Matthew 23:2-3

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat;
therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach.”

Confession.

I am the guy Jesus is talking about in these two verses.

Take a look at the picture of me on the right of this page. Yeah, the one of me in the long, pretty white robe, with a white stole to complete the look. Quite the picture of a minister. Look at that picture and read the rest of Matthew 23. I don’t mind…it’s true.

I am a lousy minister. If you are looking for a comfortable, totally stable, completely reliable, the very image of the man of God…I am not that guy. I have issues. I have bipolar disorder. I make mistakes, say things I regret, and generally make for a poor example of what a minister is perceived to be.

Never trust a minister because he or she wears nice robes. Don’t rely on me because I put Rev at the beginning of my name. Don’t place your faith in any person, church, denomination, or any other system.

Instead, place your faith on that which is steady in times of trouble, simple in way of life, and certain…but not dogmatic.

I’m going to inevitably let you down. It seems as though ministers are placed on pedestals by people, pedestals that in reality, do not exist. Then, when we let people down, we are cast down from our pedestals and wounded in the fall.

I was wounded long before I was cast down.

And will continue to be…healing.

May I join you in the journey?