Recently I’ve read through The Pastor, Peterson’s memoir. Towards the end of this self-reflective work, Peterson gives a remarkable description of church in America. I’m not championing everything Peterson wrote, said, preached, or stood for. However, his writing has struck a chord with me – a regular pastor.
Any student of the Bible knows the treasure of doctrine that is found on the pages of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. However, Romans also contains a remarkable amount of personal correspondence. While our theological formulations may come from the doctrinal portions of the book, Paul’s personal correspondence offers a beautiful description of Christian ministry.
Landon talks to “Pastor Crossfit,” Josh Green, about regular pastors and extended time away, aka, sabbaticals.
Landon talks with Corey Speer and Hunter Seigler about when it’s OK for a church member to leave their church to join another church.
As a regular pastor I get excited about the occasional opportunity to “go” to church with my family. While there are certain things I do want to hear on these occasional Sundays, there are also a number of things I don’t want to hear.
In 2008 I was a young pastor in Kentucky. It was Sunday after church, and I was having lunch with one of the coolest guys I knew, an undercover narcotic agent. My law enforcement friend (and his girlfriend) had been visiting our church for several months.
Landon talks about the regular pastor and reading with Luke Evans, AKA “Ekul Divad Snave,” the founding pastor of Christ Church in San Antonio, Texas.
The landscape of evangelicalism in 2018 seems to be dominated by megachurches. This is in large part a result of social media, national conferences, and multi-campus churches. The largest churches in the country, along with their celebrity pastors, are constantly celebrated and championed in the United States.
The truth is, pastors don’t always want to go to church. Some Sundays we’d rather smash the alarm and stay in bed. Whatever the reason, there are Sundays when pastors just don’t want to go to church.