5 Lessons for Ministry from the Tobacco Patch

5 Lessons for Ministry from the Tobacco Patch

You’ve never itched until you’ve cropped “sand lugs” from a worn and wet fiberglass seat on a tobacco harvester. “Sand lug” leaves grow near the bottom of the stalk and are covered with dirt and grime. Pulling these leaves from the stalk and passing them through the conveyor belt to the”panner” causes the sand to work its way into some unseemly spots. Like I said you’ve never itched until you’ve cropped “sand lugs” from a fiberglass seat that needed replacing three seasons ago.

Growing up in the south my summer days were filled with an itching bottom and a red neck. I spent my summer vacation cropping tobacco (it’s pronounced tah-backer in the south). In the mornings, we would unload a barn of cured leaves. We emptied the tobacco into burlap sheets to make it ready for the market. (The aroma of dried tobacco leaves still lingers in my mind.) When the barn was empty, we would head to the fields to fill it up again. Although it was only a few weeks out of the summer, it seemed like a neverending cycle. But I am grateful for the lessons I learned in those fields. Experiences, which prepared me for a life in ministry. Here are five lessons I learned and how they relate to gospel ministry:

  1. A grain of sand in the wrong spot will make you miserable, but keep on cropping because things tend to work themselves out.

    In ministry, you will be rubbed the wrong way by things that really don’t matter. You will feel it’s unbearable. However, you can let the little situations prevent you from working for the Lord. Keep cropping. It will work itself out.

  2. When it gets hot, learn to pace yourself.

    Temperature affects your production. If you’re facing a season of heated confrontation, remember not to run full speed ahead, or you’ll get burnt. The pressures of ministry will cause even the most seasoned worker to burnout. Slow down and pace yourself.

  3. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life (like an RC Cola and MoonPie).

    Nothing was more satisfying than a twelve-ounce soda and a snack at break-time in the fields. You’re not designed to work nonstop. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures in life.

  4. If you disagree with someone, get it right before the end of the row.

    In the tobacco patch, teenage boys (and girls too) would often argue back and forth while on the harvester. Everyone knew if the matter was not resolved by the end row things could escalate into an all-out fight. In ministry, you’re going to have disagreements, but make things right before it gets out of hand.

  5. Always help others gather their crops.

    The farming community where I grew up helped each other. I remember times when one crew was finished but went to help another farmer to get his harvest in on time.  As a minister, I should never leave my fellow pastor to work alone. Christians should help others.

Again these are only a few correlations between the tobacco patch and ministry. I am sure there are more, but these will do for now. What about you? Did God use a former job or situation to shape you for ministry? I would love to hear your story in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last Wednesday in a Baptist Church

The Last Wednesday in a Baptist Church

The parking lot is usually full, but in the summer the cars dwindle. Come early, and you will witness covered dishes lugged from vehicles to the social hall. In the colder months, the scent of hamburgers seasoned with a deacon’s special blend of spices drifts through the air.  It’s the last Wednesday of the month at a Baptist Church. It’s Family Night.

It may seem like an excuse to eat a meal for some. However, it’s far more than food. It’s about friendships. Gathered around the folding tables people share about their day. Conversations can range from the weather to delicate difficulties a person is facing. Yes, to some it may look like a reason to loosen your belt, eat your fill, and sip sweet tea. But this meeting is far more important than that!

A pastor mingles checking the pulse of the people. He offers a quick joke to a few and a word of comfort to others. Brothers and sisters in Christ laugh and tell stories of bygone days. It’s more than a potluck dinner. This gathering is the sharing of each other’s life. Genuine relationships blossom on Family Night.

How many meals did Christ share with His followers? There are several instances found in the Gospels. Still, scoffers complain that it’s just an “eating meeting” and they miss the blessing. One should never underestimate the power of a Baptist casserole. For the last Wednesday night of the month in a Baptist church is sometimes the most ministry-filled night. It’s Family night.

I Love My Church Family

I Love My Church Family

It’s the 24th day of my June Blogging Challenge. So what am going to write about today? My mind keeps drifting to my flock at West Green Baptist Church. I am privileged to pastor these people. They’re not perfect. They are broken people, but I have jagged edges too. Nevertheless, we are traveling this road of faith together.

