Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Why Pastors Need Our Prayers

Some may not realize that they need to pray for their pastors all the time.  He is the pastor.  He has a direct line to God.  I don't need to pray for him. He needs to pray for me.  In reality pastors have a very difficult job as they work to shepherd their flocks.  Many work late hours, including taking phone calls, answering emails and counseling church members.  While there are superstar pastors that are prominent on television, the substantial majority of pastors are not wealthy.  Indeed, there are some who work outside of their churches during the week to supplement their incomes.  J. Lee Grady has written an excellent column reminding church members to pray for their pastors.  The following is an excerpt of Lee's column:

Often when I speak to a group of aspiring ministers, I greet them by saying: “Welcome to the war.” I also remind them that when they signed up to join the front lines of spiritual battle, a bright red target was painted on their backs. Ministry can be wonderfully rewarding, but let’s not kid anybody: Most of the time it’s a thankless job full of headaches, disappointments, conflicts, loneliness, frustration, petty complaints and tight budgets.
And while we might assume all pastors lead megachurches and drive new cars, keep in mind that the average church in this country has 75 members and the average pastor makes less than $34,000 a year—and  may work an extra job to feed his or her family. The statistics are alarming: 90 percent of pastors work more than 50 hours a week; 70 percent say they don't have any close friends; and 45 percent say they've had to take a leave of absence from ministry because of  depression or burnout.
The rest of the article is here:  Your Pastor is on the Firing Line-Please Pray!

As always, lifting up in prayer: Pastors Len Harper, Brian Jones, Ken Ackerman, Cindy Ackerman, Chuck Ammons, Jeremiah Playle, Michele Playle, and Chris Thomas. 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Bone Hampton on Rick James Bible

The other night we were at a men's meeting at church and our pastor asked us to turn to Ephesians.  A friend of mine was sitting next to me and he realized he had a problem.  There were pages missing in his Bible including, the entire book of Ephesians.  I leaned to him and said I hope you got a discount.  Later, he said that he wanted to read the King James Version and he pulled this Bible off the shelf as he headed out the door.  This was a perfect set-up where I said it looks like you have one of those Rick James Bibles.  I then told him about Bone Hampton’s comedy act on the “Rick James’ Bible.”  Bone Hampton is a lot funnier than me, so I am posting the excerpt from Thou Shalt Laugh below.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wisdom From My 17-Year Old Nephew - Abortion

My 17-year old nephew, Benjamin McKnight III, is not afraid to tackle tough subjects.  Even if what he has to say will draw fire from his classmates.  Still, I recognize that he has more than 300 followers on his blog.  He must be doing something right.  Check out what Ben (when he was younger we said Bennie) had to say about abortion.  By the way, I think the most heated debate I had in high school involved the Cowboys and Eagles.
My Thoughts on Abortion
     Recently, one of my Facebook friends put up a status saying, “‘abortion doesn’t make you unpregnant, it makes you the parent of a dead baby.’ pro-life.” Another Facebook friend saw this status, and responded with her own status, which said “it literally sends a pain in my stomach when ANYONE trash talks girls who get abortions. you have no idea what you’re talking about.” That status became the beginning of a four hour, 295 comment discussion between 14 different people, myself included. There were opinions voiced, heated back and forth discussions, and, thanks to one immature girl, some threats. However, I don’t think that I got my point across as well as I could have. Therefore, here is my full, unsolicited opinion on Abortion.

Rest of Story is Continued Here.