I'm Just Saying

Dr. Paul Perkins

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For an author writing is as necessary as breathing. They don't write for money or to court literary fame, but because they believe they have something to say. It matters not that anyone will read or listen, the words must be written, and if in the process someone is blessed -- all the more wonderful

Dr. Perkins has written for a long time, but only recently has sought to publish his work and venture into new genres. He believes in education, finally earning his doctorate at the age of 55. He believes that learning never ends, giving fodder to the imagination and breathing life into the characters on his page. His hope is to continue telling stories for a new generation of readers and aspiring authors.

Dr. Perkins' first novel is "Centurion: From glory to glory", but is not his first book. He has written "Legacy to my sons", "The Lost Shepherd", "The prayer of a transformed life", "The Cost", and a verity of Christian Youth Devotionals. 

Why I Hate Church: Part Ten

           When I left Manitowoc I believed it was the best thing for the church.  The constant strife between the elders and me was not healthy for the church or for my family.  I believed that God was calling me to an associate position where I could focus my strengths in small groups and discipleship.  Through a series of events my wife and I found ourselves in Houston, Texas.  The church seemed to be a growing and thriving fellowship where the small group ministry was multiplying quickly; or so I thought.

            There were five full time pastors, a full time facilities manager, a part time junior high pastor, a part time counselor, a bookkeeper, and two part time secretaries.  I knew things were not as they appeared when one of my first lengthy conversations with the Senior Pastor had to do with the ousting the Worship Pastor.  What lay beneath the surface was an ever growing division between long standing members, who were represented by the worship pastor, and the new people who joined under the ministry of the Senior Pastor.  I was in the middle.

            The staff was divided as well.  There were those like me who were brought in by the Senior Pastor, and those who were long standing members like the Worship Pastor.  The growing chasm resulted in a show down when the Senior Pastor announced a shift in his eschatology.  Those who wanted him gone swooped in and capitalized on the issue because it was a departure from the denominations theological position.  Though I didn’t agree with his new position it didn’t affect the gospel.  He hadn’t committed a moral sin, and his ministry had produced new believers.  In the end it came down to his ability to hold the church together.

            When they asked him to resign it tore the church a part.  Half the church left, and a church that sustained eleven pastors and staff was now forced to reduce it by eight.  And though I had warned them of the necessity of getting their financial house in order the Elders made some short sighted decisions that sped up the need to let eight of us go.  They let everyone go but the Worship Pastor, the Counselor, and the children’s pastor.  Eventually they hired a new Senior Pastor who came in and let the counselor and the Worship Pastor go to bring in his own people.

            To say the least it turned my world upside down.  I went through a sever depression and wondered if I could ever be in ministry again.  I pursued my doctorate thinking that maybe God would lead me into another venue.

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and strife and disputes about the Law, for they are unprofitable and worthless.

Why can’t we avoid the foolishness of our selfish ambition?  I Hate Church because it turns leaders of good will against one another for reasons other than the gospel.  I’m just saying… (Continued).