We are learning to be gracious to each another as we continue to conform to the image of Christ. I love them for their honesty. I love the fact they allow me to be honest with them. Of course, we still wear some fig leaves, but we’re learning and growing in our intimacy.

I know some deny the importance of church family, but I cannot imagine my life without my church. I am their undershepherd who cherishes having the smell of sheep on my clothes. If you’re a pastor, you understand. It is the most demanding occupation at times. However, it is one of the most rewarding challenges in my life.

My church family inspires me to be my best. Keeps me accountable. Encourages me. Challenges me. They do life together with me. I am grateful. West Green Baptist, if you’re reading this, I love walking this journey called life with you.

What about you? Where do you fellowship? I would like to hear from you. If you’re reading this and do not have a church home, would you consider West Green Baptist? We not perfect, but we’re growing together in Christ.

 

A Graciously Good Father

A Graciously Good Father

Listen (In Browser)

  1. God is good to the wayward child (vv. 12-24)

    1. God is good to the wayward by His generosity. (v.12)
    2. God is good to the wayward by His patience with them. (v. 12, 20).
    3. God is good to the repenting wayward child because of His compassion for them (v. 20-21)
    4. God demonstrates his goodness by graciously restoring the wayward son. (v. 22-24)
  2. God is good even to the self-righteous child. (v. 25-31)

    1. God is good to the self-righteous child by his generosity too. (vv. 12, 31)
    2. God is good to the self-righteous child because He offers compassion too. (v. 28)
    3. God is good to the self-righteous child by having patience too. (v. 31)
  3. Whether we admit it or not we are all wayward children.

This sermon originated from the pulpit of West Green Baptist Church in West Green, Georgia where Kevin Bounds serves as Senior Pastor. Did you enjoy the message? Let us know in the comment section below. Also, please feel free to like and share with friends and family.

3 Reasons to Attend Church (or Rather be the Church)

3 Reasons to Attend Church (or Rather be the Church)

And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works,  not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)

It may not shock you, but I think people should be in church. But why? I could readily resort to the saying, “The Lord said so.” However, I will give more of an explanation. Although there are many reasons to attend church, I will narrow the focus on three ideas found in Hebrews 10:24-25.

Reason #1 – Accountability to Others

The author of Hebrews states, “And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works…”  Accountability is key to living a fruitful Christian life. Without others to hold us culpable, we tend to fall into complacency.  The sad thing is we don’t recognize our worldly drift. We all have blind spots.

A spiritual gathering of the saints will keep us accountable. It aids us in seeing our shortcomings.   For example, has anyone ever pointed out a smudge on your face? It may make you uncomfortable at first, but you’re grateful for your friend pointing it out before it was a greater embarrassment. Church helps us be to stay focused by accountability.

Reason #2 – Encouragement of Fellowship

The biblical writer exhorts us to be “encouraging each other.” We all struggle. Often, our struggles hid under the mask of “I-got it-all-together.” Nevertheless, we grapple to stay afloat. Let’s be real. We all need a pat on the back or a kind word from time to time.

True Christian fellowship inspires and restores. It encourages us to keep pressing forward in faith. It restores a proper perspective of reality. The valleys we walk through are only temporary. Heaven is on the horizon. Genuine fellowship is truly divine!

Reason #3 – Jesus is Coming!

I believe this sums up everything. We should be busy provoking love, doing good deeds, and encouraging others because Christ is coming back. This is the hope we all have in Christ. We need the reminder that one day all wrongs will be right.

Of course, I could think of more reasons to gather together in Jesus’s name (Like the fact, Jesus promised to be in our assemblies.) However, I think these three will suffice for now. Where do you gather with the saints? Leave a reply in the comments below.

 

PS-

Ray, thanks for encouraging email. God bless!  😉

 


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Expelled: A Case for Excommunication in 1 Corinthian 5

Expelled: A Case for Excommunication in 1 Corinthian 5

  Should a person be expelled from a church communion? Often, in the minds of modernity, the word “excommunication” conjures up disparaging images of a bygone puritanical society ostracizing an individual for a simple mistake or even false allegations. The idea that an individual can be removed from their place of fellowship is downright repugnant for many. However, this paper intends to illustrate, the conjured imagery of black-robed clerical bullies ousting members does not do the biblical practice of excommunication justice. In fact, although there may be obvious abuses of power within church history, the motivation behind expulsion should be for the betterment of all that are involved. This was indeed the case in Paul’s handling of an unrepentant individual who had done the unthinkable in 1 Corinthians 5.  By examining the Apostle Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 5, it becomes apparent that church discipline, namely the excommunication of an unrepentant member, is not only biblical but necessary at times.

