Encouragement for Pastors and Those Who Care for Them

Month: August 2021

15. Smells Like Groupie Spirit

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There have always been pastors with broad impact and what we might now call significant platforms. To learn from those gifted and in places of prominence is the way things are supposed to be. But to acquiesce automatically to what they say is more akin to what I call “Groupie Spirit,” and it kind of stinks.


EPISODE NOTES

Notes and resources relevant to this episode:

Behind the name Jesse is a real person and a real experience. However, for several reasons, I’ve chosen to use a pseudonym. The character represents a number of courageous people I have known, as well as an ideal to which I aspire.

Presbyterian churches are organized into regional bodies called “presbyteries” which meet periodically to set policy on matters affecting them all.

When my wife, my copy editor, read this she wrote in the margin, “I have no idea what you are saying here.” The idea of the enneagram had not yet cracked her world. If it has not cracked yours, that’s okay. You can just go on labeling people with their Myers-Briggs letters.

The scripture quoted is from 1 Corinthians 1:11, 12.


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Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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14. The Unbusy Pastor

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In this post I continue our conversation about busy-ness suggesting some pathways to lessen the stress. Where we end is always where we need to end: putting aside our desire for acclaim and being content with Jesus.

So in this episode we consider what it means to be an “Unbusy Pastor.”

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EPISODE NOTES

Resources mentioned in this episode:

Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor (United States: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989), pp. 19-22

Peterson, pp. 21, 22.

David Allen, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, Revised Edition (United States: Piatkus Books, 2015)

James Fallows, “Organize Your Life”, accessed 8/2/21

Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World (United States: Thomas Nelson Publishers,1984), pp.81ff.
The other three “laws” are:
* Unseized time flows toward my weaknesses.
* Unseized time comes under the influence of dominant people in my world.
* Unseized time surrenders to the demands of all emergencies.

Forty years later, I could easily add a fifth.
* Unseized time defaults to our electronic devices and streaming services.


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Intro: “All My Favorite People” / Lyrics
Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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13. The Busy Pastor

If there is anything that pastors can agree on, it’s that we are busy. We complain about it like we complain about the weather. Being busy is a badge many wear with honor. Busy-ness, we may think, is somewhere next to godliness.

That’s an assumption that in this episode of Greatheart’s Table I’d like to challenge as we think about what it means to be a busy pastor.

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EPISODE NOTES

Quotes in this episode are from these sources:

John Calvin, Commentaries on the Last Four Books of Moses, Volume 1 (United States: Baker Book House, 1989), pp. 303-304. This is Calvin’s commentary on Exodus 18:13ff.

Eugene Peterson, The Contemplative Pastor (United States: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1989), p. 17.

Dan Allender, Leading with a Limp (United States: Waterbrook Press, 2008), p. 128.


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Outro: “Called Home” / Lyrics


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