Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

Jealousy, Personality, and Preachers

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.It seems that in the current church environment there are rivalries between ministers. It seems unfortunate but some ministers write up, spread rumors, and engage in defamation of other ministers because of envy and jealousy. Some ministers are territorial. Fortunately I have been blessed with a minister who is supportive and wise. Bobby Pinckley was the minister for 30 years at the Waynesboro church of Christ. When I came to work in Waynesboro, he was still of member of the community but was preaching at another congregation. Nevertheless, he still had a role within the local body of Christ. But unlike some ministers who seem to revel in the power and position, who seem to be unable to release the control strings, Bobby was a seasoned professional in helping me in my ministry. He had the art of appearing and disappearing at the appropriate times in my ministry. One time, I had to head up to Nashville to be with a family whose love one was going to be taken off of life support. As a rookie minister, this trip scared me to death. What was I going to do, say in such a tense moment. Fortunately Bobby was standing there in the hospital room. I was never so relieved and happy. Bobby has trained me through his example to conduct funerals and help the grieving family. Also, Bobby has stayed on the sidelines in situations where I needed to handle the situation or where I would want more influence. He has weaved his life into my ministry perfectly. Bobby is back with us in Waynesboro, and this is a blessing because he is more concerned with the kingdom of God than he is with holding onto a position or influence. We need more Bobby’s across the brotherhood.

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About The Author

Matthew is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. He has a beautiful wife named Charity and a precious baby named Gabrielle. He has graduated from the Brown Trail School of Preaching, Heritage Christian University with his Bachelors of Arts in Biblical Studies, Lipscomb University with his Master’s of Arts in Biblical Studies and his Master’s of Divinity at Freed-Hardeman University. He is presently working towards his Doctorate of Ministry at Harding Graduate School of Religion. His articles have appeared in the World Evangelist, the Highway to Holiness, The West Virginia Christian, The Christian Echo, The Firm Foundation, Church Growth, and the Gospel Advocate. He enjoys hockey, golf, boxing, and chess. In his spare time he enjoys reading numerous genres of books. Also, he is working on climbing all of the 14ers in Colorado. Matthew is the Pulpit Minister for the Castle Rock church of Christ.


10 Responses to “Jealousy, Personality, and Preachers”

  1. Alan Bell says:

    I would have to agree with you about Bobby whole-heartedly. It was a little intimidating to me when he came back and began to attend our Wednesday night class. I felt like I was teaching with the teacher present. I began to realize this was not a bad thing. Bobby brings such a wealth of knowledege, which he adds so appropriately to our class. To me, his spiritual leadership ranks right there with my dad. It is good for Waynesboro to have Bobby back.

  2. Trey Morgan says:

    Matthew, nothing has really changed in 2000 years. As the apostles sat around Jesus they argued over which was going to be the greatest.

    I’m glad you’ve been blessed by Bobby. I’ve had “Bobby’s” in my life. They are invaluable!

  3. Matthew says:

    Trey, you have a great ministry, which reflects well on “our Bobby too.” Also, I feel that you bless numerous younger preachers too.

  4. Cheryl says:

    I’m not surprised, but it still makes me sad. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all focus on Christ and minister to this world TOGETHER! Relationship is key to ministry, rivalry has the opposite effect. Thanks for making me think about and pray for my spiritual mentor this morning – David Harrelson!

  5. Bobby sounds like a great Christian, an “elder statesman” for the church.

  6. Leon Cole says:

    I am glad to claim Bobby as a friend as well. We were classmates at Freed-Hardeman but I refuse to claim I am as old as he is! He was already married with a family then.

    But it has been my privilege to work with him in a number of situations. He always was an encouragement and a blessing. I never saw a more hand and glove situation than that which he enjoyed at Waynesboro but it appears, Matthew, that you are developing that kind of relationship. Congratulations!

  7. Clyde S. says:

    Is it Bobby Pinkley or Prinkley? I led singing for Bobby Pinkley one time for a gospel meeting at the Beacon Church of Christ where I was song leader/associate minister while David Lipe was preaching there.

    Anyway, I really loved being around brother Pinkley that week. If they are two different folks, then I suppose the world has been double-blessed.

  8. Matthew says:

    Well it is neither, it is Pinckley. But we are all talking about the same man. That spelling, and he did work at Beacon for a few years.

  9. Keith says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Bobby and sitting with him for a little while just talking. I hope to again this summer.

    I’d love to hear him preach, but I didn’t know he was back in Waynesboro now.

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