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After the Fire

Ever wonder what Marty Minto‘s been up to?

Marty Minto, Part 1: After the firing, his fire still burns

Some might say that Turning Point Community Church is going the wrong way. But its pastor, the Rev. Marty Minto, would not be among them.

The congregation that Minto began about three years ago moved last fall from the former City Rescue Mission thrift store on Cascade Street to the one-time Church of God building on Ray Street. On any given Sunday morning, about 80 men, women and children turn out for the service.

Not long prior to the move, though, the worship count ran about 150. Those numbers might alarm some. Not Minto.

Minto builds church on Scripture

For Marty Minto, it’s all about Scripture. “Marty truly relies on the fact that Scripture is what will make a difference in a person’s life,” said Brian Fuhs, a member of Turning Point Community Church, which Minto pastors. “He’s not a hellfire and brimstone kind of guy. He doesn’t pound the pulpit or scream and holler. What he does is go verse by verse and breaks it down so even my children, who are in sixth grade, can understand what he’s talking about and absorb it.”

Wow, he must have really mellowed out after leaving radio.

Bye, Bye, Marty

June 22, 2005

I still get a number of hits to my post about the firing of Christian talk show host Marty Minto. I never quite finished it because I got tied up in more important things, so I decided to come back and do just that. For those interested, the original entry can be found in its entirety (misspellings, bad grammar, and all) here.

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Radio on TV

Regular readers know I listen to The Marty Minto Show on 101.5 WORD-FM (my Protestant readers
will be happy to know that Marty’s an Evangelical pastor 😉 ).
Tomorrow, people in the state of Pennsylvania will get to see him on
TV. Today, PCN taped his
show. It’ll be airing tomorrow at 5 PM. Check your channel lineup and
tune in. 🙂

Congratulations, Marty

Marty Minto, the WORD-FM Evangelical radio talk show host I listen to most weekdays, was honored at the 2004 Achievement in Radio Awards. His show won Best Afternoon Show on a News Talk, Personality, or Sports Station. He won Best Talk Show Host.

Congratualtions, Marty! 🙂 (Thanks for the info, PowerBlog!)

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth

This evening I wrote an email to Evangelical Christian talk show host Marty Minto. I anxiously await his response. In the meantime, I’d love for my Protestant readers to give me their take.


I mean the following as a serious question, not just some anti-"sola scriptura" taunt. I honestly want your answer to this, so please be open minded to it.

You repeatedly make reference to "rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:16) If there is a right way, there must also be a wrong way. My concern is that there seem to be so many ways. For nearly every belief you hold and defend with Scripture, I can find someone else who holds an opposing belief that they can defend with Scripture.

All who claim Scriptural support believe that theirs is the "right division" of the Word. Obviously, someone must be wrong. In fact, several must be. Is one necessarily right? Unless God’s Word returns void, there must be. Who is it? How can we know? When many reputable and born-again faithful hold differing interpretations of Scripture, who is to be trusted and believed? Does majority rule? Does one person or group hold the authoritative interpretation?

The Catholic and Orthodox churches believe that apostolic succession places interpretive authority with patriarchs (the bishop of Rome being the head patriarch according to Catholics). When the apostles, including Paul, were alive, they acted as supreme earthly authorities in disputes among the faithful. Before they died, they appointed successors to hold that authority. Until the Reformation, that succession of leaders was unbroken. Even the split between East and West did not break that. Once the Reformation began, it did not take long before very disparate interpretations and teachings arose. One need not be a trained scholar of the Reformation to know some of the differences between Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, Wesley, and Fox, to name but a few. In the 400 years since that pivotal century, the number of denominations has grown exponentially. As soon as someone disagrees with the beliefs held by the majority of a denomination, they leave, often forming splinter groups of their own, where the process can repeat itself. While there are some constants between at least the mainline denominations, there are almost as many Evangelical interpretations and teachings as there are Evangelicals. With no central authority to appeal to, everyone can say theirs is the right reading of Scripture. Even among the mainlines, there are major disagreements and there is no final authority for them to appeal to. So I cannot help but ask this question of you:

Why should anyone trust your interpretations of Scripture over others? Perhaps you could answer this during Theological Thursday.