Monday, June 27, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
From two sermons per Sunday (offering message 20 min, main message 45-60 minutes) it made for a LONG day including Sunday school. There was also a TBN mentality that crept into the church after we purchased a new building. I remember being laid into for going on my one year wedding anniversary the same time the church moving day was. Here is a situation where I barely went on vacation and when I do it is met with opposition. I chose to put into practice what many if not all pastors preach…FAMILY FIRST. Perhaps some could have learned by my example. So, I went on vacation and went my way.
There literally was a point in my last year and half at the church where if I talked to someone new about finding a church I would send them to the large church just a couple cities south of us. I did not want them tied up in a toxic mess.
As a pastor I find many people using, Radiant Fellowship and it's ministries almost as their mistress. I literally have people coming to me or our staff for counseling because they feel their pastor will judge them, if they are a lady...tell them "you need to submit to your husband" or not schedule them. This is a sad case. You should be able to love your church and expect to get ministry there. If you are not...perhaps it may be an off day or week or maybe month. However, if this is ongoing then there is an issue.
I say all of that because there will be those times you are not the happiest with your church. There have been people at Radiant Fellowship in the past that were not happy and left. Actually quite a few after only a year in existence our church went through a split leaving me with 5 people and a mortgage when I became the pastor. However, if the bad outweighs the good then it is time to move on. I don’t think you will ever really find the perfect church but you should have more good to say about it than bad. Church should be a place where you can let down your hair and be yourself.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Proverbs 8:17(NIV) I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.
Jeremiah 29:13(NIV) You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
These two verses point out something quite obvious and that is when we seek, God we will find him. In a couple of short days I will be making the trip to Cornerstone Festival to be a seminar speaker. This comes at a great time with my book coming out this Friday. However, if I want to get to Cornerstone I can either listen to one person who says, “THIS is the way you go…if you go any other way it will be longer, out of your way, etc.” I could listen to the person who says, “you know…if you go down through Milwaukee rather than taking I-39 all the way down you might see more things and enjoy the drive a little more.” The other option for me would be to navigate my own path and experience the journey on my own. Although I have been to Cornerstone several times there is always a new route to take.
I think this is how it is for everyone’s faith journey. We are all told by a Pastor or parent “this is the way…walk ye in it.” This is quoted out of Isaiah and meant for the people we read about in that book. However, we are all on different journeys and we should be VERY cautious of those people that tell us “that is not the way we should go to find Christ.” Our journey to Christ should not cause us to do things that will cause harm or hurtful living but the joy does come in the journey. Daily we are finding God over and over again…how do you do that? That is part of the beauty because you will see and experience things that I will not. The same can be said about me seeing and experiencing things that you will not. These are the things that make Christianity so great! You may have seen, God work this one way over and over and over again. It is as if God knows your language and is connecting with you on a very real and personal level by how he communicates with you. With me and others however…he chooses other ways to communicate. God used everything from a burning bush to a talking donkey to speak to people. In our world today he could do the same or use something irregular and unorthodox to point us to him.
When you hear fundies saying “this is the only way to find God” be very cautious! All throughout scripture we find people coming to Christ is ALL KINDS of different ways. Today is just the same and God is still revealing himself to us in ways that speak our language.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Well the time has come and I am happy to announce that my first book will be coming out on Friday, June 24th on Nook, Kindle and Paperback. My initial book project has been placed on the back burner to make way for this conversational book. People often times tell me I am a “real pastor” and “transparent” and so the title of this book is “My Life as a Pastor: Real Thoughts from a Real Pastor in the Real World.” With over 250 pages I hit on a wide variety of topics from church boards and politics to outreach to Howard Stern.
Thanks to a GREAT editor I am very happy with how this whole project has gone. Here is the wording from the back cover which I also talk about in the promo video if you click below.
“COME AS YOU ARE!” We’ve seen it plastered on church signs everywhere. The question is: Do we mean it? Would a church welcome an openly gay parishioner? How about a drug addict? A stripper? Would it be okay for a kid to wear his baseball hat in the sanctuary or would he be told to take it off? If we truly say, “Come as you are,” we have to be ready for some, in the words of the late author Mike Yaconelli, “Messy spirituality.”
Pastor Bob Adams has seen his fair share of the good, the bad and the ugly in the church. Pastors are under siege – and it’s often in the form of “friendly fire.” Pastors are held under a microscope and placed high on a pedestal; one wrong comment, one inquiry about one of the church’s “sacred cows” or even the simple act of wearing blues jeans on a Sunday cause many pastors to be tossed aside.
Join Pastor Bob, founder of “That’s Not My God” (http://www.thatsnotmygod.com) and pastor of Radiant Fellowship in Waupaca, Wisconsin for a transparent conversation about everything from board meetings to Howard Stern.
It’s all about being real. As Pastor Bob Adams often says, “Transparency is the key to true relationships and is the best context for discipleship.”