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Old 10-31-2013, 12:40 AM
 
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(WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi pastor banned fried chicken at events as part of an anti-obesity campaign. Now, he is spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.

Pastor bans fried chicken from church events - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
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Old 10-31-2013, 09:30 AM
 
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(WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi pastor banned fried chicken at events as part of an anti-obesity campaign. Now, he is spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.

Pastor bans fried chicken from church events - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
The matter sounds silly at first glance. However, upon further reading I discovered:

  1. The pastor is the national director for H.O.P.E., a joint effort of the National Baptist Convention and the federal Health and Human Services Department.
  2. This black Mississippi pastor spoke in Washington about faith-based efforts to fight childhood obesity. His talk was part of "Building a Healthier Future," sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier America.
  3. The pastor met with Michelle Obama at The White House and received a grant to help uninsured Mississippians sign up for the ACA. He is described as "essentially heading up outreach enrollment of the ACA for Mississippi. It's staggering," [said] Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:35 AM
 
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The matter sounds silly at first glance. However, upon further reading I discovered:

  1. The pastor is the national director for H.O.P.E., a joint effort of the National Baptist Convention and the federal Health and Human Services Department.
  2. This black Mississippi pastor spoke in Washington about faith-based efforts to fight childhood obesity. His talk was part of "Building a Healthier Future," sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier America.
  3. The pastor met with Michelle Obama at The White House and received a grant to help uninsured Mississippians sign up for the ACA. He is described as "essentially heading up outreach enrollment of the ACA for Mississippi. It's staggering," [said] Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
So you're saying he sold out?
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:22 PM
 
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Thread title, News, Pastor bans fried chicken from church events.
"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.
spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act

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The matter sounds silly at first glance. However, upon further reading I discovered:
[*]The pastor is the national director for H.O.P.E., a joint effort of the National Baptist Convention and the federal Health and Human Services Department.[*]This black Mississippi pastor spoke in Washington about faith-based efforts to fight childhood obesity. His talk was part of "Building a Healthier Future," sponsored by Partnership for a Healthier America.[*]The pastor met with Michelle Obama at The White House and received a grant to help uninsured Mississippians sign up for the ACA. He is described as "essentially heading up outreach enrollment of the ACA for Mississippi. It's staggering," [said] Roy Mitchell, executive director of the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program.
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So you're saying he sold out?
I guess I wasn't clear. The thread title, the pastor's quote about fried chicken, and the news article description "....the gospel of the ACA" makes the whole thing sound silly at first glance, but after reading the article, the church's Facebook page, website, and another news article, I see nothing the pastor is doing is silly. The only thing he's 'sold out' to is Jesus Christ and serving his flock. On the church website it says, “A Fellowship of Believers Dedicated to Service after the Benediction”

On the church Facebook page someone outside the church body commented, "Very proud to read and share this! We can honor God by taking care of our bodies! Thank you!"

I don't think a black pastor in a poor area in Mississippi, where, according to the church website, there are many uninsured folks is "selling out" by providing assistance to those who truly will benefit from the ACA get signed up in the best health care policy for their needs.

I also think his concerns about obesity and teaching his flock to make informed food choices and being fit is not "selling out."

If putting one's faith into practice beyond the pulpit is "selling out" then we in ministry need to rethink our vocation.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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I wonder if he'll put his obese members on a diet, start a fat camp, or teach nutrition from the pulpit. That's what happens when you throw out the word of God, all kinds of crazy things end up taking its place.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:28 PM
 
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Thread title, News, Pastor bans fried chicken from church events.
"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.
spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act

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If putting one's faith into practice beyond the pulpit is "selling out" then we in ministry need to rethink our vocation.
Preach it brother, Bart!! Living an example is always the strongest message.
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Thread title, News, Pastor bans fried chicken from church events.
"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.
spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act

<snip>

If putting one's faith into practice beyond the pulpit is "selling out" then we in ministry need to rethink our vocation.
Preach it brother, Bart!! Living an example is always the strongest message.

Others hold with a similar view. If living for Christ isn't about overcoming mental, physical AND spiritual challenges then God is not as big as He should be--and I think He's bigger than the biggest of us!

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Pray Your Weight Away?
My interest in the phenomenon stems partly from the coincidence that the man many credit with kicking off the boom is, like me, a Presbyterian minister. The Rev. Charlie Shedd's best selling "Pray Your Weight Away" (1957) and follow up titles like "Fat is in Your Head" and "Devotions for Dieters" set the pattern for scores of similar books and, indeed, the emergence of an entire sub-culture of workshops, support groups, e-courses, and church based weight loss programs that have proliferated steadily ever since.

My passion for the topic also stems from a conversation with my physician four years ago. He used the word "obese" when discussing what he perceived to be the "necessity" of my losing at least twenty pounds, as well as beginning a program of regular cardiovascular exercise. The "O" word proved to be the catalyst that led to changes in my lifestyle resulting in the long term loss of 25 pounds and a commitment to running. Last fall, I took home the first place prize for my age group in a 5K race.

I'll finish this article with the diet and exercise strategies that worked for me, but first a few more words about the so called "Christian diet."

"Slim is how God meant us to be," reasons Judy Halliday, founder of Thin Within, a "grace-oriented" approach to weight loss. Halliday claims to have organized over 170 support groups around the world. Her program attempts to show people "how to reconnect with God and achieve the weight that God meant for them to be."

Given that metabolism, bone and body size are significantly determined by DNA at birth, and that people are born in different sizes, shapes and colors, it should be clear that our notion of "ideal" body size is determined as much by prevailing fashion as by any notion of a divinely preordained target weight. Further, given that our individual differences are a delightful gift of God, as well as being a very large part of what it means to be human, how does Halliday arrive at the conclusion that "slim is how God meant us to be?"

Given their numbers, it appears to me that God loves large people just as much as the small.
Christian Weight Loss: What Would Jesus Eat?
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Old 10-31-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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(WMC-TV) - A North Mississippi pastor banned fried chicken at events as part of an anti-obesity campaign. Now, he is spreading the gospel about the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

"Fried chicken has mysterious powers," said Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church pastor Michael Minor, who says you cannot just eat one piece.
The so-called "mysterious power" is just great taste.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:38 PM
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Seems to me the Reverend is walkin' the walk and not just yakking about it. Good for him.
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Old 10-31-2013, 03:50 PM
 
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Seems to me the Reverend is walkin' the walk and not just yakking about it. Good for him.
Among the poor in Mississippi.

Well done, Reverend. Those are the forgotten Americans.
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