Pastoring a church can be a very surreal experience. You feel normal to yourself but like you come from another planet to many people you associate with.
It feels as though society in general, which was drifting away from it’s connections to orthodox Christian faith is now in freefall. The see saw has well and truly passed half way.
This isn’t just an Everyman phenomena, this applies to churched and church people as well. One cannot assume that because someone occupies a pew that they are on the adventure. One local pastor said to me recently, “It’d be nice if I had a Christian in my congregation”. What?
If you want a passionate snapshot of what a modern day Apostle Paul might be and think like, read Simon Guillebaud’s book (ISBN-13 978-1-85424-760-5 UK). He gives an idea of what a Christian life switched on to Jesus and his adventure might look like. He is a compelling not a condemning author. He is passionate and is no armchair theorist.
When I think about how long I will live and how long I will be dead; when I think about this life as a preparation for the next, how do I want to invest whatever I have left?