A lot of times I hate it when people find out I am a preacher. I have found that the greatest minister is also the greatest servant. When I was a Quaker Pastor in Tennessee, I was a little unusual. If your yard needed mowing, I mowed it. If your garden needed tilling, I tilled it. If you needed the digging of a hole, I dug it. When it snowed; I brought the Seniors, milk, eggs and bread to their homes and checked on them, to make sure they were OK, when it was hard for them to get out..
As the Preacher, I also mowed the 6 acres around the church property, taught karate classes in the basement and became best friends and hunted with a true mountain man, in the church. When I went fishing, it was with a good Senior friend with emphysema, who needed me to carry the gear, so he could go himself. Yep, I was a hard working; down to earth preacher.
The sign on the church said “Friendsville Friends Meeting.” And I liked that. Because that is exactly what I did there. I was a friend to God and my fellow man. And I taught others how to be a friend of God and their fellow man.
ROFL. I just looked up the term “Rough Preacher” on the Google Images and guess who’s picture pop’s up on the first page. Yep. You guessed it. Mine. 🙂
- “Slam” = The Rough Preacher
So for me, Then and now, I would rather be known as a good man, than a religious Goodie-Two shoes. Here are some reasons that I am uncomfortable with the Preacher tag.
I am really rough around the edges and don’t act like a straight laced Preacher type. “Slam” is a nickname first given me by Steve Gutzler and it really does fit.
I really don’t like it when people put on airs, because I am real & I like real. I can’t stand phony and think Preachers ought to be the most down to earth people you ever meet; not white collar prima donnas.
I may have studied a little more and hopefully pray a little more than most But I earnestly believe that we all have equal access and responsibility before God. [This is a big thing, for Quaker’s].
4– I am just an average guy at heart, no better, no worse. If I have any spiritual secrets; they are not because I am some super sanctimonious, pious, liturgical bore. The only reason I may have some spiritual secrets is because I really do spend a lot (and I mean a lot! of time seeking God!)