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Therein Lies My Advantage

August 2008

Last Sunday, pastor Irwin Alton, 62, preached against several specific sins during his sermon. Some people in the audience gasped with recognition.

"When he talked about skipping mid-week service to go to the lake, and buying a new boat when you haven’t tithed, I felt nailed to my pew," said one man. "It was like the Holy Spirit was speaking right to me."

But it wasn’t the Holy Spirit — it was the man’s own blog where he had posted photos of himself and his buddies on his new boat on a Wednesday evening.

Pastor Alton, who cultivates a reputation as a computer illiterate techno-phobe, is actually an avid reader of MySpace pages, blogs and personal websites of the people in his congregation.

"I appear, shall we say, un-hip," he says. "Therein lies my advantage."

MySpace gives pastor ‘prophetic’ edge

Jody commented:

It's pastors like this who cause unrest and prevent the rest of us hitting the 100 friend mark on facebook.

Nato commented:

Ha! that's awesome :)

Christina commented:

Skipping church is a sin? I am so doomed to hell :)

thalia commented:

Hilarious! I love this guy!

Now my only dilemma is whether to link to this in my church stuff...