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Hope for Moody Pastors (Mark 3:3-6)

One reason I resisted being a “pastor” for so long was all the stereotypes I had in my head for what pastors are supposed to be like. My image always looked something like Mr. Rogers in a sweater and khakis. Warm, personable, emotionally steady, gentle and never, EVER moody.

I don’t know where I picked up that image of the pastor, but it certainly wasn’t in the Bible where God’s leaders are all over the map with their varying personalities and wild mood swings.

Moses’ temper tantrum (striking the rock) cost him the Promised Land. Jeremiah was depressed. Elijah withdrew and almost quit ministry. Peter was impulsive and often put his foot in his mouth. James and John had a violent streak earning them the nickname “Sons of Thunder.” John the Baptist was loud and abrasive, maybe wore a camel hair sweater but definitely not Mr. Rogers’ khakis. Paul was prickly and at times butted heads with others.

Ok, even admitting this diversity of characters, I at least thought I could count on Jesus to be the perfect picture of the unflappable, zen-like pastor who was always calm and collected. Or, could I?

Today I noticed and appreciated the little episode in Mark 3:3-6 where Jesus going about his ministry….and we see him breaking my Mr. Rogers-like pastoral mold. For fellow church leaders, its refreshing to see that even Jesus faced some very irritating ministry moments and difficult people. (I have a perfect church, but I’ve heard other pastors have difficult people.)

Let’s take a quick look and I’ll offer some off-the-cuff leadership insights at first glance. Continue reading Hope for Moody Pastors (Mark 3:3-6)

His Name Is Peter 4 – A Masterpiece in the Making

Peter said, “Master, I’m ready for anything with you. I’d go to jail for you. I’d die for you!” Jesus said, “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, Peter, but before the rooster crows you will have three times denied that you know me.” (Luke 22:33-34)

Dear Peter Bjorn,

The first thing you should know about your daddy, your mommy, your extended family, and the church is that we are all broken people.  We are all marred by sinfulness deep within our hearts. Left to our own devices, we would all be in a world of trouble.  We all are “works in progress,” and require patience as we grow into the people God wants us to be.

The first thing you should know about the God who created you is that He is a God of GRACE. He loves us as we are, even in our rebellion and sin.  He doesn’t wait for us to get our act together to draw near to us. No, he extends his love and grace to us while we are yet running away from Him.  “While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5). God is patient with us as he moulds us into people who more and more reflect his son Jesus.

Nobody in the Bible illustrates this “work in progress” reality better than Simon Peter. He is as human as it gets. He is as ordinary and flawed as anybody. As you read about Simon Peter in the Bible you will discover that God is fond of using ordinary people to accomplish his work in the world.  (If you need further proof, consider your daddy.)   Continue reading His Name Is Peter 4 – A Masterpiece in the Making