Conversations with the Friar

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April 21, 2005 by Isaac Hovet

He is 46.  He isn’t a pastor.  He is an artist.

The Friar has been through a lot in his years.

Ministry.  He has pastored, planted, assisted, developed, taught, etc.

He is witty.  He loves movies.  He loves the Village. 

He was a postmodern before postmodern was a word. 

He teaches me.  He encourages me.  I learn.  I sit in his office and glean information and insight for hours.  I am not just loafing in his office, but I am learning.  Listening.

Today we talked about Christians and politics.  He shared with me about how he has seen the “church” run away from its primary responsibility (spiritual development) for the sake of political oomph. 

I am in agreement.  It is imperative that we don’t lose our focus, which is Jesus, and run to the “safe,” but empty comfort of being in power.  I don’t know that Jesus was concerned if he didn’t have political sway.  He merely loved people where they were at.

Thanks Friar.  Thanks for being an influence on a young, listening guy who, by his own admission has everything to learn and little to offer.

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