Wednesday, August 15, 2012
10. Hello? This connection’s pretty bad // I can’t hear you very well // I want to meet me where? // Let me call you from a landline // Are you there?
9. Odd-behaving squirrel // You may be rabid
8. There was Portman, Daniels, Christie, Pawlenty // For the VP run // We had Rubio, Santorum, Demint and Condoleezza // They’d all be so much fun // But Paul Ryan won! (Paul Ryan) Paul Ryan (Paul Ryan) // He’s got guns (Paul Ryan)
7. I couldn’t help noticing your house is such a dump // The whole place is in disorder // Magazines and piles of things cover everything up // Never knew you were a hoarder // Turns out it’s eBay (Ah Ah Ah) // This eBay crap is habit-forming
6. Oh what a feeling // They raised the national debt ceiling
5. Stuck on you // I bet you wish you weren’t drunk // When you went and got that tattoo // Yes it’s truly lame // That you misspelled your name
4. Slip out of your robe, hear my plea // I’m guilty of wanting to hold you near me // Judge Judy!
3. You were right (so right) // I spoiled my appetite // Eating hors d’oeuvres // Olive Garden serves // Those endless breadsticks
2. Preparing for the beach // There are places we can’t reach // I’ll spray you, you spray me // With aerosol sunscreen // SPF 15
1. Mitt’s got a beach house // Car elevator // Brings Cadillacs up and down // Mitt’s got a beach house
There is a tee-shirt company that is offering a shirt that says “I’m Fine” while giving the appearance of bleeding right below it. It made me wonder how many pastors and ministers use that cliche, “I’m fine” when really there is pain, hurt and anger on the inside.
I have learned that there are all types of pain in ministry. Different levels, different stages, different circumstances, and I could go on and on. There are pains brought on by peers, those who you answer to, those who answer to you, and that list goes on and on. Then there is the pain brought on by family circumstances – a spouse, a child, parents, siblings – again, I could go on and on.
Dealing with the pain of ministry is up to you. You can allow it to fester and destroy you under the skin, or you can deal with it, pray about, decide to take positive actions regarding it, and then watch the Lord do His job – to be the healer.
In some cases, professional help is required. Even those of us who preach the gospel can have some serious mental issues going on – especially in the area of forgiveness, pain and if you’ve been mistreated in a pastoral setting.
And when the pain has subsided and been dealt with – then you can truly say “I’m fine.”
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Rayfield Vines Jr. was 75.By: ELLEN ROBERTSON | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: September 01, 2012GLEN ALLEN, Va. –By the time he was 24, Suffolk native Rayfield Vines was a civil rights activist.On Feb. 18 and 19, 1960, he led sit-ins at the lunch counters of F.W. Woolworth Inc., People’s Drug Store and Roses department store in Suffolk, which refused to serve black customers, according to a profile on the NAACP Unsung Heroes website.
On a Sunday morning he was arrested and dealt charges ranging from “parading without a permit” to “inciting a riot.” Bail was set so high that a cousin had to put up her house as collateral to get him out of jail.
He ultimately was fined $50 and court costs.
However, he helped win a significant victory for his cause: Woolworth’s removed all seats from its lunch counter and began serving everyone on a stand-up basis.
A lifelong crusader of freedom for all, he went on to also become a music teacher and minister before his death at 75 on Aug. 25 at his Glen Allen home.
A funeral for the Rev. Dr. Joseph Rayfield Vines Jr., pastor of Hungary Road Baptist Church and former president of the Henrico County Branch and the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP, will be at 11 a.m. today, Saturday, at Trinity Baptist Church, 211 Fendall Ave. in Richmond.
Burial will be in Carver Memorial Cemetery in Suffolk, where he was born Nov. 4, 1936, the middle child of five.
As a young man, he sang in his church choir, sometimes doing tenor solos, and served as a music minister in several area churches, said his wife, Gloria Key Vines.
Dr. Vines, an Eagle Scout, worked his way to a bachelor’s degree in music at Norfolk State College as a musician with a rock ‘n’ roll band and as an employee in the school cafeteria.
Dr. Vines later earned a master of education degree in music from Virginia State College.
He taught band in the school systems of Sussex, Buckingham and Fairfax counties as well as in Petersburg and Richmond, where he retired in 2003 at Lucille Brown Middle School. In 2000, Richmond schools named him Teacher of the Year.
“There’s a saying in the black community (to want) ‘to be somebody.’ He taught the kids that to be somebody they needed to get a good education so they could make a contribution to society,” his wife said.
“He spent a lot of time with students. If they didn’t have a ride home, didn’t have lunch money, if they had issues, he mentored them.”
During an interval when he left teaching to sell insurance, “he found himself ministering to customers, witnessing to them,” his wife said. “He later gave in to the calling and went to divinity school.”
Dr. Vines earned a master of divinity degree in theology and a doctorate of ministry degree, both from Virginia Union University.
