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Sunday, February 12, 2006

Minister Arrested Mid-Sermon

Chicago police arrested a Lutheran minister as he was delivering his message last Sunday morning on a Criminal Tresspassing charge. The arrest stems from an internal dispute among members of the church, said Monique Bond, spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department. Police apparently took the board's word that McCants was fired, said the Rev. William H. Ameiss, president of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod based in west suburban Hillside. But Ameiss said he thinks the board removed McCants in violation of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church's constitution, which requires the board to go to the synod to resolve a dispute over a pastor. "They have removed a pastor inappropriately," Ameiss said. "The real tragedy is the ministry gets put on hold for a power struggle." "Personally, I am exhausted by these wars. That is one issue. The other issue is whether the police were overstepping their authority," said Ernest Robinson, a 30-year church member and McCants supporter who estimates that the congregation has about 60 members.

Comments... that seems like a pretty harsh punishment for not being a good communicator! Just kidding... the rest of the article gives a couple of different reasons. Second, I'm not sure that the real tragedy has anything to do with "the ministry". Screw "the ministry". People are being hurt. Families are being hurt. I think restoration is the key word here... for everyone... but wait, isn't that ministry? I'm not there, and have only a few news articles to go by, but that would seem to be the biggest ministry... especially for a church that is having problems... what better picture of Jesus... a church that is hurt, angry and bitter... to be restored by the love of Jesus... HELLO!!! THERE'S YOUR MINISTRY Mr. president Ameiss! But I'm not there. Lastly, there are wars around the world... it's very sad and angering that there are wars within the Church as well. That's all I have to say about that.

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Anonymous nick said...

No, you're not there. If Revs. McCants and Ameiss are in the right, which is impossible to determine from the news releases as they say nothing of the actual conflict, you're just another person slandering them. Why speak whereof you know not (Job 42:3)?

3:02 PM  
Blogger Todd Ruth said...

I love it!. Let the discussion begin. I actually never said anything about anyone being wrong or right... just that people are being hurt and that's the current ministry. Keep it coming!

3:39 PM  

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