What is a pastor, and what does he do?
During the twentieth century, the pastor was often stylized as a therapist, or even compared to the friendly sitcom bartender. In recent years a myriad of metaphors, borrowed from the business world, has been posited: the pastor has been called a “visioneer,” a “catalytic leader,” or even a “movement maker.” For consideration is a new metaphor: the pastor as signpost. Continue reading
I was having a bad day. I don’t have bad days very often, because the inner critic knows that “someone else always has it worse” and the inner God-lover knows He is “working all things together for good.” I have tiring, or busy, or frustrating days, but not bad days.
This was a bad day.
Many in my denomination prefer the term “Lord’s Supper” to “communion” when discussing the breaking of bread and the (obviously non-alcoholic) fruit of the vine. The word “eucharist” is practically unheard-of! (Literally.)
Recently, I was explaining to a friend[*] that the use of the term “Lord’s Supper” in Southern Baptist circles was meant to emphasize the memorial nature of the act (see: Zwingli).
Ironically, I had only known this blessed practice as “communion,” since pretty much the only time I partook was when visiting my high school friend’s (not-so) non-denominational Christian church. Actually, it was the only question I stumbled over during my licensing to ministry; I couldn’t remember what the “two ordinances” of the church were, but I knew the sacraments!