Church | Complain | Criticism | Ministry | Peace

Did you ever feel, as a pastor, that your life could be described as “Life in the Piranha Bowl.” As John Killinger puts it in Christ in the Seasons of Ministry (Word): “Life in the piranha bowl. People always taking little pieces of you. A little bit here and a little bit there. Pretty soon there’s nothing left of you but a stain in the water. You want to say “Send them away.”” John says: “My wife, bless her, knows how to do it. We had been in our new pastorate ten months when a dear lady, well meaning, called up to speak of another lady, not so well meaning, who was bad-mouthing the pastor because he had not yet called on her mother (Actually he had, and the poor lady in her senility could never remember it). ‘Tell her to phone me,’ said my wife. ‘There are two things I would like to say to her. First, John…

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