The heart behind The Back Pew Ben Robertson
So, I thought a good way to start this blog, would be, a introduction to who I am and why I'm here. Why am I writing this thing anyway? I'm not famous, you've probably never heard of me. I have, like 35 followers on Twitter, maybe a couple hundred friends on facebook, I'm a construction worker, from humble upbringing, still living in humble conditions, so why would I even do this?
Truth is, I really don't know. I do know that I love Jesus Christ. I do know that I love to see people transition into the freedom only found in Him! I'm not a pastor, I'm not a bible scholer, I'm really not even a teacher. I'm a layperson who loves people and the work God has given me, which brings me to this. Two years ago(about, I'm not good with dates...or memory) I started feeling that God was calling me to preach. so I started studying, told my church and took every oppurtunity I could to preach. It made me sick. I can't speak in public. The reason I didn't go to college is because I cannot stand the thought of standing in front of a crowd. Now, it doesn't bother me so much. And I love to preach, when God gives the oppurtunity. But, I've learned that It's not for or about me, so what's to be nervous about? Anyway, after a year or two of being badgered by The Holy Spirit and my mother (I mean encouraged-not badgered) here it is. the view from "The Back Pew". I hope you join us, but there's some things you should know:
1) I'm not a pastor
2) I'm not qualified, by any earthly standard, to do this
3)I'm not a scholar, or even very well educated.
4) I suffer from ADHD
About that, suffer is a loose term(I'll get back to that, if I remember) I was diagnosed, I think, in the seventh grade. There was no drug for it, at the time, so things work a little different for me sometimes-for instance, It is possible that I could post a "focus scripture" and then never mention anything having to do with it again. I say that because it has happened-just being honest! The good news is that they make all kinds of drugs now to help people deal with the effects of ADHD. The bad news is, I don't take any of them. You remember that "loose term"-"suffer", to be honest I've learned to enjoy it! Really!I'm not bored! I don't even know where I'm going, sometimes!
But honestly, the reason I feel the need to start this, is because I want to work things out with other people. I want to tackle the tough issues that nobody wants to talk about. I want to trade in this old tradition for Spirit and Truth! But I want to work through it with people who see it from where I am. As Iron sharpens iron (Proverbs 27:17) so a friend sharpens a friend. This verse strikes me, because it seems to call us to work through problems in a community of people who can relate. In a time, where people think that when problems come, they should run to someone who is more educated, more spiritual, more anything, than they are themselves and get the magic words to easily fix thier problems. I'm not saying seeking counsel from wiser people is bad, I think we should, but we still need peer support too. After all, iron sharpens iron, pewter doesn't sharpen iron, glass doesn't sharpen iron, iron does. so check back often, and if you want to sign up to be notified when a new blog post is published, then just leave your e-mail HERE, and we'll take care of it. God Bless from The Back Pew!