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  1. Captain Kevin says:

    #6 – Seriously?!! What the £*>•$!!!

  2. bob1 says:


    Yeah. I wonder if those interested in it are just looking at surface things. Optics.

    I was able to trail my pastor for several months in various circumstances. Believe
    me, long hours and lots of interactions with various people. If you can’t stand
    people, find another line of work, IMHO. I came away really humbled by what
    I observed. I thank God for faithful pastors.

  3. Dan from Georgia says:

    Michael and Captain Kevin…re: 6…not trying to “one-up” y’all, but I had a friend who…get this…at her step-fathers reviewal, had a picture taken of her standing next to the OPEN CASKET with upper portion of said late step-father in FULL VIEW.

    I’m am sorry for the visual.

    I had absolutely NO IDEA how or what to tell her.

  4. Ike Eikelbarner says:

    “Tears are the only water to puts out hellfire”

    Did you come up with that Michael?

    There is an awesome sermon in that statement!

  5. JM says:

    I think about #7, too. You have captured well a part of the old CC mantra (and its flaws). Reading and praying were never a bad thing. It’s just that it was prescribed as a way of sidestepping the need (responsibility?) for helping one of the brethren. In our house, we coped by joking about how insane it all was after a horrific miscarry and what “leadership” did next. We expressed it this way: “Take two verses, pray alone and don’t call me in the morning.” It was a sad and wanting witness to the world and left a lot of problems in its wake. Praise God that He is faithful when man is not.

    “…the only thing that works for me is to have my heart stay broken with the things that break the heart of God..” Beautifully said, Michael. God sees and I know this matters to Him. Thank you! 🙂

  6. Em says:

    #5 – of course feelings matter, but they are the appreciators, not the governors of life…
    For instance, do you appreciate that someone is suffering? You hurt for them? Well and good. Now what can you do about it? What should you do? 🐈

  7. Michael says:


    I think actions begin with empathy…

  8. Em says:

    Empathy is better prepared to act than sympathy, perhaps… Then again sometimes we are wiser if our appreciation of a situation is cerebral… cerebral can act from the heart, if the heart is in the right place, too…. 🙆

  9. Linnea says:

    You know, to be a pastor is to be a servant leader. It’s not so different, or it shouldn’t be, in the corporate world. I just had that discussion with a VP of my company. He agreed that managers should be servant leaders. And, that is what a pastor is, only with the added requirement to pray for his people.
    It is, if done well, a life that is poured out for others.

  10. Michael says:

    “It is, if done well, a life that is poured out for others.”
    That’s the real job description…

  11. j2theperson says:

    I’ve been thinking quite a bit recently about the character traits, mindset, and work ethic necessary for someone to be a truly good pastor as my church is in between reactors right now. In a low-key, white, mid-western, Episcopalian way, I have a lot of bad feelings toward our former rector–his lack of responsibility, his lack of any sort of substantive care for the people of his parish, the lack of concern or consideration for the unpaid volunteers who served in leadership of the church. He would have been a decent parishioner, but he should never have been a pastor. (And, really, though he bore that title, he was not actually a pastor in fact.) It seems like one of the things seminaries should be doing is weeding out these people who are pursuing this path while at the same time being utterly unfit to carry it out. But, I guess that’s what I get for being a part of the Episcopal church.

  12. Linnea says:

    J2…that weeding out must be done in all professions. How many go to medical school and don’t really care about patients? How many lawyers and accountants are in it for billable hours? There are few that pursue a career because of noble ideas. Most are just looking for a decent living and respect. I guess i don’t blame them, but being on the receiving end of lackluster service is not too inspiring!

  13. j2theperson says:

    It’s just kind of annoying because my impression is that he went into ministry because other people encouraged him to pursue that. My understanding is that he first got involved in some kind of lay person ministry and from there went onto seminary and the priesthood. I don’t think he would have gone into it without that encouragement from other people. Their discernment was clearly lacking.

  14. The New Victor says:

    My mother, an RN for over 40 years, used to tell me stories about doctors. She used to tell me stories about nurses. I think that we deify practitioners of several professions too much, notwithstanding those who really “stand in the gap.”

  15. dusty says:

    Hi family, still praying for all of you. Hope you all have a lovely day! Love to all.

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