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animator, illustrator, character designer, graphic designer. music producer/recording musician. co-owner of PROOST. proost.co.uk
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  1. Carole says:

    Hahaha! He just reminds me of my Phil! We need T-shirts…first frame on the front and punchline on the back…I’ve told you :-)

  2. Catriona says:

    LOL lots and lots.

    But cutting the grass? Nah. I’d rather follow the call any day!!

    Or is that the point I’m missing – anything feels attractive compared to following the call.

  3. Hazel says:

    Absolutely brilliant!

  4. becky says:

    Been there, done that, doing this now. :)

  5. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt!

  6. Caroline TOO says:

    rather raises the question as to whether I’d be happy to be ‘sent’ to mow the lawn!

  7. janetp says:

    Nancy @ 5: “got the T-shirt” – really? Where, then we can all have one :)

  8. Carole says:

    Good point, Caroline TOO!

  9. miriworm says:

    Luke 9:62

  10. rkalal says:

    We had to hire that out recently. Too hot!

  11. I third Caroline TOO’s! point, although I am just as bad as mowing the lawn as I am as being a ‘good’ Christian.

    I like to think as myself as ‘one’ being sent but gone AWOL.

  12. soniamain says:

    but what is the call?

  13. Carole says:

    Lol@Dennis! You’ve got it in a nutshell there! AWOL or taking the scenic route or checking my Facebook or just stopped for a coffee… :lol:

  14. Catriona says:

    Caroline TOO you are so right. Oh dear, if that call comes I might find I like hoovering afterall…

  15. rockingrev says:

    It reminds me of when Jesus told the guy to follow him and he wanted to bury his father. Jesus told him to leaqve the dead to bury the dead, yet with so many unions and readjustments in the church and parishes getting bigger, more and more of a minister’s time is spent doing funerals – often for people with no church connection. Same with weddings. A minister can spend half his Saturdays doing weddings, just because the church looks nice and they need a warm body to perform the service. At what point just the church implode because ministers are so busy that they have not time for discipling members and actually being about the kingdom? Sorry rant over!

  16. subo says:

    for me it’s that sense of disempowerment, of not having a clue how anything supposed to be done. it clings to me like a shroud- (let the dead bury their own), and get reinforcements every time i get discouraged or dissuaded about doing anything. sometimes churches have been the most crushing things to belong too – there’s always someone ready to splash cold water at an idea i put forward

  17. JohnnyontheSpot says:


    “there‚Äôs always someone ready to splash cold water at an idea i put forward”

    The same with anything where two or more humans try to put their ideas together.

    The key is to keep trying and learning from the constructive criticisms (and praise) of others.
    The same advice holds for growing in one’s faith.

  18. linus says:

    @ Jon: GREAT cartoon.

    @ Dennis. Love it. I know how easy it is to start off with great intentions and then get distracted right in the mi

    I think my response is more: “well you could send me, but would you really want to, and i’m not sure i could wholeheartedly recommend you anyway, and wouldn’t my life be a really bad advert for following you and… er… hello? are you still there? Are you there at all… er…”

    @ subo. Ouch, thats really tough. I am really sorry that you have been crushed like that. God’s heart is to restore you, not crush you. Are the cold water dispensers in positions of authority that stop you doing stuff, or is it the discouragement that stops you?

    @Rockingrev. I am a bit confused. I get that endless weddings and funerals must be hard going, especially when people don’t seem to comprehend that church is anything more than a ritual, but isn’t ministering to the unreligious people actually what ‘the kingdom’ is all about? Can you explain a bit more because i think that, not being a minister myself, i don’t really understand your frustration.

  19. Jan says:


    I think (and I could be wrong) that the Rev o’ Rock is bemoaning the fact that so many churches are focused on funerals and weddings and other such events that the ministers don’t have as much time to engage in community building, or teaching people about the faith, or even spending time in quiet prayer with one’s brethren.

    I sympathize. My local church was small and unassuming (about 90 people or so), until we suddenly got flooded with new neighbors and converts(now our numbers are in four digit territory).

    My pastor (God bless his heart) is so busy working all the sacraments and various events we have going on, that he seems visibly exhausted when he’s away from the pulpit and isn’t able to focus on the ‘kingdom building’ aspects I listed above.

    Fortunately, we are training new ministers and soon (or so I pray) we will be able to better handle our great and blessed growth.

  20. rockingrev says:

    Linus, My frustration is not so much with funerals although that can be quite bad. I had one recently where the family did not want hymns and when they asked how long it was going to take asked me to cut out some prayers as half an hour was too long to say goodbye to their own father! Usually I do get a chance ot at least minister ot bereaved families and it has been one of our areas leading to greatest growth of late. Weddings however are a different matter. They just want the pretty building and the romance of a white wedding. The faith aspect is swept under the carpet. I always spend quite a bit of time with couples doing premarital counselling and I even had a bride tell me she did not have time for this nonsense as she had so much preparation to do. I then pointed out that the wedding and reception would last maybe 10 hours, I was talking about the next 60 years of their lives, which was it more important to get right! The superficiality of weddings is the main frustration. Yes, I want to reach people where they are, but in the run up to a wedding you very rarely reach people at all.

  21. linus says:

    That’s cool. All jobs can be wearying and all have their frustrations and thankless busyness. I don’t envy you at all.

    Jan: wow that must be a pretty crazy ride at the moment. Sabbath is a really important thing and i hope your pastor can get some rest. Its important your church doesn’t fall into the trap of expecting one leader to do everything – people in the pews need to take some responsibility too.

    RR, it is really sad to hear your story about the funeral. I hope that the family did manage to grieve in other ways than a formal service, but it sounds like they gave you the impression of just not caring, which is terrible. My heart goes out to that family if they are so broken as to think they don’t care about their Dad dying. They need our prayers and compassion.

    Yes you’re right, the marriage is so much more important than the wedding. It must be tough to watch people getting in to something they don’t realise the significance of. I guess in instances where people live together already, they feel they have already made a big commitment to one another and so the wedding day being a promise of commitment, or marriage being a new life stage to prepare for is less where they’re at. I think lots of people see marriage/a wedding day as a seal or re-affirmation or celebration of a commitment that has already been made.

    I was at a wedding recently and the vicar’s address – which was described to me as a “nothing sermon” by one person – really interested me. He didn’t really preach at all, but he did say (can’t remember it verbatim, but along the lines of) that as long as that church community was there, this couple would be welcome, and would be prayed for and would always have somewhere to turn to in difficult times. I think when the shit hits the fan thats gonna count for more than some homily on 1 cor 13 (much as i love that passage) that might go in one ear and out the other.

    Even if people show no interest now, if you can offer them a promise that they will be welcomed and cared for and cared about in their moments of crisis then i think you have genuinely served them and expressed the kingdom to them.

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