Next to the Ministry of the Word, the most fruitful pastoral duty is to help all sorts of odd sheep to live together, and show them how to live in the world amongst goats without becoming goats. One of the great lessons of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is how the saints should fit in together. The greatest sin is to refuse to fit in, and want to stick out like a sore thumb, drawing attention to oneself. Some have to be shown by the Word, and in private conversation, that soul-cure is largely a matter of learning to live and worship together. The testimony of a true Christian church ought to be how Christians love one another including the ‘odd bods’. Christ likes odd bods. I sometimes say nearly all the fruitful Christian ministers and fruitful laymen I know, are odd bods. But they are odd bods with a mission, a mission to fit other odd bods, along with themselves, into a fellowship.Still speaks of Christ liking the odd bods. I would change that slightly to say Christ loves the odd bods.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
This from the legendary William Still:
Thursday, 10 August 2017
Parents are often wary of discipling their little ones when they are young. Pastor Jeffrey shows clearly why this is a disastrous and painful route to take. Here is a choice quote as a taster:
Raising a young child may at times feel like herding geese, but disciplining an unruly teenager is like trying to put a collar on a hungry bear, and repenting as an adult is like trying to turn a container sheep
Read the full thing here