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find and seek cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

If you haven’t read Henri Nouwen’s, The Wounded Healer, I recommend you do.

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About David Hayward

David Hayward runs the blog nakedpastor as a graffiti artist on the walls of religion where he critiques religion… specifically Christianity and the church. He also runs the online community The Lasting Supper where people can help themselves discover, explore and live in spiritual freedom.

  • Pat Pope

    Based on some reactions I’ve gotten from some people, there do appear to be some Christians who really do think a leader changing their views or exhibiting views different from those proclaimed by the majority as some sort of betrayal, rather than seeing it as that person growing in their faith. But I don’t believe the answer is to become compliant with the status quo. I don’t think anyone is served by that. As difficult as it can be, I say live authentically even if that means some of your views may change or you may reveal some doubts, uncertainties, weaknesses. Those who don’t like it, can find a leader who will exhibit what they’re looking for. But why punish the leader? All that does is reinforce the message that we must all think alike. But I know why. We want the path of least resistance. Don’t ruffle feathers, keep the people happy so the money keeps coming the complaints stay at a minimum.

  • http://thewoundedbird.blogspot.com Grandmère Mimi

    So glad you mentioned Nouwen’s Wounded Healer. I’ve read it more than once. Not only is the book helpful to pastors, but it helps members of the congregation not to over-expect that the pastor will be superhuman.

  • http://thewoundedbird.blogspot.com Grandmère Mimi

    And I might add that the book is good medicine for everyone as a caution not to over-expect of ourselves.

  • http://theoldadam.com/ Steve Martin

    That’s a pretty lousy pastor (preacher).

    Christ is right there…in front of his nose. Proclaim Him!

    no…we can’t do that. we might offend someone.

    Like I said, “a pretty lousy preacher”.

  • http://ac-art-and-soul.blogspot.com Anne Clay

    Yep, yep, yep…. :)…. Love you David! You were a wonderful pastor to us… weakness and all…because last time I checked “His power is made perfect in OUR weakness.”

  • http://www.unnameablecuriosity.wordpress.com Christine

    Well, Steve, since “preachers” aren’t actually mentioned in the bible, I guess he’s safe.


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