He came to Richmond as minister of music for Trinity Baptist Church.
For 34 years, he also taught conducting, theory and percussion at the Gospel Music Workshop of America Inc., founded by the Rev. James Cleveland.
In December 2004, the Henrico Branch of the NAACP elected Dr. Vines president. Three years later, he became president of the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP. He was elected to another term in 2010.
In his NAACP role, “he always petitioned the government for restoration of voting rights of felons. That was very important to him,” his wife said.
“He was a down-to-earth person who saw worth and value in every human being.”
Dr. Vines was president emeritus of the Henrico Ministers’ Fellowship and the Baptist Ministers’ Union of Richmond and Vicinity. He was a former vice president of the clergy division of the Tuckahoe Baptist Association of Virginia and a former corresponding secretary of the Virginia Baptist State Convention Inc.
Survivors, besides his wife, include two daughters, Erika Powell of Henrico and Niani K. Vines of Glen Allen; a son, Joseph Rayfield Vines III of Glen Allen; a sister, Vivian Turner of Suffolk; a brother, Lloyd E. Vines of Grand Rapids, Mich.; and five grandchildren.FROM THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH
KFC is running a commercial about a new chicken sandwich. They show an office staff meeting when the supervisor says “you want to be little, you’ve got to think little. You want that small office? Think little. You want that small raise? Think little.”
Unfortunately this disease is found in ministry today. Pastor Darron LaMonte Edwards, Sr. of Kansas City, MO once said, “it’s hard to be big, when little’s got you.” Little is killing our churches, killing our pulpits and unfortunately killing the quality of preaching across the country. However, I’ve had access to part of the little manual and I want to share three points of how to think little:
1. Reject Counsel
The Bible declares “if a man lacks wisdom, let Him ask of God.” However, the problem is that some of us wouldn’t ask God for counsel or another pastor or another minister – therefore, rejecting counsel. No minister makes it on his own and no situation is unique. I’ve been blessed by a network of resources and counselors that I have depended on for years – pastors like A. Bernard Devers, Johnny Pack, IV, James C.E. Faulkner, LeeArthur J. Madison, Willie James Smith, Carl J. Anderson, Barton Elliott Harris, Raymond Bowman, Stephen John Thurston, Samuel H. Smith, Sr., Jimmie Hardaway, Clifford Williams, Darron LaMonte Edwards, Michael Robinson, Emmanuel Young, and many, many others whose perspectives I admire. If you want to be little, reject the counsel from a friend.
2. Disconnect Spiritually
If you want to be little the best thing to do is disconnect from the power source. Stop praying, stop worshiping, stop studying, stop meditating, stop reading, stop interacting – just unplug and become disaffected by worship, study and prayer. We need a continual filling by the Holy Spirit to do ministry. However, when your schedule becomes your master and you never communicate with the Master – you will find yourself powerless, impotent and you’ll preach on skills instead of by Spirit. If you want to be little, disconnect spiritually.
3. Make Little Investments
If you want to be little start making limited or no investments into your ministry. I’m not talking about clothing or the latest P.A. System or the latest automobile. I’m talking about the investments into your ministry. If you pull out your checkbook and you can’t find any entries for “books” or “vacation” or “institutes” or “class” or “education” – you’re not a wise steward of your resources. I’ve discovered that when you preach or teach – you’re emptying yourself and your resources and they have to be replenished. If you give and give and give and never receive, a day will come when there is nothing left to share. If you want to be little, don’t invest in your own ministry.
Last night was the Season Five conclusion (they’ve split the last few episodes over two seasons) of Breaking Bad. I was introduced to the show by accident a few months ago and I will have to admit – it’s the most riveting drama on television today. My Sunday nights at 10:00 p.m. are reserved for AMC (or my DVR recorder) to grab every episode.
The premise is that a High School science teacher (Walter White) is diagnosed with an inoperable cancer. He worries about how he will provide for his family when he’s dead and gone – and by fate, he runs into a former student, a low-grade method dealer named Jesse. Using his science skills, he’s able to cook a grade of meth that is in the high 90 percentile and they become full-time drug producers with family issues, especially Walter’s relationship with his wife comes into play.
This episode is about the evolution of Mr. White into Scarface. In graphic scenes, he arranges for the murder of nine probable informants, information he gleaned from his own brother-in-law who is the head of the local DEA. By this late in the series, having people murdered or killing people doesn’t phase him – there is no remorse, it’s not personal, it’s business. Strictly business.
However, it looks like that he and has wife has completely reconciled. She has forgiven him for drug dealing, which has given them “more money than we could ever spend” and he has forgiven her for infidelity. Their family is reunited and Walter apparently has severed all ties with Jesse and is retiring from the meth business.
Until his brother-in-law finds a book, “Catcher in the Rye” which an inscription from a deceased drug overlord. The episode ends with perfect facial expressions that the major drug manufacturer he’s been looking for has been right under his nose.
Can’t wait for next season!!!