Encouragement for Pastors and Those Who Care for Them

Month: May 2021

6. Don’t Panic

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There is a lot of conversation about pastors being in crisis. It certainly can feel like a crisis moment, and I understand the panic some feel. But perhaps that is a bit premature. Perhaps we need some perspective.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. You can email me — greatheartstable@gmail.com — or leave comments on the newsletter. The more I hear the more I know what you are thinking. Conversation befits a table.

And if you like what you hear, invite others to join us.

A reminder: Greatheart’s Table is published the first, second, and fourth Mondays of each month. This means that there will be no installment on Memorial Day, May 31st, which is a fifth Monday. We will return on June 7.


EPISODE REFERENCES

Russell Moore is leaving this post to take up a role at Christianity Today.

Moore’s email can be found here.

Edwidge Danticat, Brother, I’m Dying (United States: Vintage, 2008)

Patrick O’Brian, The Truelove (United States: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993) p. 266, 277.

1 Corinthians 15:58


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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5. The Nobility of Office

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Since my plan is to publish on the first, second, and fourth Monday of the month, there will (probably!) be no installment released on May 17. I say “probably” because I’ve enjoyed doing this and could see myself just plowing on through. Nevertheless, you can for sure expect to hear from me again on the 24th of May.

In this post I’d like to consider how people look at us as pastors compared with how Scripture speaks of us. It is Scripture of course that should shape our self-assessment, but, well, I know we listen to those outside voices a bit too much. So pull up a chair as we consider the “Nobility of Office.”


References:

The gallup poll can be found here: https://news.gallup.com/poll/328136/ethics-ratings-rise-medical-workers-teachers.aspx (accessed 5/4/21) It’s notable that only 39% of the American public believe clergy to be honest and ethical. That is the environment in which we do our ministry.

Paul’s words to Timothy are found in 1 Timothy 3:1.


Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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4. Rubbing Off on Others

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I wanted to give a shout out to Nicole Turner who designed the logo for Greatheart’s Table. I am finding that in some nooks and crannies of the internet my placeholder logo frustratingly still appears. When that happens, it only goes to show how good Nicole is, and I’m grateful for her work.

Sometimes, I think pastors don’t realize the potential we have. We may feel useless or ministry may be frustrating. But there is a way that we have influence that we too easily forget.

Pull up a chair and let’s talk about how we might be doing ministry by “Rubbing off on Others.”

Quote is from – David Brooks, The Second Mountain: the Quest for a Moral Life (United States: Random House, 2019), p. 3.

Podcast music provided by Over the Rhine, and used with permission.
Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics

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To find our more about Greatheart’s Table, visit us here.

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