Archive for March 2008

Barak Obama’s Problem

March 31, 2008

Well contrary to what may come to mind when you read the title of this posting – this is not about Sen. Clinton or even the rantings of Sen. Obama’s former pastor and spiritual mentor Jeremiah Wright. It isn’t even political. In fact, I think it is a fairly common problem. It has to do with Sen. Obama’s comments in the aftermath of the Jeremiah Wright comments. Mr. Obama made two claims I will accept as fact. First, he said he regularly attended church. He also said he had never heard such comments made by his pastor. His problem was this – he was in church, but he didn’t know what the pastor said. I think that is a fairly common problem throughout America. As I thought on that, I considered what might be the general reasons. Please understand I am not saying these are the reasons Sen. Obama didn’t hear the comments by his pastor. These are just general speculation. There are some who do not hear the pastor because they are there for the sake of APPEARANCE. They go to church to be seen. When I was a police officer, I arrested a guy who told me he hung out with “old people and preachers” in case he ever needed an alibi. I think there may be folks who go to church for that same type of reason. They need the good reputation, or social standing which comes from attending a particular congregation. Another reason some folks do not hear the preacher is ARROGANCE. In their estimation they do not need to listen because they already know it all. Now, I am a pastor and I do not know it all. In fact, I don’t even know most of it. But, I continually dig into the Word and seek, by God’s Grace and the Holy Spirit more understanding. Lastly, some folks don’t hear because of APATHY. They don’t care what the preacher says. As long as he doesn’t come directly to them asking for more money or as long as the church boat ain’t rockin’ their attitude is one of, “just leave me alone.” When you go to church next Sunday, I hope you pay attention.

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Hello world!

March 30, 2008

This past week, while at the Southern Baptist Convention Small Church Conference, I made several new friends. A few of these guys were bloggers and I thought, “well, if THEY can do this . . .” Just kidding guys. I was really challenged at the conference in many ways and at several levels. One of those being (read getting) connected in a 21st century world. As a pastor, the primary reason is to share Christ.

That doesn’t mean this site will be “preachy” although it may be from time to time. But, mainly to make new friends, stay connected with old ones and family scattered across several states. I guess in this day and age, this may be the new front porch.

I hope you drop by from time to time, sit on the swing and go away feeling like you’ve been with a friend for a spell. I’d love to hear your comments as well.