Where Does Real Courage Come From?

Friday, January 29, 2016

I Don't Need Help!

By Bishop Thaddeus Barnum

We who help others, do we need help?

Why are we blind to our own condition? Why is it so hard to do something about it?

Our Lord is irritatingly direct. Do you remember the time He looked a clergyman in the eyes and said: “You are half-dead, beaten down, and too blind to see it”?

He’s not talking to us, right?

Before meeting the man, Jesus praised His Father for hiding these things from the wise and learned and revealing then to little children. “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!” He told His disciples (Luke 10:21, 23).

That’s when he appears: The wise man, a biblical scholar, who doesn’t know he’s blind.

Our Lord is moved by compassion. He has work to do with this man’s soul. Hard work. How does anyone help someone who doesn’t need any help? With fierce precision, like a surgeon trying to save a life, our Lord sets forth the entire narrative of the Bible in a most convincing drama. The man – this wise, blind, arrogant man – is played by a man half-dead and beaten down on the side of the road.

Jesus our Lord is played by a Samaritan.

It’s just a fact: Our Lord means business. The soul of the wise man is filled with unseen hatred and blind prejudice. He hates Samaritans. Which, in our Lord’s drama, isn’t good seeing that He Himself happens to be playing that particular part.

Oh, but thank God, the wise man’s friends appear!

Big problem. The drama makes it quite clear they’re not really friends. They don’t stop. They don’t help. They have no compassion.  Of course, if the wise man isn’t convinced he’s half-dead and needing help, it doesn’t really matter if they stop, does it?

The Samaritan is altogether different.

He sees us as we really are. He knows our condition. He knows we are in need of compassion and mercy; care that takes time, precision, and a plan that is costly, though He Himself is willing to pay for it in full.

He even lets His Church – played by the Innkeeper – assist Him in His care.

The poor wise man. Does he have any idea that he’s even in the drama? Does he know the Samaritan Himself is standing in front of him and taking time to care for his soul? Is he able – as a little child – to receive the soothing medicine that binds up the wounds the robber of Genesis 3 inflicted and be made well in Jesus’ name?

If only he could see. If only he could say the best words of all: “I DO NEED HELP!”

Contact the Office of Clergy Care, go to: www.sepearusa.org or www.call2disciple.com
To contact Bishop Thaddeus Barnum directly: bishopbarnum@gmail.com

Friday, January 22, 2016


Our Clergy Care office is in full swing and Thad has begun taking one-on-one appts.  To book an appt, click here CCOffice.


Thad is also available for Sunday preaching visits and retreats.  To find out more, visit call2disciple.com/retreats or email call2disciple@gmail.com.  


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Friday, January 8, 2016

Clergy Care Office Now Open!

Healthy Pastors Make Healthy Churches



Under the oversight of Bishop Bryan, and in collaboration with Bishops Breedlove, Lawrence, Ross, and Wood, the Clergy Care Office led by Bishop Thaddeus Barnum is now open.

The purpose is to care for the well-being of the souls of clergy; to provide a safe space for:

Confession and Self-Examination
Discipling in Jesus
Relational Health in Marriage, Family, and Broken Relationships
Evaluating for Preventative Care
Caring when Signs of Burnout Appear
Bp. Barnum will offer 10-12 appointments a week by video conferencing. Clergy can make an appointment by going to the website of Bishop Bryan’s Southeast Network www.sepearusa.org or emailing Thad at bishopbarnum@gmail.com.

May the Lord strengthen our clergy for robust health in our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 15:1-11, the Vine and the branches. "Is He everything to you?