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Chuck Smith, founder of Calvary Chapel, dies at 86
Christianity Today ^ | 10/3/13 | G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Posted on 10/03/2013 9:24:43 AM PDT by hoagy62

Chuck Smith, the evangelical pastor whose outreach to hippies in the 1960s helped transform worship styles in American Christianity and fueled the rise of the Calvary Chapel movement, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, after a battle with lung cancer. He was 86. Diagnosed in 2011, Smith continued to preach and oversee administration at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa (California), where he'd been pastor since 1965. In 2012, he established a 21-member leadership council to oversee the Calvary Church Association, a fellowship of some 1,600 like-minded congregations in the United States and abroad.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: calvarychapel; chucksmith; evangelicals; hippies; megachurch; obituary; pastor; religion
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1 posted on 10/03/2013 9:24:43 AM PDT by hoagy62
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..another great man of God being ushered into glory—see you soon Pastor Chuck...


2 posted on 10/03/2013 9:27:06 AM PDT by WalterSkinner ( In Memory of My Father--WWII Vet and Patriot 1926-2007)
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Absent from the body, now in the presence of his Lord, Jesus Christ.

I thank almighty God for saving Pastor Chuck and for his faithful ministry. May God richly bless and comfort his family.

Thanks Pastor Chuck... see you soon

3 posted on 10/03/2013 9:30:16 AM PDT by Jmouse007 (Deliver us from this evil, in Jesus name, amen.)
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To: hoagy62

Amazing what this man did through the tools GOD called him to use.


4 posted on 10/03/2013 9:32:27 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Jmouse007
Thanks Pastor Chuck... see you soon

Roger that. I was attending Calvary Chapel in my area too, He will be missed, but we will see him again.

5 posted on 10/03/2013 9:34:42 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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Ping!


6 posted on 10/03/2013 9:35:58 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: hoagy62; LUV W
From the article:

"Yet it was his openness to new cultural styles, including laid-back music and funky fashions of California's early surfer scene, that helped him reach young idealists and inspire a trend toward seeker-sensitive congregations...his impact can be seen in every church service that has electric guitar-driven worship, hip casually-dressed pastors, and 40-minute sermons consisting of verse-by-verse Bible expositions peppered with pop-culture references and counterculture slang."

Rest in peace, servant of God ... but I wish you hadn't helped wreck traditional worship. Still, God's will be done.

7 posted on 10/03/2013 9:40:02 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (My PV2 is my hero.)
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God rest his soul. I agree with your assessment, FRiend.


8 posted on 10/03/2013 9:42:24 AM PDT by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos! Thank you David, Michael, Chris Txradioguy, JJ, CMS, & ALL of you heroes!)
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To: hoagy62

A good and godly man - thanks for your faithfulness sir.


9 posted on 10/03/2013 9:47:29 AM PDT by high info voter
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That was the pipeline that brought Greg Laurie to the Lord. God Bless you Pastor Smith. I heard many a great sermon from you and Greg Laurie.


10 posted on 10/03/2013 9:48:39 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (Government shut down? Call me when the government shuts UP!)
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To: hoagy62

He obeyed God. It resulted in much fruit. Wonderful man who made you smile just by being around him. God is good!


11 posted on 10/03/2013 9:56:18 AM PDT by bubbacluck (America 180)
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I wouldn’t say Chuck Smith single-handedly “wrecked traditional worship”. Because all he did in that respect was act as ONE of the visionaries to incorporate Contemporary music into services for Contemporary worshipers...this would have occurred without him anyway, because it always has.

Music changed radically in the 1960’s so the transition was more of a shock to traditionalists in the Church then. A lot of nonsense about certain types of music being “of the Devil” was foolishly published.

I’m sure there are still churches around that will serve the needs of those who only want traditional hymns in the services, but don’t knock Pastor Chuck in this respect because he reached the youth and the lost were saved in a mighty way.

I am very grateful that Chuck Smith had ears to hear.


12 posted on 10/03/2013 10:09:20 AM PDT by Gasshog (Welcome to the United States of Stupidos!)
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We have several Calvary Community Chapels here in Minnesota, including one nearby in Saint Cloud. We’ve been looking at going to a Sunday service soon, I think we will.


13 posted on 10/03/2013 10:09:37 AM PDT by MN.Gruber06 (A besieged constituent in the beautiful Star of the North. Vote OUT Franken, Klobuchar and Dayton.)
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Rest in peace, servant of God ... but I wish you hadn’t helped wreck traditional worship. Still, God’s will be done.

...amen to that...I know the fellow had a godly heart, but the concept of ‘seeker-sensitive congregations’ has led to a lax laity more concerned with its own comfort than with worship...summer masses in a typical suburban Catholic Church are filled with people who appear headed to the beach for a day of fun...


14 posted on 10/03/2013 10:14:36 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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I can count on one hand the men who gained my ultimate trust. Chuck Smith was one of them.


15 posted on 10/03/2013 10:20:33 AM PDT by wolfman
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A great man.

Pastor Greg Laurie was brought to the Lord under his ministry.


16 posted on 10/03/2013 10:26:07 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("There's always free cheese in a mousetrap." - Marine Col. Peter Martino)
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...amen to that...I know the fellow had a godly heart, but the concept of ‘seeker-sensitive congregations’ has led to a lax laity more concerned with its own comfort than with worship...summer masses in a typical suburban Catholic Church are filled with people who appear headed to the beach for a day of fun...

Thank you for this post. I get that God shouldn't be put in a box, but I miss reverence. I miss the majesty of worship and I miss God being first in some congregations I once attended.

17 posted on 10/03/2013 10:29:01 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (My PV2 is my hero.)
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R.I.P. and well done! We will miss you Pastor Chuck.


18 posted on 10/03/2013 10:45:56 AM PDT by j_guru
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but I wish you hadn’t helped wreck traditional worship. Still, God’s will be done.


Worship should be an outpouring from the soul. Whether traditional or contemporary music is played should not be a factor.


19 posted on 10/03/2013 10:56:15 AM PDT by Joshua (:z)
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Lou Graham of Foreigner is part of Calvary Chapel.


20 posted on 10/03/2013 10:59:17 AM PDT by Joshua (:z)
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