Apostle at my door

Isaiah 58:1-12
1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Psalm 112:1-10
Matthew 5:13-20

You are salt to the world. And if salt becomes tasteless, how is its saltiness to be restored? It is good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden underfoot.

I guess I have to blame it all on Robert Duvall. The Apostle had just come out on video and I watched it late one evening. Duvall's portrayal of the scoundrel/saint giving his whole salty self to a calling from God had me questioning the somewhat comfortable nature of my pastoral ministry. So when a stranger showed up on the doorstep of the parsonage two days later, announcing meekly that he was here on a mission from God, my guard was down. "Come on in, would you like some coffee?" I mumbled in as noncommittal a way as I could manage.

 

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