Woe To Those Who Call Evil Good, And Those Who Don’t Fear Schism

Pope Francis said in a recent interview that he “doesn’t fear Schism in the Church”, as criticism rages against the apparent permission for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion, among other social and political issues. The potential schismatics, according to the cited article and others would be the so called politically and socially conservative Catholics, otherwise known as the “Rigid Ones”.

Unfortunately, we live in a society and culture that is increasingly marked by personal isolation, subsequent mental issues, as well as the prevalence of the broken family. No-fault divorce is not in the slightest taboo anymore, while mixed and alternative families are heralded as supreme beauty. Divergence and deviancy is celebrated in the public square. Any position that opposes tradition is identified to be bold and courageous. All this while those that attempt to look too or honor tradition are quickly identified as “Rigid”.

The language that precedes a split/separation/schism is of interest to me. The name calling and rhetoric can generally tell the observer the intent or lack of empathy of those calling the names. The “Rigid” ones it seems, have already been scapegoated as the cause of any potential coming split. It seems the writing is already on the wall. This is a tragedy.

I have worked in various ministry settings and with people in general my entire adult life. I for one, do not like schism in any form. I don’t like divorce, I don’t like parents and children estranged, I don’t like broken friendships, I don’t like senseless separation. I don’t like church splits.

Having grown up Evangelical/Pentecostal, I learned early on about church splits, one of many manifestations of our broken religiosity and societal fabric. Separation and schism is never cause for celebration, but a great reason for mourning.

I’m not saying separation is never warranted, but I say it should be dreaded. Our Lord prayed that we would all be one, just as He and the Father are One. Anything other than that should be cause for sadness.

Five Simple Things Any Small Church Pastor Can Do To Reach His Community and Evangelize

Pastoring is one of the most difficult jobs in our society for a host of reasons which any readers of this will be well aware of. Many Pastors of small congregations feel the pressure to grow and evangelize, but aren’t sure where to start with limited resources. I’m going to give you FIVE of the things I did that not only grew my congregation, but reached the community, added tangible real ministries and value to the small congregation, and resulted in a financial solubility.

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An Immigrant Separated From His Children; My Family’s Story

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Henry Rueben Caffell was seperated from his children for nine agonizing months. After serving in the British Army during World War II, he made the decision to get his wife and children a life “away from Europe’s wars” across the Atlantic in America. But how does one make such a journey with limited resources?

He made the difficult decision to separate from his family to come to America first, crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth to get a job in a new country and then save up money to bring his family. He did all this while working through an immigration system that was new and difficult to understand.

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