, the longer I spend on this blog the longer I realize it’s all a non-argument. How exactly are we splitting up these toys? What are we worried about? Boys playing with Barbies? Is that what this is really about? In which case, why do we need Barbie against a pink wall? Is anyone really afraid of a boy deciding to play with it because, [gasp], no one is telling the boy it’s only for girls! This is all about Target wanting to capitalize on the most sells possible. They can’t sell as many easybake ovens and kitchen sets to boys if they are only in the “girl” section. They can’t sell as many Pokemon cards to girls if they are only in the boy section.

  • [9] August 14, 2015 at 10:19am

    Might I add, the entire gender was predicated on behavior of three girls.

    These kind of assumptions are things women deal with. Knowing if I am the first female people see in a specific field my failure or achievement is unfairly all female failure or achievement.

  • [15] August 14, 2015 at 10:08am

    Your case study group was too small. I’ve been camping for years. In fact, I’m currently a Bear Den Leader. Years ago, I led mountain camps. I’d say I’ve had a large group to pull s’more studies from.

    I’ve seen girls gleefully burn their marshmallows. I’ve seen boys carefully roast theirs. Your case study is a non-example.

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  • [19] August 14, 2015 at 9:33am

    Right now my daughter has repurposed her stackadoo container. She has put the container over her head, and is holding the lid like a shield. In her other hand she is holding an oversized crayon like a sword. Gleefully, she is singing, “I’m a knight! I’m a knight!” Meanwhile the knight toys are in the boy section. I’m not going to tell her she can’t be a knight; that it’s only a boy thing. What does that say for Joan of Arc?

    My son sometimes plays with the toy kitchen set or pretends to vacuum with the toy vacuum we own. Once again, I’m not going to tell him those are girl toys. That’s ludicrous. There are tons of very famous male cooks. There are also jobs where cleaning is a non-gender specific role.

    Why are they these toys separated by gender? Explain that to me. Target is doing the right thing.

  • November 9, 2014 at 7:46am

    I, first of all, have tons of respect for Pastor Melissa Scott. She is not going to put on a big presentation to share the truth. That being said, I am not her. There are a number of Pastor Melissa’s out there. Many of them are not on the internet. I’m going to take a leap and say, people who know Pastor Melissa Scott don’t know me. People who know me probably will not know Pastor Melissa Scott.

    “Planting the seed, spreading the good news of the glorious Kingdom to come, looking after the orphans and widows has fallen to the wayside, and been replaced by dumpers, bumpers, thumpers and jumpers.”

    This is an excellent sentence. I think it’s important to know *why* dumpers, and all have replaced spreading the good news and looking after orphans and widows. I think the answer is how the internet has worked for the past decade.

    1. This is a place for sudden and inexplicable fame. People uploading things they wouldn’t have shared in public 20 years ago in hopes it goes viral. It’s not about making money, it’s about being famous. That has made it a selfish place.

    2. When people need free ideas they come online. Therefore they are not here to help the widow or orphan.

    3. There are so many popular Christian bloggers right now without formal education. Really difficult to spread the good news when there is so much junk out there.

    It is my prayer something/someone genuine will rise to the top and help bring our focus back.

    Last note: Beck’s “I love you” is a great first step.

  • November 8, 2014 at 7:25pm

    As someone with an online ministry, this interested me. Just to add to the discussion, once a month I host a guest who can write their opinion of scripture coming from their context. People who do not share faith at all online, will open up and share when given a religious place to share it.

    This also makes me think of the Christianity subreddit. (r/Christianity). There used to be tons of dumpers. (Bloggers that just dump their blog to the site and leave.) The moderators now require anyone who posts to also respond to someone elses work. It’s relevant to this article in that it creates a community where everyone within the site is sharing and responding to what others share.

    Finally, I would like to know, of those who share their faith online (like myself) would there be a higher % of seeing others who share online. I go to the right places to see people all the time sharing their faith online. Of course, I know where to look.

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  • May 30, 2014 at 9:24am

    I agree. Good luck. He talks to much about church and God on air, this is a fantastic move for him!

  • May 20, 2014 at 9:12pm

    Part of life is living with mistakes. If ministers could simply delete them… what kind of example is that?

  • May 20, 2014 at 3:57pm

    Driscoll is an internet hot button for many. More recently, there is talk about people stepping down at Mars Hill, also, he most notably had a ghost writer(s) for one of his recent books.