A Snowy Day

On a very cold, snowy Sunday in February, only the pastor and one farmer arrived at the village church. The pastor said, ‘Well, I guess we won’t have a service today.’  The farmer replied:  ‘Pastor, even if only one cow shows up at feeding time, I feed it.’

I found the above short story on a site of amusing Christian stories. Once, not too long ago, I thought I had only one Spiritual Journaling student show up for a workshop. I was thinking about what to do–perhaps send her to another class or what? The “problem” was solved when two more students arrived for that workshop.

But after reading the above, it really touched me that even if I have just the one on any given Lord’s Day, I should do all the Lord allows to give to that one soul all God has for him or her at that particular time.

What a lesson for not only pastors, but each of Christ’s disciples as well.

“So he told them this parable: ‘Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbours, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.” Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.” ~ Luke 15:3 -7


They Went Before Us to Show Us the Way ~ No Beard, No Bishop!

No Beard, No Bishop!

Among the Methodists, four former chaplains were to become bishops. Enoch M. Marvin was elected in 1866. In 1870, John C. Keener, a former missionary to the Louisiana troops, became a bishop. In 1882, John C. Granberry, of the famous Eleventh Virginia Regiment, was chosen a bishop. Atticus G. Haygood was ordained in 1890. H. H. Kavanaugh had been ordained in 1854. He had served with distinction the men of the Sixth Kentucky Regiment and continued active in denominational affairs afterward.

Probably the most colorful of these Methodist bishops was Enoch M. Marvin, a veteran of the war in Arkansas. At the time of his election he was a pastor in Marshall, Texas, and was not present at the conference. It is said that when he reported for ordination, several ministers met him at the door and refused to let him enter in his rude manner of dress. They insisted on presenting him a clerical suit befitting the dignity of the occasion. Brother Marvin accepted the suit and presented himself in unaccustomed dignity for ordination. When the brethren saw him for the first time, certain of them opposed his ordination on the grounds that he wore a flowing beard. The old soldier held his ground, stating, “I was elected with a beard, and you’ll ordain me with a beard!” Thus he became the first man of his church to be elected to the episcopacy with a full beard.

It was he who, together with a few chaplains of several denominations, had organized the “Army Church.” Bishop Marvin was of the common people, marked by his ruggedness of character and simplicity. He never lost the common touch and was always a favorite of the people. He had never had a day of college training, but he had a deep, impressive piety. When he joined the conference at Jefferson City, Missouri, in 1842, there were many who gave him little chance to succeed, judging from his awkwardness, country mannerisms, and the poor fit of his clothing. Yet thirteen years later he was pastor of a large church in Saint Louis.

As bishop, Marvin never lost his enthusiasm for camp meetings. He preached with great power, seeing sinners powerfully convicted and gloriously converted. Some have held that the Southern Methodist Church never produced a man of more eloquence. He was in complete agreement with the proposal of his fellow bishop, Alpheus W. Wilson, who was resolved either to make the church a missionary force or destroy it “as something Continue reading

We are the Body (sung to the tune of, “We are the World” à la USA for Africa)

I love the UMC’s connectional system … especially when it works!

Things have been getting under my skin a little bit lately so I’m coping with things the way I usually do ~ with a little bit of warped humor ~ hope you get a giggle also. 🙂 

So, what did you think? Does the video reflect what you’ve experienced in the Continue reading

Keeping Score: Pastor + God, A Majority?

Guess it doesn’t really matter what our denomination is, seems we all may face a contentious lot! How we stand in the face of those trials and opposition is our witness to the peace of God residing in us. Personally though, some times I like the sound of thunder and the flash of lightning. 😉

Isaac Asimov, familiar to many as a noted scientist and author, once told a hilarious story about a Rabbi Feldman who was having trouble with his congregation. It seemed they could agree upon nothing. The president of the congregation said, “Rabbi, this cannot be allowed to continue. Come, there must be a conference, and we must settle all areas of dispute once and for all.” The rabbi agreed. At the appointed time, therefore, the rabbi, the president, and ten elders met in the conference room of the synagogue, sitting about a magnificent mahogany table.

One by one the issues were dealt with and on each issue, it became more and more apparent that the rabbi was a lonely voice in the wilderness. The president of the synagogue said, “Come, Rabbi, enough of this. Let us vote and allow the majority to rule.” He passed out the slips of paper and each man made his mark. The slips were collected and the president said, “You may examine them, Rabbi. It is eleven to one against you. We have the majority.” Whereupon the rabbi rose to his feet in Continue reading

I’m Praying for You Pastor

For my brothers and sisters in pastoral ministry: you are in my thoughts and prayers in this season. Praying for strength of spirit, for peace in your household, I pray that as you prepare for this season you may also recognize the many blessings God has given you and that your heart will be renewed and filled with a new sense of gratitude. In Christ, Amen and Amen!

Our pastor has a thankless job,
In many different ways;
She gets lots of helpful hints,
But gets so little praise!

The time he has is not his own–
He’s not like other men;
Right when he thinks his time is his,
There rings that phone again!

Someone is sick and needs some advice, Continue reading

Ball Ground United Methodist Church  ~ Touting a B.I.C.!

I love to share some of the awesome things going on in and around our local churches! This is an excerpt of an article from the ajc on a local church not far from my home. Hope you enjoy and to God give all honor and glory!

(Read the complete article here:Ball Ground United Methodist Church  | ajc.com.)

Mission statement:

“To be the hands and feet of Christ to make disciples Here, There, and Everywhere.”


The church, which began in 1870, saw a decline in membership over the years. In 2001, the little brick church was sold to a Baptist congregation and members, under the leadership of the Rev. Ash McEuen, embarked on a plan to grow the congregation – which had dwindled to seven active members. When McEuen and his family left in 2006, the church had outgrown two temporary buildings and constructed a new church on nine acres.

Pastor’s path:

(Jared) Lathem admits that he’s spent a good part of his adult life running from the call to preach. As the son of Dr. Warren Lathem, an influential and well-known Methodist minister, the young man wanted to establish his own identity.

He majored in media communications at Asbury University, thinking he would go to Hollywood Continue reading

Pastor, are you Simply a Statistic?

Dear Pastor,
I’ve been thinking about you quite a bit lately. It seems that life has been pretty stressful for you lately. Burn out is calling your name and has grown from a soft whisper to a roaring shout in your head. You have tried to be a good pastor, to be a friend, administrator, spouse, parent, community leader, … and more. There have been those moments in your day when you shake your head and say to yourself, “I need to spend some time in prayer, get myself back into a full relationship with God”, but you see the next task in front of you and you put your need aside for “later”. But when is “later”?

Pastor, I’m concerned. I know the burden you carry ~ to be faithful to God’s call on your life, to love the people who disagree with you and attack your family, to keep up with the expectations of denominational statistical charting, and to lead the people God has brought you to. But there is so much more, isn’t there?

Rev. Pat

Pastor, I am concerned for you. So Pastor, beginning now, beginning this day, I am going to pledge to carry you before the throne of God and into the presence of His mighty grace. Every Continue reading