The Need for Discipline (5:1-2)

History of Immorality in Corinth

First, before addressing the extremely grievous situation found in 1 Corinthians 5, it is important for argument’s sake to paint the historical scene at Corinth. The ancient city of Corinth was known for its monumental temples, prosperous ports and also its rampant immorality. Corinth was Greco-Roman boomtown, where one could obtain great success in business and stoop to all-time lows with its excesses. Paul Weaver writes, “… there is one subject matter that was intensely problematic and for which the city was notoriously known. This was the issue of ‘immorality’ (1 Cor 5:1-12; 6:9-11; 6:12-20; 7:1-9; 10:6-8; 2 Cor 2:5-11; 12:12-21).”[1]  Indeed, in the Corinthian culture, there was a freedman mentality that desired to possess all the pleasures of the flesh, which was once unattainable. In Corinth, the sky was the limit economically, even if one was wallowing in the gutter of immorality.

In verse 1, Paul reveals this immoral behavior was present in the lives of some in the ecclesia.  Paul writes, “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you…” (KJV 1 Cor 5:1a).  French Arrington explains,

Many of the converts among the Corinthians had not made a final break with their old lifestyles. Christ had called them out of vice and sin, but those who had not made a clean break were slipping back into their old pagan ways. Word had circulated that fornication had crept into the church. In the New Testament the word fornication is used for unchastity and illicit sexual relations of all kinds.[2]

In fact, Paul’s concern for the fornication taking place at Corinth was not a new subject for the ears of the members of this ecclesia. Paul references at lost letter in verse 9 where he had previously addressed the issue of fornication and associations with the immoral. By these facts, it is clear the Corinthian culture, and the Christian worldview was on colliding paths. For the Christians at Corinth, they would need to abandon the history of immorality for a future of chastity. Even if it meant separation from those brethren caught in the indulgences of the flesh.

The Current Corinthian Crisis

First, although Paul addressed the issue of immorality in the past, the current situation in Corinth was even worse than in past incidences. Paul continues in writing in verse 1, “…and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife” (KJV 1 Cor 5:1). Paul is addressing a man marrying his step-mother in this verse. Arrington comments, “This is implied by Paul’s choice of words – ‘his father’s wife’ rather than ‘his mother’ (5:1).”[3]  Many scholars believe this relationship was, more than likely, instituted as a means to secure financial gains by not returning the great dowry given by the bride’s family. The return of these gifts in cases of the death of the husband or divorce were customary in Corinth. This marriage appears to be a contractual agreement to save face in the Corinthian culture.

Paul expresses unbelief in the acceptance of this marriage when he compares it to marriages among the Gentiles. The Jewish members of this congregation should have known that this type of relation was forbidden under Mosaic Law (Lev 18:8; Deut 22:30; 27:20). However, Derek McNamara states, “According to Roman law, it was illegal for a son to marry a step-mother (Gaius Inst. 1.63). However, Andrew Clarke suggests that as a tactic in preserving his deceased father’s estate this man married his step-mother.[4]” In short, not only were the Jewish congregants guilty but also the members from a pagan Roman background knew better too. No matter how the Corinthians wanted to spin this situation, it was simply unjustifiable.

Secondly, Paul gives a greater insight into the gravity of this incident in the Corinthian ecclesia. Paul pens, “And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you” (KJV 1 Cor 5:2). The Apostle Paul was baffled by the Corinthian congregation’s inaction. By keeping silent and not disciplining this gross offense the church had, in essence, endorsed this behavior. Weaver states,

They ought to have shown signs of great grief for this immoral behavior, and this sinning brother, but instead they chose not to act, and by not acting illustrated their great pride. It is probable in light of the instruction given in 6:12-13 that they had adopted the attitude that “everything is permissible.[5]

The offender and those around him were showboating this grave offense. As mentioned by Weaver, many have argued this was due to their misunderstanding of liberality in Christ. Albeit, this offender should have been removed from fellowship according to Paul.

