This morning Keith Ross was hoping that listening to Creflo Dollar’s message would help to improve his mood and provide him with some inspiration. He did attend a local church occasionally. but preferred to stay at home and watch services via the internet.
Keith had many TV preachers that he watched including Joel Osteen, Joseph Prince, Patricia King, Jim Richards and Todd Bentley. Many years ago he got introduced to the Charismatic stream of Christian theology through the influence of one of his old girlfriends.
He preferred to believe in a positive, motivating theology. He knew that there were more conservative feel theologies out there, but over the years he had become very disenchanted with them. Keith’s father had been a Baptist preacher who taught a very conservative view of the Bible and the Christian life. Keith had always thought that there had to be more to Christianity than this and his former girlfriend had shown him that that he could go much deeper in his relationship with God.
Keith wanted to believe that God loved him and wanted him to be blessed with good health and financial prosperity. He did not want to get rich. He only desired to get all his debts paid off death and to have enough money for a comfortable lifestyle.
The next morning Keith Ross woke up and felt miserable. It was another morning where he felt as if he had never slept during the night. He groggily got off his ragged, old, broken down couch where he slept most nights. He often fell asleep on the couch while reading or watching TV.
Keith frequently watched Fox News before he went to bed. When he was young man, he was very much a socialist, but as he got older, he began to see the negative characteristics of a totally socialized society. At first he wasn’t crazy about Donald Trump, but during the first six months of Trump’s presidency, Keith was starting to really admire the way the new president took tough stands on issues that he strongly believed in.
He got himself his favorite glass of water from the kitchen and began taking his massive regimen of medications and dietary supplements. Keith followed this with a bowl of Raisin Bran cereal. He’s actually preferred Frosted Flakes, but he had recently decided to be more careful about his food choices.
As soon as he finished his breakfast, Keith felt so tired that he lied down on the couch. After about five minutes had passed, he got up and looked out the window. The sun was shining brightly. He promptly turned on the weather channel to check today’s forecast. The weather channel reported a high of 28°C with sunny skies throughout the day. He started to think about going for a bike ride. Keith looked up at his beautiful, black Giant mountain bike parked a few feet behind his flat screen TV.
Episode Nine of The Pastor Murder Mystery
When he was still in seminary David Noble had all the markings of a great pastor. One of his greatest natural assets was his ability to connect with a congregation on a deep emotional level when he was preaching. David did a lot of research and prepared his sermons well. When it came time to preach David was jacked up and was ready to deliver a sermon that was so captivating that his congregation would wish that he would preach longer. David was often tempted to do just that and give his parishioners what they wanted but he knew the rules and so did his elders and deacons.
As Brownstone was a Baptist Conference church that meant that sermons would end on time and would be no longer than twenty-five minutes. David often wondered about this sermon time restraint but was told by his elders that this was the way it had always been.
He recalled one of the deacons telling him, “Look David, keeping your sermons short and to the point benefits everyone. Most people’s attention span isn’t that great. If you go over the allotted time most of them won’t take in what you’re saying anyway. It would be a waste and would just get our members frustrated. Plus, everybody is pretty hungry by twelve-fifteen. Face facts David. Most Christians don’t want to spend their whole Sunday in church. For you Sunday is a working day. For most other people its half their weekend. People need to go home and relax.”
David had to admit that this was a fairly logical explanation for a rule that he didn’t like or agree with.