Deadpan, cynical, dry – whatever the words you use, they describe a way of being humorous which undercuts encouragement.
Month: April 2018
Yet another high profile ministry crashed, leaving a trail of spiritual wreckage and a plume of non-Christian cynicism. And the lesson again is the deadly nature of being a lone pastor, an unaccountable pastor, a too-senior-to be-talked to-seriously pastor.
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who dreads Annual Meetings. I’ve seen them hijacked by silly side issues, falling apart in blazing rows, or just quietly managing decline.
Pastors who cannot Sabbath in some way, suffer. So do their marriages and families. So do the churches. The rub, of course, is that we leave being a Christian behind too. Which is not only easy, it is devastatingly stupid.
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I’ve been reminded why we use more than one kind of evangelistic course, in a series, round and round. Just like a carousel on a fairground.
There are occasions where you need to know a lot, and maybe be exhaustive. But that habit can hurt us badly when it comes to other, more practical, areas.