A Clary(fication)

OK. To be honest, I haven’t really read all the criticism of my post on Fast Company and hell and all that. I’ve had a real busy day – a demoralizing defeat in basketball and now I’m off to a Lenten bible study at my church. So, forgive me if I’m off base.

What I’d like to do is briefly clarify my original post.

Is my post a little over the top? Sure it is. That’s the point. So, I’m not really going to back down or have my argument die the death of a thousand qualifications.

What I was trying to communicate was that pastors have their own curriculum and that includes the authors I cited, not Fast Company and how to mad pimp out your small business 101. The problem is not merely that pastors don’t read the ‘assigned’ curriculum, they don’t even know one exists.

In light of this, pastors ought to get back to their roots and immerse themselves in what will actually help them as shepherds. Then, and only then, will they be able to deal with things like Fast Company.

My argument with the analogy to Gerald McDermott’s book still stands.

With regards to legalism, it isn’t. What I’m saying is akin to a wise old man telling a young man in his church not to make playboy.com his homepage. But, that’s not in the bible, so I guess thats’ Pharisaic! (Whatever that is).

Perhaps in another era, circumstances would warrant holding this argument less tightly, but these are desperate times. The church is in exile after all.

As an aside, many of the things to be learned from magazines like Fast Company have nothing to do with pastoring. They have a lot of relevance for running a church, but that has nothing to do with pastoring.

This will be disputed, but all that shows is that we’re not familiar with the curriculum God has given us through wise pastors in the past.

We’ve gotten our idea of what a pastor is from the corporate world and therein lies the problem.

So to repeat my thesis: to hell with Fast Company.