Dear Pastor Whoever….
I wrote a novel a while ago that might interest you. Pulpit Power startedoff with random thoughts swirling freely in my upstairs about a plumberand a pastor, about a pretty good church baseball team, a suicidalex-marine, a cranky elder and an ancient pulpit. To my surprise I felt theLord instructing me to organize these haphazard thoughts into a novel.Like Really? thinketh I. Does the Lord actually like novels? Could be.He did speak in parables.
The story begins with Reuben Tanner, a friendly and well-respectedplumber, timidly asking Pastor Mac for permission to use the pulpit togive a message to the congregation. He claims to have a word from LordJesus to the people. This simple request is the beginning of a majordisturbance for sedate Bread of Life Assembly. It may sound like asluggish storyline, but tell me…
Tell me, Pastor Whoever, how would you respond to someone asking togive what he believes to be a message from Jesus Christ? Your initialreaction might be to flatly deny him. But on what grounds? How can youjustify speaking from the pulpit hundreds (thousands?) of times and yetdeny him one occasion? What Scripture verse forbids him to speak? Andsuppose he really did have a message from Jesus? You would be denyingthe very “King of kings”. But, but but…. if you say yes, doesn’t that opena scary door? How can you say yes to one laymen but no to all others?
You might wonder what a plumber could say to the people that youhaven’t said a dozen times already. You offer to simply relay his messageto the congregation on his behalf, but the plumber won’t have none ofthat. What to do?…. what to do?…. what to do?
I can only tell you what Pastor Mac did. Second thought, maybe I won’t.You can read it yourself, available at www.larryjones.ca
Many blessings on you and your congregation,