I read a heartbreaking article in Christian Today about Pastor Teddy Parker. How he had tragically killed himself with a "self-inflicted gunshot wound" this past Sunday. It breaks my heart to see a fellow pastor think that death is the only way out of whatever they are facing. According to pastorburnout.com, quoting a New York Times story from 2010, "Members of the clergy now suffer from obesity, hypertension and depression at rates higher than most Americans. In the last decade, their use of antidepressants has risen, while their life expectancy has fallen. Many would change jobs if they could." It goes on to say that 13% of pastors are divorced; 25% don't know where to turn for help when dealing with a personal conflict; 33% feel burned out within the first five years; 33% say that the ministry is a hazard to their family life; 45% say that they've experienced depression or burnout severe enough to make them need time away from the job; and 5
Today is Mothers Day. On this day: More people purchase fresh flowers and plants for Mother's Day than for any other holiday except Christmas/Hanukkah. In 2019, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that US consumers will spend $25 billion celebrating Mother's Day. Shoppers will spend an average of $196.00 on Mom. According to the Insure.com 2018 Mother's Day Index, the various tasks moms perform at home would be worth $68,875 (up from $67,619 in 2017) a year in the professional world. https://www.cnn.com/2013/09/06/us/mothers-day-fast-facts/index.html Motherhood is God's idea, and He had a great idea! He created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and said in Genesis 1:28, "... And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply... " They had kids, their kids had kids, and the rest is history. But where did Eve learn how to be a mom? She didn't have one, remember? I can only surmise, but I think these are good
If you don't know, Pastor of Calvary Chapel, Ft. Lauderdale, Bob Coy, has confessed to church leadership of his moral failures and has subsequently resigned. What these moral failures were, and when they happened, isn't and shouldn't be speculated on. Bottom line, it's really none of our business. Sin has happened. So now what? Well, we can fall in line with all the cynics and point our fingers shouting, "See! See! I told you, you can't trust them! All megachurch pastors are bad! All they want is your money! They don't care about you! They don't answer to anyone!" We could lump all ministers into the same category and make them pay for the mistakes of others. Judge them as immoral, criminal or even hypocrites. We could look up to heaven and tell Jesus, "I love you - but I'm not going to church because it's corrupt and can't be trusted." I STRONGLY suggest that you do none of that.