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FRONT PAGE  |  12/15/2019
THURSDAY, AUG 30, 2018  |  11 comments  |  1 commentary
In Isolated World of Pastors, Churches Mum on Troubling Clergy Suicides

An alarming number of pastors have taken their own lives in the last five years. And despite the increasing prevalence of suicide nationally, and the troubling rates at which the epidemic has been affecting certain groups of clergy, many churches remain silent on the issue.

Parker's suicide came just three weeks ahead of Pastor Ed Montgomery's in November 2013. Three months later it was the Rev. Allen "Tommy" Rucker. Two months after that it was Pastor Robert McKeehan. Less than a month later is was Pastor DB Antrim. Then three months later it was the Rev. William "Bill" Scott who also killed his wife Charlotte.

Less than a year later in May 2015 it was Phil Lineberger, former president of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and pastor of Sugar Land Baptist Church. Three months after that in August 2015 it was the Rev. Seth Oiler. About a year later in August 2016, it was Pastor Lawrence ...


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News Item8/31/18 1:01 AM
Chris G P | England  Find all comments by Chris G P
We must pray for our pastors like never before.

Churches should indeed have a plurality of elders to which not only is the pastor accountable, but they can rally round to support him in times of difficulty.

These elders should include one or two men who are able to preach during pastoral holidays (and yes, the pastor should be encouraged to take occasional holidays, and that’s with his wife and family as well), and the other elders should be very helpful and supportive and all should be men of prayer.

I was blessed the other Sunday when the pastor was away and an elder preached with great authority, and also led the singing of the hymns with a beautiful voice!!

Also pastors should have good friendships with other pastors of good strong biblical churches, who can swap pulpits on occasions and thereby encourage each other’s congregations.

Finally, pastors should not be expected to speak at too many conferences away from the church, should generally be accompanied by their wives when they go, and should have a cast iron day off each week when they are not to be disturbed!!

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News Item8/30/18 6:55 PM
Wayfarer Pilgrim | Lubbock,tx  Find all comments by Wayfarer Pilgrim
I don’t think it’s a fair analysis to equate fundamentalism a reason why pastors may not seek help for depression. Depression can either be a season or chemical makeup of the person. But, suicide is a long term problem that reaches everyone. The possibility is anyone’s guess, if you’re a pastor and fighting depression, find true Christian help. Not secular help, if given the wrong SSR inhibitor, it could kill you.
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News Item8/30/18 6:31 PM
The Quiet Christian  Find all comments by The Quiet Christian
I think you are right, Neil. Congregations and esp individuals who make up those congregations have a responsibility for their brothers who happen to be teaching elders/pastors. Pastors will admit they are lonely, even those within presbyteries. Who is there to lift them up. Do we think that they are too spiritual to fall or are somehow too holy to have issues they are dealing with? Perhaps we should smash the pedistal. And as Penned asked, support each other rather with the One who is called Wonderful, Counselor rather than pointing the way to one with the licensed counselor shingle.
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News Item8/30/18 11:45 AM
Neil | Tucson  Find all comments by Neil
This "Pastor Disaster" problem, in which they are socially aloof from their congregations and act like cult leaders, won't change until congregations revise their expectations and stop demanding that pastors imitate Mussolini, and follow the Scriptural pattern for church leadership instead: real accountability for doctrine and conduct, and a plurality of elders (not sycophants) if possible. Plus, pastors ought to encourage gifted laymen in their congregations to preach, instead of recruiting "pulpit supply" from their seminary. But sadly, very few are willing to preach, as I have seen personally, despite showing potential.

So while I have often railed about pastors here before, I also realize that congregations are part of the problem too. I think it is part of a broader Western cultural problem of bad or nonexistent ethical discernment. "Don't Judge Our Hero" isn't just a Progressive mindset.

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News Item8/30/18 11:22 AM
Just a Guy | Mississippi  Find all comments by Just a Guy
The true question is how many of these men were pastors, or just wolves in sheep's clothing.
Although either way, Satan would love nothing more than to encourage them to end thier lives. One for the purpose of destroying the church. And the other for the purpose or making a miserable eternity start "quicker" if you will.
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News Item8/30/18 9:20 AM
penned  Find all comments by penned
Is the Holy Spirit moving out of the 501c3s who talk out of both sides of the face?

Who is the head of the church?

bankers and their non-discriminatory code?

why is it that Christians in trouble now go to "licensed psychologists"... ie men trained more in the "system"

and if they need help with bills or food they go to the state?

have we outsourced God's biblical design and the pastor is left giving empty platitudes about your top 5 ways to "have your best life now?"

for.... might he be "sued" if he tells the biblical truth on a matter?

are our people spinning their wheels running programs that mimic the biblical model for what the Body of Christ is to be for one another.... without LICENSED MEDIATORS? but mediated by Christ?

Is not "church" a supernatural work and not a list of statutes and regulations?

Did not Martin Lloyd Jones say that the pulpit was the place where nearly all issues were resolved, for if you taught them right at the pulpit they wouldn't need "sessions"?

Have we created a generation of social justice warriors that would leave offended if they were corrected of their

Zionism and Marxism?

the two arms of the evangelical church?

would they not leave offended?

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News Item8/30/18 8:51 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
Thank you, brother.
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News Item8/30/18 5:23 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Plain Old Tim wrote:
Speaking of Satan, John, I plan to preach about him tonight, and so he has been attacking me from all sides. Pray that God will give me boldness and power to paint Lucifer exactly as he is: a filthy and despicable, unspeakably wicked predatory serpent. (Can't imagine why the devil would get mad at me when I talk so sweetly about him😝)
I will indeed, brother! The one standing by your side will give you all needed help and power to adequately portray that enemy of souls the wicked devil, along with all his wicked host, which the Lord Jesus Christ can demolish with a word or a fierce glare. 'Tis the name of Jesus they cannot abide; not Tim or John, but JESUS the Almighty, Second Person of the Trinity, the Christ, the Son of the Living God.

I'm glad to hear you are being attacked doc. It shows the devil is fearful of what you are going to preach on later. The devil far prefers to keep people in ignorance, it suits his purposes better.

Lord, hear our prayer on behalf of Bro Tim. Hedge him about as he prepares for this skirmish, fill him again with your Spirit, cleanse him again with your precious blood, clear his mind and give him liberty, and bless each hearer of the word. IJN, Amen.

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News Item8/30/18 4:11 AM
Plain Old Tim | Possum Hollow, USA  Find all comments by Plain Old Tim
Speaking of Satan, John, I plan to preach about him tonight, and so he has been attacking me from all sides. Pray that God will give me boldness and power to paint Lucifer exactly as he is: a filthy and despicable, unspeakably wicked predatory serpent. (Can't imagine why the devil would get mad at me when I talk so sweetly about him😝)
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News Item8/30/18 3:43 AM
John UK | Wales  Find all comments by John UK
Whatever you can think of, it's going to be happening sometime soon. We are in the last hour of history and Satan is running amok, fearful of his own end.

"Today Perhaps"

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News Item8/30/18 1:05 AM
Moses | Los Angeles  Find all comments by Moses
Matthew 7:24-27(KJV)

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

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