Furthermore, scholars have posed that the Corinthians’ refusal to correct this offender may have been the result of the social status of the particular individual. Previously, the possibility was discussed that this marriage was arranged to retain wealth and status. If this is true, the offender was probably a well-to-do member with great influence over the ecclesia. It is possible the conventions of patronage and benefaction prevented the congregation from addressing this heinous sin. Nevertheless, the offender and congregation were unrepentant. This inaction provoked the Apostle Paul to issue an edict for excommunication.

The Case for Excommunication (5:3-9)

The Command to Remove Unrepentant Offender

            In Paul’s mind, the Corinthian ecclesia is taking on water, and if left unattended this deluge of immorality will spread to all compartments sealing the fate of the vessel. In verses 3 – 6, the Apostle reiterates the command of the Captain of his soul. He writes,

For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? (KJV 1 Cor 5:3-6).

The authority to expel an unrepentant member was given by Christ Himself (Matt 18:15-20). This passage is reminiscent of Christ’s teaching concerning the issue of church discipline in the Gospel of Matthew.  It appears Paul has in previous letters (and possible visits) has followed the prescription of Christ and now it is time for drastic measures. Paul commands the congregation to expel the unrepentant man from the fellowship.

Secondly, since the Corinthians hesitated to discipline this man because of his status, Paul employed a tactic to grasp their attention. Paul uses the conventions of patronage and benefaction to his advantage. McNamara writes, “In this case, the use of the apostle’s power is exercised in shaming his patron’s client who has engaged in an openly incestuous relationship. Paul is setting the example for the Corinthians as he shames the man who has shamed Jesus their super-patron.”[6] Paul was using the Corinthian culture and logic against them revealing the need for discipline. This rebellious man had brought shame to Christ. Being unrepentant, he was to be put to open shame in hopes of inducing genuine repentance.

Furthermore, it would be wrong not to address the problematic phrase “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh” (KJV 1 Cor 5:5).  There have been a plethora of interpretations, but Barth Campbell explains the most popular three understandings. He writes,

Most commentators opt for one of three understandings of Paul’s disciplinary sentence (paradounai to satana). (1) Some believe that the delivery to Satan will eventuate in a wasting physical illness suffered by the sinner. (2) Others believe the expulsion to lead to the destruction of the transgressor’s sinful nature. In either instance the repentance and ultimate salvation of the offender eventually ensue, even though Satan is the instrument of the effective discipline. (3) Still others regard the sentence pronounced by Paul to mean physical death at Satan’s hand. [7]

No matter which interpretation one espouses the result is the offender will be ultimately, “saved in the day of the Lord Jesus Christ.” Mario Philip writes, “The phrase, ‘in the day of the Lord’, implies that the salvation spoken of is of eschatological significance. The clause, ‘in order that the spirit be saved’, indicates both the purpose and result of handing over the offender to Satan.”[8] Although Paul wants this person ousted from the fellowship to keep its integrity, he is still genuinely concerned for this person’s eternal salvation.

Reasons for Removal and Old Testament Symbolism

Although it has already been mentioned that Paul wants to cut out this infection in the body of the ecclesia at Corinth in hopes of future reconciliation, in verses 5-8, Paul illustrates the urgency of excommunicating the unrepentant offender by linking it to practices in the Old Testament. The two symbols mentioned are leaven and Passover. These images depict the separation from sinful practices that God’s holiness demands. The first image is that of leaven. The second image is the Passover meal (pascha), which consisted of a lamb without spot or blemish. Dean O. Wenthe writes,

By linking this statement [pascha or Passover Lamb] to the “old leaven-lump” imagery, Paul certainly underscores the urgency of having the offending incestuous party dealt with and removed. In a word, the apostle brings out and rightly stresses the obedience dimension of the Passover state of affairs.[9]

For Paul, the judgment would quickly fall on the offender (and if not addressed the congregation too), much like the in the days of old. The unrepentant sinner must be removed for the sake of holiness.

Secondly, Paul’s allusion to the ecclesia being the Temple of God cannot be overstated (1 Cor 3:16, 17). Sean McDonough writes, “These same Corinthians have already been labeled the temple of God in 3:16, an image which is picked up again in 6:19, though in the latter case it may refer to the individual rather than the corporate body.”[10] This fact had to be in the minds of the original readers of this epistle. Brian Rosner explains, “An important motif of exclusion from the community in the OT and early Judaism is temple and holiness; sinners were excluded to maintain the sanctity of God’s temple.” All of the imageries mentioned above, which would have resounded in the Jewish member’s mind, reveal why in Paul’s mind the offender must be removed from the community. For Paul, the standard is still holiness unto the LORD.

