Multiple choice questions – Few choice answers

19 Aug

My mind is filled with questions these days. Some are asked by other people, some I ask myself. Some come from firsthand experience, some from observing others. Some are life altering issues, others are trivial and lightweight. Some are hair-raising, others are hair-pulling. What ties them all together is my inability to decide how to respond. I have a hard time just understanding the question, let alone choosing an appropriate answer.

1. Why do people sleep when I preach?

  • They work nights, and are normally in bed at this time
  • They have health/age issues which make them susceptible to dozing off
  • The room is too warm
  • They work so hard during the week that when they stop and sit, they doze off
  • They are apathetic about God and spiritual things
  • Spiritual warfare is at work; it’s a battle
  • The preacher (me) is boring

2. How should I react/respond when someone criticizes a program or activity held at church?

  • The complaint is legitimate
  • The complaint smacks of legalism
  • This is a weaker brother/sister we should accommodate
  • This is a legalist we should confront
  • Don’t worry about it; some people are merely cranky and never satisfied

3. How should I respond when given the opportunity to minister in another church or country?

  • Consider the opportunity
  • See it as God’s direction and leading
  • Treat it as a distraction and ignore it

4. Why is my hair falling out? & What do I do about it?

  • It’s an auto-immune reaction to an illness
  • It’s a reaction to stress
  • All of the above
  • Quit my job and move to Tahiti
  • Find a stress free life (yeah, right)
  • See a doctor
  • Live with it
  • Wonder if I will have any left
  • Shave my head
  • Memorize 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

5. Observations about how churches conduct a search for a new pastor

  • Why does each church do it differently?
  • Why don’t churches communicate with prospective candidates?
  • Why does it take so long?
  • Considering how search committees operate, why is the church still in business?

6. Questions about churches

  • Why do people/churches constantly drift towards comfort and complacency?
  • Why does one ministry or program work in one church but not another?
  • Why can your efforts and prayers be consistent, and yet your fruit and results vary from day to day?
  • How can you do a “soil analysis” of your church or ministry context?

7. Me, Me, Me!

  • Will my balance ever return to normal?
  • Why is Scripture memory so hard?
  • Will I ever dunk a basketball?
  • How can my prayers be more effective?
  • How can I encourage my wife and children?
  • How can I be more effective in preaching? leading? equipping?
  • How can I accomplish God’s purpose in my generation (Acts 13:36)?

After all that thinking, it’s time for a nap.


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