thread: 2006-08-31 : I think my expectations are screwed

On 2006-09-01, Joel Shempert wrote:

Jim: My Dad was one such pastor. Got totally run out on a rail, and totally by a vocal minority. By means of manipulating his peculiar convictions regarding the weight placed on Deacon borad decisions. Ugly stuff. In fact, it turned out this sweet li'l country church had a loooong history of ousting pastors over trivial reasons on about a 30year average. So we felt pretty good about beating the odds at 9 years.

Well, OK, I didn't feel good. My fifteen-year-old world was crumbling around me as I learned that the sweet, kind, upright folks I admired were a nest of backstabbing powermongers. But, y'know, it's kind of nice in retrospect.

Vincent: A very, very nice last conversation. Far better than mine with MY dad, which was heated, theological, and bitter.

I don't really know why I mention any of this, except I guess empathy and venting.


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