Pastor robs all those Peters to pay for his two Pauls

Posted: January 13, 2009 in Denominational Fun, IJS, On Your Wall, Spin Doctor, WWJD
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If you are a Christian, read this. If you are also a parent, think about this. And if you have ever been a pastor, feel this. Because it’s an odd place to be.

Meet Rev. Donald Armstrong.

This pastor from Colorado meets all three of the aforementioned requirements and ties it all together in one extremely odd way.

A Colorado Springs police detective said in an affidavit released Tuesday that the Rev. Donald Armstrong may have misappropriated $392,000 from a Grace Church trust fund. Police took financial documents and computers from the Grace and Episcopal Church in November after an 18-month investigation.

the-6th-college-senseHeinous, right? Unforgivable, certainly. Why, in the name of all that is holy, would this pastor seemingly exorcise his faith and his fellowship? With this one twist:

Authorities say a pastor who is part of a theft investigation used money from a church trust fund to pay for his two children’s college education.

Oh. Well, uh, yeah. Sure. Um…

So, I’m pontificating actions like this are liable to make a preacher cuss, but then you stick his kids in the equation. What he did is wrong, without question. But his motives? Without reservation. Man, is the economy that bad?

What do you think? Inquiring minds want to know.

  1. hiscrivener says:

    HAHA! Pastor, you can ruminate like that in here any time. Sometimes, all I can do is laugh when I read your fine work.

    Peace, brother.


  2. gcmwatch says:

    Im sorry, but that cartoon is hilarious!

    “Oh. Well, uh, yeah. Sure. Um… “

    And that too.

    Sorry I couldnt be a little “deeper” HS, that cartoon just killed it for me lol.


  3. hiscrivener says:

    > Pamela, I love it when you stop by, sister. You always have salient points to ponder. Just like this one.

    > B!!! Dawg, where you been? Stay active on this blogosphere thingy.


  4. Winston B. says:

    For the last sentence of my first paragraph:

    “…stealing money from the church.”

  5. Winston B. says:

    He could have just asked. I’m sure his congregation would, at least, be partially willing to aid his children and fulfill the need. And, looking at it, I think that he’s charged with a higher crime than

    It’s a bit polarizing, but did he not have faith that the God who granted him his two children, who called him to that ministry, and whom he serves, would see through this specific need like, probably, many needs before?

    Whoo. That’s one of my longer sentences.

    As for his financial situation, there are alternatives for schools. Over here in California, the chain of CSUs have really affordable tuition fees. This quarter for me only cost about $1700 in all, including my books and their juicy taxes that were served with them. And that’s really not bad. The quality of education is nice, too.

    I guess what I’m saying is that he is wrong in his actions, kids or not. A little more faith could have been practiced.

  6. Pamela says:

    This will be interesting to follow. I wonder if later on it will be revealed that the monies were used for something else. If this is indeed the real reason I wonder why getting student loans was not an option for his kids? I can understand him not wanting to do that since college tuitions have gone through the roof from when I got my degrees 20-almost 30 years ago.

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