Good Company

“Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him.” –John 6:66– Beware Preacher! of ever using a quotation from Jesus to illustrate a matter within the pastoral trade.  We are not shepherds, but sheep dogs at best.  But it is nice to know that the shepherd, despite St. John’s penchant for idealizing the Lord and his work, actually … Continue reading Good Company

Listening

On my current ear infection and related matters of life and ministry. For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. O that today you would listen to his voice! Last Monday I called my general practitioner seeking help for clogged up ears.  I heard the nurse on the other end inform me that the doctor’s … Continue reading Listening

Office Hours

8:00AM–Leave for churches.  Drop bulletins into 2 of 3.  Pray in one.  Scramble because I forgot my childrens’ message prop. 9:00AM–Church 1–Our only nonagenarian arrives as we pass the peace.  She is stopped by a sea of hugs, handshakes and well-wishes.  This group is so warm and loving.  Out of 18 in attendance, we had 3 children <9, one aged 94, one twenty-something (who herself … Continue reading Office Hours

Childishness

One of the things that I have begun doing is a children’s message during Sunday worship.  I know, almost everyone does that.  I was so bad at these at the beginning that I stopped doing it.  Routinely, I would be under-prepared–even trying to figure out what I was going to do as I drove down the hill to church on Sunday morning.  Not good. At … Continue reading Childishness