This morning my brother emailed me that mother was in the hospital. She is having some heart problems and the doctors were going to run some tests. Recently, mother has dealt with some high blood pressure issues. The ironic part of this story is that I cannot visit my mother. I visit people in the hospital on behalf of Christ and the congregation, but in regards to my own mother, the door is shut. She is in Nova Scotia and I in Tennessee. The verse “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me” (Matt. 10:37), has never been slammed down my throat in such a powerful manner before.
A Minister and a Congregation are friends. C.S. Lewis states that true friends are honored by one another’s friendship because each party believes the other is better than themselves. Congregation and minister develop problems when either the minister or the congregation feels superior to the other party in the relationship. When the congregation arrogantly exalts above the minister or the minister stands on a two legged chair looking down on the congregation. When this begins to happen, soon the friendship will be over.
In the good news section. It seems to appear the Nashville Predators will be staying in Tennessee.