I am back to the blog after a three week hiatus.  I hope you’re still here!

Thank you so much for being nice to my guest bloggers.  I really appreciated them.

So, I’m back home after a week of sweating in Mexico.  What happened over those few days?  A lot of work, and a lot of sweating among communities of poor okra farmers.  I played and prayed with a lot of children who accepted the gospel.  I played soccer like a total gringo and got schooled by eight-year-olds.  And I did a lot of grunt work.  And while our silly matching T-shirts didn’t spontaneously catch fire as Jamie the VWM had wished for, a lot of things did…and did not happen.

Keep reading to find out just what I learned under the searing Mexico sun.

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The Very Worst Pastor

July 22, 2011

Today marks the final day on the blog that I’ll be absent while in Mexico!

And guess what? Today, there is no “Best of the Blog” post. I’m not featuring a guest blogger. Because the guest blogger is me. I’m just not…here. I’m over at Jamie the Very Worst Missionary’s blog.

There was one question that kept coming into my mind as I tried to decide what to write for the Very Worst Missionary…

What’s it like to be the very worst at something?

No one ever sets out to be the very worst.

We all want to the best at whatever we try to do. And if we can’t be the best, then we want to at least be decent. And if not decent, then at least not embarrassing. And even if we embarrass ourselves, we hope there’s still someone even worse than us, so we aren’t the very worst. Everyone needs some poor sap nearby so we can say, “At least I’m not as bad / uncoordinated / stupid / ugly as that guy.”

It turns out, I’m the very worst at quite a few things. But you’ll have to go to Jamie’s blog to find out! I’ll see you right back here on Monday. Cheers!

While I’m on vacation and then on a mission trip to Mexico, I’m treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting off and on, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

“Hey Matt, are you Reformed?”

Pretty often, I get asked about whether I’m a Calvinist, or an Arminian or Reformed or something else.  Or someone will want to talk about Luther or Augustine or some other really really dead guy.

And when asked if I’m a Calvinist or whatever, my answer is usually the same.

“I don’t know.”

To most people, that’s about the worst answer I can give, especially as someone who actually went to seminary.  A lot of people expect me to be thoroughly read up on what a bunch of dead guys thought about theology.  But I find myself balking at these conversations more and more, for a lot of reasons.  Maybe you’re a theology buff, or a total noob, or a contientious objector.  Let’s find out…

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Okay, I’m off to Mexico.  During the final week of my absence, I’m still treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting as I’m able, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

I’m really excited about today’s guest.  She’s the whole reason I’m in Mexico today: Jamie the Very Worst Missionary.  Jamie’s a missionary in Costa Rica, and when she broke from her delightfully cynical attitude to feature Seth Barnes, founder of Adventures in Missions, it lit a fire under my butt.

When I asked her to guest post, little did I know that she’d write about how she had been praying for me…to have a disastrous mission trip.  Good ol’ Jamie.

If you don’t read her blog, you either don’t know about it, or you are an idiot.  Sorry, that’s just the way it is.  Here’s Jamie…

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Hey everyone!  I’m back for a one day intermission in my absence from the blog.

So as I wash my clothes and repack them to prepare to leave town for another week, I’ve got thoughts bursting out of my ears.  Here’s a little bit of what’s going on in my head, from my time out of town, to my realization that I’m a Christianity drop-out.  I can’t wait to get back and start blogging again.

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While I’m on vacation and then on a mission trip to Mexico, I’m treating you to some exceptional guest bloggers and reposting some of my best content from the last year.  I’ll be tweeting and commenting off and on, but will be back full time on the blog July 25th.

Update: I’ll be back on Friday with a fresh post before I leave for Mexico.

Have you noticed all the Christians apologizing for the church?

I have.  It’s kind of the thing to do.  We assume everyone out there has been hurt, wronged, isolated, burned or ostracized by the church.  It’s almost the battle cry of my generation.  “We’ve been emotionally wounded by the church!” Ever since Donald Miller made it popular, some Christians just can’t resist telling everyone what jerks we’ve all been.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s some things to apologize for.

But when you stack up all the apologies, it makes you think that maybe the church is just an agent for pure evil. It’s almost like we’re inviting people to say, “Christians suck and I demand an apology!” I’m not here to apologize or take back apologies.  If anyone should be pissed off at the church, it’s me.  I’m here to ask why does it happen?  Why does the relationship people are supposed to have with the church break down?

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