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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Pastor (11/30/06)

TITLE: I'm Methodist
By Ed VanDeMark
12/02/06


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Iím Methodist

I was born a Methodist.

Iíve invested sixty five years into being a Methodist. That means that Iíve survived almost as many pastors as dental appointments. Weíve 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 Godís 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 Godís program without procrastinating but he lied to save his skin.

Jacob was one of Godís 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 didnít always understand what was going on but she raised a really good kid.

Peter clucked like a ďchickenĒ 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 Godís love was more powerful than lava.


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Jan Ackerson 12/07/06
You sure chose some awesome examples to make your point! Think about coming back to present-day pastors at the end, to give closure to the point you are making. Well-thought out and pleasant to read.
dub W12/11/06
As a life long Methodist - all I can say is Amen.
Leigh MacKelvey12/11/06
I grew up Methodist in N.C., but changed later. I remember all those changes of pastors.
I think your choice of words in describing your examples were pleasant and interesting to read. Check over you punctuation when using the word "but."

A minor tense error in the sentence ..
dispense love wherever there were hurting people ..
I believe the "there" should be changed to "are" or the word "dispense" should be changed to "dispensed" in order to correct the tense.

Other than those minor problems, I give you a "bravo" for a well written article!