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18-07-2017, 12:13 PM
Megachurches
I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

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18-07-2017, 12:21 PM
RE: Megachurches
I wouldn't be caught dead in a Megachurch, and I mean that literally.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
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18-07-2017, 12:28 PM
RE: Megachurches
I can see it now.... "Jesus died for you to be able to eat this double cheese burger!"

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18-07-2017, 12:50 PM
RE: Megachurches
I've been to lots and lots of churches in my time as a Christian. But the biggest church I went to was after I became an atheist. My wife and I were visiting my dad in Virginia, who works at Liberty University. We went to the Easter Sunday service on campus (Thomas Road Baptist Church) with the family. The pastor giving the message that day was Jonathan Falwell. That church was HUGE, and while it didn't have a McDonald's, it did have a cafe and a book store just outside the sanctuary.

More than 24,000 members.
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18-07-2017, 01:35 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

I remember you. I even remember your original name. Smile
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18-07-2017, 01:47 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 01:35 PM)pablo Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

I remember you. I even remember your original name. Smile

Oh, nostalgia. Did you know that username was originally based off of this?

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18-07-2017, 01:57 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 01:47 PM)TSG Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 01:35 PM)pablo Wrote:  I remember you. I even remember your original name. Smile

Oh, nostalgia. Did you know that username was originally based off of this?

What was your original username?

Mine was Kineo. Tongue
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18-07-2017, 02:01 PM
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(18-07-2017 01:57 PM)Emma Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 01:47 PM)TSG Wrote:  Oh, nostalgia. Did you know that username was originally based off of this?

What was your original username?

Mine was Kineo. Tongue

Teen-Skeptic-Go! Hence the TSG. I joined when I was 13. After a few years my heart was consumed by ponies and I descended into darkness.




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18-07-2017, 02:31 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

Watch Joel Osteen on Sunday, it's McChurch served up in convenient Happy Meal size.

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18-07-2017, 02:48 PM
RE: Megachurches
(18-07-2017 02:31 PM)TheInquisition Wrote:  
(18-07-2017 12:13 PM)TSG Wrote:  I was curious if any of you had ever been to a megachurch, either when you were religious or out of morbid curiosity after your deconversion.

I live nowhere near any megachurches and I'm curious what exactly they're like -- how many people go there, what the preachers focus on, whether it's true if there are actually McDonald'ses there, and whether the people there have ever even heard about Jesus's tantrum in the temple because of impious commercialism.

If any of you have any stories, or just descriptions, of megachurches, I would greatly appreciate hearing about them.

Oh, and as for the two people who actually remember me from before I dropped off the face of the earth...

Watch Joel Osteen on Sunday, it's McChurch served up in convenient Happy Meal size.

Everything about it is processed for mass consumption.

Ooh. Thanks. This guy seems to be all "feel-goody" to appeal his vague and smiley theology to the widest possible audience. He talks more like a motivational speaker than a preacher. He makes me feel all tingly inside. Or is that nausea?

And daaaaaaayum. That's a big crowd! All with their own bibles. How many of them have read them, you think? And how much? Entire testaments? At least entire books? Or just a few scattered verses?

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