“Voices From The Last Pew”

I’ve been thinking for some time now about adding a new graphic strip, one that is more on the serious side and shares maybe something different.

There is a great variety of Christian blogs on WordPress, and I’m unsure exactly where this one fits. (Then again, that shouldn’t be anything new for a guy who has felt out of place most of his life! A guy who has been and maybe still is both “Church Insider” and “Church Outsider”!)

The past few months have given me a chance to read a good number of posts here and to see a little better what’s happening in the world. So I’ve wanted to add something new that will reflect what I’m seeing.

There is a great deal of hurt going on and many people struggling to recover from past wounds. It’s something with which I feel a desire to help by hopefully binding up wounds even though I did not cause them.

Hurt and abuse that is done to us or that we do to ourselves are serious topics. I’ve been preparing a new graphic strip tentatively titled “Voices From The Last Pew.” It will hopefully offer some insights into adults struggling with big hurts and big questions since many times hurting children grow up to be hurting adults.

The “Last Pew” can refer to either “the last pew at the back of the sanctuary closest to the exit door” or “the last pew a person will ever sit in before giving up completely.” This last reference is particularly important for those of us who believe that we should never knowingly shut anyone out.

The initial perspective will be along the lines of “This is what the church is saying to the ‘Church Insider’ but this is what the ‘Church Outsider’ is hearing.”

I must be honest and say that I have no real 100% guaranteed answers, but I do believe that it is so very important to acknowledge, just acknowledge, that life experiences can effect how we hear God’s Word.

Ultimately, I believe, God’s Word Made Flesh, Jesus Christ, speaks the answers that heal and restore.

The first posting for “Voices From The Last Pew” should appear tomorrow and will deal with “Forgiveness” and the question “How can you ever forgive someone who has wounded you so very deeply?” Again, no real 100% guaranteed answers because I’m not offering “Miraculous Multiplying American Christian Apple Pie” here! Hopefully this will open some hearts however!

21 thoughts on ““Voices From The Last Pew”

    1. Great! Thanks for the tip! I will check them out!

      I must admit (though it really may be obvious) that I am still sort of finding my “voice” here. I know it’s not a “Scholarly Voice”! But really that’s okay. I’m cool with that.

      My greatest hope is that someone who wouldn’t necessarily turn to a “traditional” Christian website might just look at these graphics and comic strips and say, “maybe it’s worth a look.”

      Finding your audience is so very important! Which you’ve prayed about recently too! (Thanks for not “kicking” me out because I’m a guy!)

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  1. I have been in ministry for 20 years and I have never felt like part of the group – I just hope I can make a contribution to the group like you are. It’s better to make a difference and advance the growth of those seek a relationship with God than to fit in with those who have become so set in there ways that they won’t interact with those in the last pew.

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    1. Thanks so much! And listen, when you’re ready to collaborate on “Laser Eyes Jesus – The Musical” just let me know! (Seriously!) There is a plot line, much to my surprise, that is working it’s way through slowly. I have actually grown quite fond of Laser Eyes Jesus. He is in many respects “an everyday guy doing the best he can with what he has to guide and protect the ones he loves.”

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  2. This is a great idea! Oh how I remember some of those “voices” rumbling around in my head as I sat there on a pew…very near the back…and waited to get through the 21st verse of “Just as I Am” during the interminable alter call!

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    1. Thanks! I can so relate to that! I remember quite clearly a time or two when I’ve said to myself, “This is absolutely the last pew I ever sit in for the rest of my life.” (And then of course someone had to go and die and the family would decide to have a church funeral rather than a funeral home funeral or graveside service!)

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  3. I REALLY think you do this, as I have a lot of hurt in my past. I was apart from the Lord for twenty years because of that hurt. People need to know that they can come home, that there is always a place for them, even one for me. PLEASE do this!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouragement. It truly means a lot to me.

      What had started with just one little comic strip named “Laser Eyes Jesus” has grown so much in such a short time. I honestly thought I’d just do a dozen or so posts and that would be the end of that, got it out of my system and all that, and then I’d move on to something different.

      I really didn’t think I’d be reading a lot of other posts, just sort of say what I wanted to say and then move on…but as I’ve gotten to know people here like you, I’m finding that has changed in a big way.

      In reading what people are sharing, I want to make a difference for the better. There’s so much pain, and I’m not always seeing openness and compassion in the church.

      “All are welcome” really does need to be more than a feel-good-about-ourselves slogan that we display on a banner to make us feel good about ourselves while our words and attitude are saying the exact opposite.

      Thanks again, and seriously, if you think I miss the mark, let me know. I trust your opinion and value your feedback.

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  4. This sounds like an awesome series! I like that you’re taking an approach that so many people don’t and addressing a very difficult subject. I pray that you receive the wisdom you need for handling this topic. Suicide is such a huge issue and no one seems to want to talk about it.

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    1. Thanks, Mikey. I really appreciate that. I have to say of everything that I post here, this is probably the most emotionally draining. Mainly because I want to get the words right so that the Holy Spirit can use the words to reach whoever needs to be reached. There are a lot of edits before pushing the “Publish” button!

      (My words are not always the best. It’s sort of like I want people to know that I can relate to what they may be going through, but at the same time I don’t want it to be all about me.)

      Anyway, thanks again for your encouragement. It really means a great deal to me!

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  5. Perhaps some sit in the last pew as they are too nervous to come close to find the wonderful love of the Saviour They need someone to gently lead them forward. I am looking forward to the great way you embrace topics.

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