Dateline July 15, 2015 – Posted 11:30 PM PDT – The “witch hunt” by Pastor Geoff Madison continues. Just as the operators of Pens Opinion predicted in a May 18, 2015 Campus Buzz item, second paragraph, “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.”
Well, you guessed it! Gays and lesbians in the choir have been targeted during a choir rehearsal by “church wrecker in chief” Geoff Madison. Apparently this attack became so vicious that choir director Don Neuen and Hour of Power spokesperson Ed Arnold had to intervene.to quell this shameful behavior by a person who calls himself a pastor. Intolerance has no place in this ministry. Our founding pastor, Dr. Robert H. Schuller made it quite clear that everyone was welcome at this church, saying, “This church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.” Please don’t misinterpret that as a targeted finger pointing at gays or lesbians; it is not judgmental of any particular group.
Sadly, this is not the first time this issue has been raised. After the S\chuller
girls, namely Sheila Schuller Coleman and Gretchen Schuller Penner hijacked the ministry
from their brother, Robert A. Schuller, Gretchen Schuller Penner, insisted Don Neuen
have the choir sign an “anti gay covenant.” As one would expect, Don Neuen refused
to do so on ethics, and rightly so. See Orange County Register article and Associated
Press article. Even our founding pastor, Dr. Robert H. Schuller felt it necessary
to contact the Orange County Register and voice his disapproval of the so-
Angie Schuller Wyatt, daughter of Robert A. Schuller and sister of Bobby V. Schuller addressed this issue also. See Ministry Hijaked
This was never an issue in this ministry until it surfaced in 2011. When the Schuller daughters were discharged from their roles as ministry leaders in March 2012, once again, everyone was welcome in this church.
Pastors should be careful what they say and what they preach. If they are not careful, they can do a lot of damage to a lot of good people.
Perhaps it would be best if the Consistory carefully review the ongoing problems Geoff Madison Is causing by attacking good church going Christians. Perhaps he should be discharged since he can’t seem to act decently as we would expect from a pastor. We as a congregation can’t afford to have more congregants be driven out of our church because they are treated badly by a clergyman. One could unabashedly say Geoff’s actions are “Lambasting in the Sheepfold.”
Dateline: July 7. 2015 – Posted: 9:30 PM PDT – We’ve received more than a few emails about the musical guest, Luanne Homzy, violin soloist. It seems Luanne Homzy and the Hour of Power Orchestra are getting rave reviews. Not surprising since the congregation determined it merited a standing ovation, not by just a few attendees, but perhaps three fourths or more.
Also getting rave reviews from the locals, the second number with Luanne Homzy, violinist, and Tommy Davy, guitarist. The predominance of the congregation once again responded with another standing ovation.
From the response received by the operators of this website, there is no doubt that the local congregation and the Hour of Power audience strongly favor the music of Shepherd’s Grove. There is no question concerning the importance of the Hour of Power Choir and the Hour of Power Orchestra in uplifting the spirits of those who worship locally at Shepherd’s Grove and those who come to church every Sunday morning via the Hour of Power.
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, wife of Pastor Chad Blake and daughter of Geoff Madison was overheard outside the sanctuary Sunday, saying, "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 version – 60 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 “shooting
Total Hits since April 1, 2011:
Collective Offering: $
9:30 AM Offering: $
11:15 AM Offering: $
Evening Offering: $
Credit Card: $
TOTAL OFFERING: $
Year To Date Offerings: $
Year To Date Goal $
Short of Goal by: $
HOP Revenue: $
HOP Expenses: $
HOP Net Operations: $
NOTE: The figures below represent INCOME, Expense and Net Operations as presented at the Congregational Meeting July, 19, 2015.
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We’ve all watched him grow up and supported Richard throughout his formulative years at Crystal Cathedral, Shepherd’s Grove Academy. His dedication and hard work has earned him a full scholarship to attend the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusets for a B. M. In Classical Piano, Richard would like to thank all his
wonderful friends, family, and congregants with a special farewell concert at the evening service. Come celebrate with this remarkable young man as he begins his new adventure for the Glory of God.
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