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I have this pastor friend who likes to sit across from you, jab his finger and tell you, “Your problem is this, your problem is that, you need to do this, you need to do that.” Which is terrible pastoring. Pastors aren’t here to tell us what to do or how to behave. Pastors are here to reveal God to us. My approach is very different. Instead of pointing fingers, I ask questions, promote discussion. “Well, how do you feel about that choice? What might you have done differently? Was that then most effective way to accomplish that goal?” My pastor buddy practices pastoring on the cheap: Tell People What To Do. When I believe a pastor’s job is to make people think for themselves. Telling people what to do is the laziest form of ministry. It’s much easier to get a guy a haircut than to encourage his thinking to discover things about himself and his motives.

Independent thought is not valued or encouraged. We are told, from birth to the graveyard, what to think, what to value, how to behave. Pastors will tell you This Is Normal, and proceed to tell you how to live. Which is not a pastor’s job. A pastor’s job is to introduce you to God. To, in fact, encourage you to un-plug from the noise, discover God for yourself. That discovery will be life-changing, and God will do the rest.
-- Christopher J. Priest























Date: 2018-01-26 05:34 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Ikon makes the third foe of Slade's in this wearing some of his apparel.

There's probably something in that.

Date: 2018-01-26 05:59 pm (UTC)
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hmmm I am glad his bisexuality is being talked about... but Isherwood's (huh I wonder if that was on purpose) relationship with him still feels skeevy

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