Dateline: June 29, 2015 – Posted 8:00 PM PDT – Received via email from long time local Crystal Cathedral member and now member of Shepherd’s Grove, once again raising the issue of the “barn wood.” Below is what the member has to contribute!

Hillary Blake overheard outside the sanctuary Sunday. "The wood isn't going anyplace. If the old people don't like it, they can take a walk!"

Here in lies the problem, Hilary.  The “old” people you are telling to take a walk if they don’t like the barn wood have been members and persons that have attended the architecturally excellent Crystal Cathedral for perhaps 10, 20, or 30 plus years and understand that late “architecturally savvy Dr. Robert H. Schuller would never have stood for a “barn wood” background in his church building.

So, the “old people” as you refer to them, would tell you they were part of this church for years before you were ever born. Unlike you, they are not the “Johnnie come lately's” and probably would therefore say that you are the one who should “take a walk,” and “don’t forget to take the barn wood with you.



Dateline: June 7, 2015 – Posted 2:00 PM PDT – 30 minute Hour of Power will spell doom for the program,  Currently on youtube.com there is a thirty minute version of program 2366 and a full hour version of the program. There is a big difference in the number of views between the two versions posted. To see the number of views for yourself on each version, click on the following links: 30 minute version60 minute version. Both versions were posted on June 4, 2015. At 3:20 PM Sunday, June 7, 2015 the 30 minute version logged 103 views compared to 1566 views logged on the full 60 minute version. That alone should prompt Shepherd’s Grove leadership to reconsider committing the Hour of Power to an untimely death. It was tried before and failed.

UPDATE:  Today, Sunday, June 14, we again checked the 30 minute version count on Youtube.  The 30 minute “message only” version logged 378 views and the 60 minute version logged 2815 views. Simple math points out 7.45 times more views of the full hour version.

A reasonable person would conclude the viewing public prefer a full length “Televised Church Service” rather than an abbreviated “message only” version. Not what Bobby wants to hear but when someone delivers the above message he has a habit of “shootting the messenger.”




Dateline: Saturday, May 30, 2015 – Posted 2:10 PM PDT – From the “inside” we’re hearing, “Bobby is planning on phasing out over time the current Hour of Power format to replace it with 30 minute Osteen style format. His plan is to accomplish this by Christmas. Is this just another dumb idea to fix that which is not broken?  There is nothing wrong with the original Hour of Power format that has been in place for years, due to the creative thinking of the founder, Dr. Robert H. Schuller and his wife, Arvella. It has always been a “televised church service” with an eye to making it palatable and appealing to a broad spectrum television audience, including the unchurched. It has always been a “cross cultural” program.

Think about it. With so many choices of televised programing, when one is flipping through channels searching for something to watch, there needs to be a “hook” to persuade them to continue viewing. One of the strong points of the Hour of Power is the excellence in the music. It is the “hook” that grabs the viewer to continue to watch. It is good for the soul. Take that out of the program and all you have left is just another talking head.

In our opinion, Bobby needs to humble himself and be content to be a local pastor that is fortunate to the extent he is on television. He needs to realize if he wants to be a “rock star” he needs to earn that position just as his grandfather, Dr. Robert H. Schuller did. One can be assured that did not happen overnight. It took him years of hard work. Beyond that, Grandfather Schuller became virtually a recognizable household name because of his ability to lead people into a better life by becoming a part of Christianity.

So, leadership! Stop tinkering with the Hour of Power. Leave it the way it is and recognize the real problems that continue to exist in this ministry.

Lack of Transparency! That is the number one reason folks don’t donate their hard earned money and why the financial goals are not met. That means publish income and expenses. Continuing to hide this info will ultimately doom this ministry.

Fixing the transparency issue is a good first step. Then perhaps you can go on to fixing the other problems that still exist.

Dateline: Monday, May 18, 2015 – Posted 10:30 PM PDT – We have been following this issue for the past 5 or 6 weeks and yet, it continues to surface. It seems Geoff Madison is on a witch hunt to target staffers that are involved in a divorce and dressing them down for not fixing their marital issues. It seems he singles them out and strongly recommends they resign from the ministry.

If Geoff succeeds in this mission, perhaps his next target will be gays and lesbians. Perhaps it would be a good idea for Geoff Madison himself to resign from the ministry before he targets another group he dislikes.See “Buzz Item” dated March 16, 2015 located on the archived Campus Buzz - March 2015.

Dateline: Saturday, April 25. 2015 – Posted 5:15 PM PDT – This item should have been posted April 22. Regrettably we missed it. Congratulations to Rev. Dr. Lawrence Wilkes in celebration of fiftieth  year of his ordination into the Gospel Ministry.

In the words of Dr. Wilkes, “It has been an awesome adventure with God for which I will be forever grateful.”

Congratulations again, Dr. Lawrence Wilkes, our friend and our pastor.


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