Friday, December 30, 2005

A Heretic for Our Times

He spoke in tongues. He cast out demons from his parishioners. Oral Roberts claimed him as his spiritual "son." He rubbed elbows with Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell, had special access to the White House, and flew in private jets. He built a Pentecostal mega-church in Tulsa. And then he underwent a conversion... to universalism!

NPR's amazing radio-documentary "This American Life" devoted an entire hour to profile Bishop Carlton Pearson, his conversion to the "Gospel of Inclusion," and the effects of this change on his life and ministry in their December 16, 2005 program.

It is worth an hour of your time. It is an amazing tale of honesty, conscience, struggle, tribulation, and perseverance.