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I have loved that verse for a long, long time . . . I'm glad it has special meaning for you, PETER.


Good stuff. Can I ask just one thing? Can you post more of this?

I’m just interjecting reason into the dialogue here. We all want to be good at what we do. You’re a pastor. I’m grateful for the flock you shepherd. As said shepherd, don’t they need (and deserve) to see their pastor as a man of encouragement, love, and cooperation? Now you may be that person. But that’s not what comes across on most of the posts here.

And no, we don’t know one another, so I don’t know what you’re like in real life. But I’d hope that as a proclaimer of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, you treat your local congregation with more patience, love, and kindness than is typical in most posts found here.

I also understand the need to make sure convention policies are on the up-and-up. I applaud your fervor in doing such. I don’t agree with most (any) of your views, but you definitely have the right to your opinion. But is the personal blog for a pastor the place for that?

Am I suggesting you stop blogging? By no means. Am I suggesting you not write critical posts? Again, No. But I beg of you as a minister of the Gospel of peace and life, please represent Christ and His Kingdom in a way worthy of the Cross.

We as Baptists talk about the Great Commission a lot. So much so that we want to change our name to that (a point which I might even agree with your take on). So to close, I ask, what about the recent content posted here is helping men and women to “Go Ye Therefore”?

I want you to succeed as a pastor. I want your congregation to succeed as a local fellowship of faith. But I just don’t see how that is possible when the words written here are filled with skepticism, negativity, doubt, and venom. You can’t just detach what is written here and what is preached in the pulpit. It just can’t be done.

If you want to moderate this comment and email me directly, by all means, proceed. I’m not trying to embarrass or scold you. I want to encourage you to become the best pastor for your people so that the Kingdom may be grown and God be made known.

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