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April 20, 2017, 11:37 AM

From the Pastor, "Giving Up Popularity" - April 9, 2017

Dear Friends,

Giving up popularity is a really difficult topic for this pastor to address.  Whether you are reading this online or in our church, listening to my message in person or streaming on the web you are about to take a trip inside the heart, soul, and mind of one particular pastor: me.  So I warn you in advance not to apply what I share here and from the platform to other pastors or even other Christians.  This time, it's about me.

Pastoral popularity is peculiar.  Peer pressure rarely rears its head as I narrowly navigate my way through my vocational adventures.  Rather I regard certain congregational commitments and challenges as accurate assessments of how I handle the hourly honor of heeding Christ's commands.  So sweetly do the duties of my day overwhelm my desire of deepening my discipleship, I can casually commit to the changing causes of congregational committees.  I begin to whittle away at the worthwhile weight of my work, and prize popularity by picking and pursuing only those priorities that people perceive as preeminent.  It is essential that this particular pastor eschews the earthly entanglements and mundane matters of typical temporary toil and take the time to treat the timeless task of ministry with the reverence, respect, and rigor that it requires.

In God's Grip,
Pastor Mark


04-29-2017 at 10:50 AM
Love the alliteration!!
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