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March 23, 2009
A cartoon by Rob Portlock
posted by UrL Scaramanga
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Educated pastors is the last thing we should be spoofing. We need more of them! The cartoon should be about all those pastors whose "ministries" (read careers) are defined by "book deals" and "bigger buildings."
Posted By: Sam Andress | March 23, 2009 8:53 PM
Good point, Sam, but I've always thought it was odd for pasters to want to be called Dr. I say get the degree, use it to your advantage and serve the people. Who cares what people call you, as long as they don't call you late for dinner! ;o)
Posted By: Steve | March 23, 2009 9:32 PM
This cartoon rightly portrays the institutionalized form of church with it's bogus preoccupation with classroom driven expertise labels and God's design of humble servant leadership dominated by example driven teaching with some talking teaching added in. This false dynamic will never stop as long as pastoring demands pay. The system must nullify Paul's strong teaching on refusing the right to be paid and ministering free of charge.
The greatest tragedy of this is that the household of faith is loaded with faithful men who match every requirement of oversight, yet because they meet their own needs as business men and have no seminary degree will never be seen in the institutionalized church as pastors. Even these men have no vision that they should see themselves as pastors because their whole spiritual life has been dominated by the hired, degreed expert orientation to pastoring.
Posted By: Tim | March 24, 2009 3:52 PM
So...its 12:05am. I am studying Hebrew...this third semester is much tougher than the previous two. Took a break and thought to work on a lesson I am preparing for this next Wednesday (on servant leadership)...this site came up on google...read the comic...read your comments...feel like I've been kicked in the gut...thanks....brothers???
posted my email address. happy to fellowship with you anytime! (no degree required!)
Posted By: Robb | August 13, 2010 12:24 AM
Where exactly does Paul teach "strongly" that minsters should do so free of charge? 1 Corinthians 9:14? 1 Timothy 5:17-18? And where is it that God condemns "classroom expertise?" Sure pastors need real time expertise, but deep knowledge and understanding of scripture seems important as well. I agree with Sam... even though the comic is pretty funny.
Posted By: Brian | December 21, 2012 10:30 AM
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