Nobody Likes the Cardinals Anyway

I began my discussion on Theopoetics prematurely so I’ll continue that either next week. Memorial weekend is supposed to rain in Portland, which is fine because gas is so much I can’t afford to walk to the park. But I’ll be taking a trip up to Seattle to catch the Red Sox while they’re in town.

Speaking of baseball, the NL Central is heating up early. My Cubbies are in first and the Astros are close behind. Let’s all pray that the Cardinals will begin to fall out of the picture. Because nobody likes the Cardinals anyways.

On a different subject, Scot McKnight’s series on Pastor’s Wisdom, which asks pastors what they would do differently in their ministries if they could go back and do it all over again is providing bundles of wisdom. Today’s I liked especially and I’ll quote a bit (from here):

I have ministered in a large church, an intentional community in the city and a missional church plant in the suburbs. In each case, there has always been the temptation to lead as a CEO, as a top-down leader. There has been the instinct to be present and control every facet of the church’s life. This has led repeatedly to excessive busyness and the feeling that I never have relational time with people. Over the years, I have been convinced this is a disaster. I have seen this as counter-Biblical (1 Cor 12, Rom6, Eph 4) and as counter productive if one desires to lead an organic missional community that multiplies itself in the neighborhoods (as opposed to a corporate organization). And so I have been learning, even these past three months, that I must ever fight this temptation and make time to spend with the development of leaders relationally, speaking into the their lives, bringing them along with me on hospital visits, in board meetings (yes we still must have a board meeting or two), letting them in on the struggles of everyday pastoral life and seeing how I personally struggle with all the various character strains that are inevitable in ministerial vocation life.

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