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Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)
TITLE: I'm Methodist
By Ed VanDeMark
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I was born a Methodist.
I’ve invested sixty five years into being a Methodist. That means that I’ve survived almost as many pastors as dental appointments. We’ve had liberals and conservatives. Tall ones and short ones have stopped in town for a while. Thin ones and super sized versions have graced our pulpit. Boy pastors and girl preachers have blessed us. White skin and black skin preachers of God’s love have ministered to our needs.
Some of our pastors were powerful preachers, but not all of them. Others were super visitors that dispense love where ever there were hurting people, but not every one of them. We have experienced great teachers, but some of them were merely adequate in the classroom. I remember great administrators and others that managed to lose two thirds of the things that touched their desks. Personal counseling was a strength for a few but not all of the wonderful men and women that God sent to shepherd us.
Abraham followed God’s program without procrastinating but he lied to save his skin.
Jacob was one of God’s all stars wrestlers but I would have been leery of doing business with him.
Noah drank a little too much wine but he built a fine little boat and took care of business. Goat business. Elephant business. Pigeon business and the business of obeying God.
Moses had a tendency to throw stones when he got mad but he radiated God nuclear love for his wayward people.
David had a wandering eye and a distinct knack for covering up his wanderings but he is the one that God identified as a man after his own heart.
Solomon built a nice temple for God and a fair sized palace with bed rooms for about a 1,000 fair maidens.
Mary didn’t always understand what was going on but she raised a really good kid.
Peter clucked like a “chicken” until the rooster crowed after that he only made a few mistakes.
Saul had strong feelings about Christians until Jesus changed his name to Paul then he had strong feelings for the believers.
John favored fire and brimstone until he discovered that God’s love was more powerful than lava.
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