SOURCE: HOUSTON CHRONICLE
- <font size=4 face=verdana> AP Texas News</font>
<font color=red size=2 face=verdana>March 13, 2007, 6:24PM</font>
<font size=4 face=verdana>Lucado stepping aside as senior minister </font>
<font size=2 face=times new roman>© 2007 The Associated Press</font>
<font face=verdana>SAN ANTONIO Citing health reasons, prolific Christian author Max Lucado is stepping aside as senior pastor of his San Antonio megachurch but plans to continue writing at least one new book each year.
"I will probably write more," Lucado, 52, told The Associated Press on Tuesday in a phone interview, explaining that he would have more free time.
Lucado, whose books have sold more than 40 million copies, is suffering from a type of heart arrhythmia but is confident the condition can be treated. He announced to the Oak Hills Church congregation on Sunday that he was leaving the senior minister post and would assist in finding a successor.
"I'm not really leaving the church or leaving the staff, I'm just moving into a different area here at the church. This is actually something I have considered for quite some time," he said.
Lucado, who is physically active and participated in a half ironman triathlon last year, began feeling dizzy last summer, which led to the diagnosis.
"My heart just gets out of rhythm," he said. "On days it's misbehaving, I'm really not worth shooting."
He said he approached church elders two weeks ago about his condition, which leaves him extremely fatigued.
"I said I'm not able to do the job I want to do, and I'm not able to do what the church needs. I suggested if it would be agreeable to them, I would stay on the staff as a writer and occasional preacher, and they said fine," he said. "It was a very emotional meeting, a very sad meeting, but we all sensed it being God's plan."
The then-500-member Oak Hills Church of Christ hired the Abilene Christian University graduate as pulpit minister in 1988. In 2003, Oak Hills, which has grown to 5,000 members, dropped the "Church of Christ" from its name an effort to reach people hesitant to attend a Church of Christ.
Reader's Digest has called Lucado "America's Best Preacher." His more than 50 books include "Just Like Jesus," "In the Grip of Grace" and "When God Whispers Your Name."
Lucado and his wife, Denalyn, have three daughters.
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<font color=indigo size=3 face=times new roman>Regarding Maxs resignation, one of many posts was titled, Max Lucado Announces Hes Stepping Down as Senior Pastor. I know that Mr. Lucado will not complain about it nor deny it. He likes special identities like that one. He likes being addressed as Reverend Lucado or Pastor Lucado in public and in speaking engagements.
http://phoenixpreacher.com/?p=1550. Max Lucado has decided to step down as senior pastor of Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. He plans to continue preaching and writing.
NBA STAR TO BECOME PASTOR
- The San Antonio Spurs honored their former All-Star David Robinson by retiring his jersey during a special ceremony. Robinson has started a new ministry at Oak Hills Church with pastor Max Lucado. Robinson is also working at Carver Academy. He founded the private school in a disadvantaged San Antonio neighborhood with $10 million of his own money.
- Former San Antonio Spurs all-star David Robinson will reportedly become a minister at his longtime church in San Antonio. The NBA champion retired this past year after leading the Spurs to this year's NBA championship. Max Lucado, who pastors the Oak Hills Church says Robinson will become a "minister at large," and may teach a weekly Bible study.
I see how that certain Community Church-bound Baptist churches have also the same issue with renaming their churches. Keep in mind that at Maxs suggestion [or demand?], the elders consented and approved the new name by dropping the name of Christit is now Oak Hills Church [formerly of Christ].
- BBFI Web of Compromise Continues
If he wanted to know the legal name, I would suppose that a non-member person would have to go to the court house to get the legal name Fair Oaks Baptist Church, while on the church sign and in their printed material it is Fair Oaks Church. You might expect such sly methods from politicians, crooked lawyers and shysters, but you would think that a church would be more open and honest. When you are on the down hill path of compromise, it is easy to find a reason to conceal the truth. Frankly, I would have a lot more respect for them if they would totally change the name to Fair Oaks Church for a legal description. Then they could stop trying to run under two flags.
The American Council of Churches addresses Max Lucado at the The Promise Keepers Pastors And Leadership Conference as follows:
The first keynote speaker was Dr. Max Lucado, pastor of the Oak Hills Church, San Antonio, Texas, and the author of 12 books that have a combined 28 million copies in print. His subject was, "Can You Imagine?" Using Isaiah 43:7 Lucado emphasized God's great glory and God's great preeminence. He said, "God is not your co-pilot. You do not give Him orders. So why not declare right now, I hereby resign from me running the universe.' There is no hope when we say it is about me and we must understand it does not matter about your denomination--it is all about God!"
These are just a few of innumerable references to Maxs real identity. </font>