Community and Culture (5:9-13)

            In this section, Paul must have assumed the next question drawn was how the Corinthians could be a separate and holy people while living amidst the filth of Corinthian culture. It is a fair question; how do these teachings affect relations with the outside world? In verses 9-13, Paul reveals the extent of church discipline. First, church discipline involves only members of the community. Paul writes, “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world” (KJV 1 Cor 5:9-10). The matter of dealing with sin is an internal ecclesial matter. The sinners outside the church were expected to act like unregenerate men, but it was not to be so among the brethren.

If one who claimed to be a Christian was living in open, flagrant sin, Paul tells the congregation to not fellowship with this individual. This may seem harsh, but Paul has the overall integrity of the fellowship in mind. Not to mention this action was to bring the erring person to repentance. Wayne A Meeks writes, “To shun the offender, especially at common meals – the Lord’s Supper and others – would be an effective way of letting him know that he no longer had access to that special fellowship indicated by the use of the term brother.”[11]

Secondly, church discipline involves all church members (v.11-13). Paul does not show respect of persons and states that all members, regardless of social standing, need to follow Christ’s commands for church discipline. If a person is unrepentant, the sanctity of the fellowship is in jeopardy if no disciplinary actions are taken.

Conclusion

            In conclusion, as one can see, a brief study of 1 Corinthians 5 reveals that excommunication is not only biblical but necessary. Although many churches may shy away because of the unpopularity of this practice, it is clear they are not following Christ’s protocol if there are unrepentant brethren in their ranks.  Later in 1 Corinthians, Paul writes, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (KJV 1 Cor 11:1). After examination of this passage in light of Christ’s command in Matthew 18, Paul was following Christ in the excommunication of this man. However, even in the act of excommunication, the motivation should be to bring the person to repentance, thus, restoring one to right fellowship with God.  Despite the atrocious applications throughout history, excommunication – if applied properly – is still a viable form of church discipline.


[1] Paul D. Weaver, “Ancient Corinth, Prostitution, and 1 Corinthians 5-7,” Journal Of Ministry & Theology 19, no. 1 (Spring2015 2015): 116-155, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 116.

[2] French L. Arrington, Divine Order in the Church, (Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 1998), 42.

[3] Ibid., 42.

[4]Derek Michael McNamara, “Shame the incestuous man: 1 Corinthians 5,” Neotestamentica 44, no. 2 (2010 2010): 307-326, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 307.

[5] Paul D. Weaver, “Ancient Corinth, Prostitution, and 1 Corinthians 5-7,” Journal Of Ministry & Theology 19, no. 1 (Spring2015 2015): 116-155, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 114.

[6] Derek Michael McNamara, “Shame the incestuous man: 1 Corinthians 5,” Neotestamentica 44, no. 2 (2010 2010): 307-326, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 314.

[7] Barth Lynn Campbell, “Flesh and Spirit in 1 Cor 5:5: An Exercise in Rhetorical Criticism of the NT,” Journal Of The Evangelical Theological Society 36, no. 3 (September 1993): 331-342, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 331-332.

[8] Mario Phillip, “Delivery into the Hands of Satan–A Church in Apostasy and not Knowing it: An Exegetical Analysis of 1 Corinthians 5:5.” Evangelical Review Of Theology 39, no. 1 (January 2015): 45-60, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016), 53.

[9] Dean O. Wenthe, “Exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 5:7b,” Springfielder 38, no. 2 (September 1974): 134-140, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost (accessed September 4, 2016).

[10] Sean M. McDonough, “Competent to judge: the Old Testament connection between 1 Corinthians 5 and 6,” The Journal Of Theological Studies 56, no. 1 (April 2005): 99-102, ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials, EBSCOhost(accessed September 4, 2016), 101.

[11] Wayne A. Meeks, First Urban Christians:The Social World of the Apostle Paul. n.p.: New Haven : Yale University Press, c1983., 1983, LEE UNIV’s Catalog, EBSCOhost (accessed October 8, 2016).


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