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Your Turn / Neglect, mental health, and resignation
« on: January 21, 2022, 06:46:28 PM »
Hello friends. I thought I would share some news and maybe spark some conversation, since this is a forum after all.

On Thursday Jan. 20th I resigned my call as pastor at Holy Trinity, Grandview MO. I did this because I have not been a good husband or father, and with that aspect of my life suffering, and that aspect spilling over to my pastoral vocation, something had to give.

After ignoring, neglecting, working halfheartedly at it, or just hoping it would magically disappear, I am also beginning intensive outpatient treatment to deal with depression and anxiety. I have not been well for a couple of years, and my wife continues to struggle with an eating disorder.

Either I was unable to see or was unwilling to deal with it, but now there isn't a choice.

I also think there is some burnout going on. Some things I very easily care about and get excited for, and some things I don't. It may not be to the extent of Joe Theisman or Alex Smith, but I think I broke my giveadamn and have been hobbling along. The Lord expects more; the church deserves better.

I know I am not alone. I know other pastors struggle with this.

I think I built on sand, rather than on rock. I put more emphasis on my identity as pastor, husband, father, etc, and those identities change. I'm not the same man my wife married, she's not the same woman. Our children have changed. What's the solid ground? My identity in Christ.

Over the years I have had difficulty processing pastoral grief. If I viewed myself as a Christian first, and kept my identity there, maybe I would not be at this position right now?

Thanks for reading.  Jeremy

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Your Turn / Thrice holy fount, thrice holy fire
« on: June 14, 2021, 09:56:40 PM »
Hello friends. Yesterday we sang "Creator Spirit, by Whose Aid". It's a wonderful hymn. It includes the words of the title of this thread. What do they mean?

I think I get the thrice holy fire- burning bush, coal taken from the altar in heaven that purifies Isaiah, and Pentecost. But I don't think I know the thrice holy fount. Any guesses or answers?

Thanks. Jeremy

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Your Turn / Lutheran ethnic origins
« on: November 26, 2020, 11:11:50 AM »
Hello friends. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

A church member has asked about the ethnic origins of Lutherans in America. I believe I have a cursory understanding of it. But I have some blank spaces to fill in. Thought I would ask you. And this is all "generally" or "mostly".

LCA - Swedish
ALC - Norwegian
ELS - "Little Norwegians"
LCMS - German
Suomi- Finnish

What about the ULCA? Augustana? Buffalo Synod? Others

Just a curiosity. Thanks for any answers or corrections.

Jeremy

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Your Turn / Who said it?
« on: June 02, 2020, 06:57:30 PM »
Who said the following..."The Gospel assumed is the Gospel denied." Robert Preus? Any help? Thanks.

Jeremy

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