breaking in the pastor or the church

breaking in the pastor or the church cartoon by nakedpastor david hayward

“Breaking In” by nakedpastor David Hayward

This really does happen. I know this for a fact. How do I know? Because as a pastor this is what I used to think of new churches I was sent to serve. And the people of the church have told me outright that this is exactly their attitude is towards new pastors coming in.

What if there was the attitude that we accept each other as we are? Appreciate one another as we are? Love one another as we are?

This is very rare and therefore very precious.

SHOP

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.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com/ Sabio Lantz

    Unfortunately, the new e-mail notification does not include the cartoon — many may not visit because of that. Just FYI — you might ask Patheos to address that. Or maybe it is just feedburner and now you have to live with it.

  • http://triangulations.wordpress.com/ Sabio Lantz

    Also, not sure if we can follow comments any more. No check box below.

  • Carol

    There is more than one way to skin a cat. We all, through trial and error, find what works for us. The problem is when we confuse what is best for us with a universal principle or absolute that is best for all. And we all have the tendency to absolutize our own opinions and coping strategies.

    “One of our biggest mistaken assumptions is that everyone thinks like me. So most of the decisions that we make are based on the way we think. This of course leads us to assume that what’s good for us is good for everyone else. So when we jump to a particular conclusion about something, it is based on what we want it to be and this is the definition of an egocentric person.” ~Theresa Borchard

    “Religion is at its best when it makes us ask hard questions of ourselves. It is at its worst when it deludes us into thinking we have all the answers for everybody else. A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.” –Archibald Macleish

  • Brian Sim

    Unfortunately this happens in many other areas of “employment.” As a teacher and driving a semi for a few years, this attitude prevails. There is a church in Saint John whose minister left almost 2 years ago and a new replacement has not been found. When I ask what takes so long the reply is, “a committee was formed to find one.” Must be a real “special” place?

  • Brian Sim

    Unfortunately this happens in many other areas of “employment.” As a teacher and a truck driver for a few years, this attitude prevailed. There is a church in Saint John whose minister left almost 2 years ago and a new replacement has not been found. When I ask what takes so long the reply is, “a committee was formed to find one.” Must be a real “special” place?

  • David

    When I went to my first church as the only pastor, I walked into the little run down place they called a parsonage and there was a little cartoon pinned on the door. There was a little old lady talking to a new young pastor. She said, “You’ll get along here just fine son, as long as you stay away from controversial subjects such as sin.” Although it was a joke there are some people who are really like this.


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