First, a story…
Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there lived and breathed a race of men unmatched in all of pastoral history. These men were the mighty men of the Redneck Pastors. Much like the Jedi of old, these men were scattered – by schedule and circumstance – throughout the universe. Left to fend for themselves, they very rarely managed to congregate for jollity and mutual encouragement. The northernmost participant in this noble race is one Roger Blackmore, in the far reaches of civilization, otherwise known as LawnGUY-land.
OK, why am I thanking Roger today? Because he’s perfected the art of the gut-punch, along with Andy Stanley. Don’t believe me? Well, you can see for yourself. Twice.
(Warning: If you’re a self-satisfied, excuse-making, status-quo-loving pastor, serving in a self-satisfied, excuse-making, status-quo-loving church, go ahead and brace your abs…your gut punch is coming.)