Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Reference for Pastor
We've got some really good pastors in Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois.
Of course, I said some.
I don't like most clergy, like me, because they often agree with the last person that they've talked to like bad sentences ending in prepositions.
Any connection between too many pastors and Jesus by the book is purely coincidental.
Fortunately, I was asked to write a reference for one of the good ones.
We'll call him Adam because, uh, that's his name.
I don't like most clergy.
Though I've been ordained over 40 years and been a pastor for longer than that along with stints as a professor of homiletics and police chaplain, most pastors follow their franchises more than Jesus by the book.
Most pastors, like me, fall into the mocking lament of Jesus in Matthew 15 and 23.
I'm just trying to establish some credibility before commending Adam to you as a gem amid the fiberglass.
God knows along with anyone remotely related to Him that too many of today's clergy enable apostasy in their denominations and congregants because their need to be liked by people exceeds their desire to love the Lord.
Adam encourages my faith and faith of so many in Belvidere, Boone County, and beyond because he looks up, stands up, speaks up, and acts up for Jesus with consistently contagious enthusiasm without equivocation.
Knowing denominations are idolatries and insult the One who loved us to death to overcome our idolatrous discriminations, segregations, and degradations, Adam prays and labors with other remnantal pastors to salt, shine, and leavenate.
His warm pastoral care is matched by Matthew 10:16 acuity; evangelizing, discipling, and protecting people in a Judeish and Matthew 12:43-45 kinda way.
In short, if I ever retire, which I won't unless forced by assassination or the minority who hate me becoming the majority, I would feel privileged to have Adam as our family pastor.
Yes, there are many really faithful pastors in our neck of the woods.
If you're interested in knowing more about them, just call and I'll tell you how to get in touch with them so you can worship under their undershepherding to the Good Shepherd.
I was going to provide a list for you; but I'd probably forget a name or four.
Besides, they're in the book...if you know what He means.
Blessings and Love!
Shatter the sound of silence!
Wake up! Look up! Stand up! Speak up! Act up for Jesus!
Salt! Shine! Leavenate!