If you've looked at this page in the last couple of days, you know I'm just back from holidays, as witnessed to by a rambling blog that a former chair of my council said was merely bait to get people to see what I did on my holidays. Well, whatever! He did read it, though--and it DID have a more serious point than self-promotion.
Returning from holidays means, of course, that we take necessary steps back into the day-to-day work of pastoring. (The calling always remains--whether one is on holidays or not!) One of the best helps I was blessed with for that walk in the last few days was a sobering email from a Mennonite pastor and friend now working with Mennonite Central Committee in Ethiopia. He pasted an op-ed from the August 7 New York Times, written by a pastor from the United Church of Christ. Called "Congregations Gone Wild," G. Jeffrey MacDonald sketches a serious warning to pastors and congregations about our consumerist culture's potential to blow out the foundation and integrity of the pastoral calling. Take a look at this link.
Chew on this. Evaluate it. Does any of MacDonald's points wound your part of of the body of Christ? Pass it on to family, friends, congregation members, office bearers--all the while clothing ourselves with the armour of God (Ephesians 6) to withstand such contemporary fiery darts of the evil one.