Copyright 2004 Certificate of Registration TXu1-193-104
By Chaplain Winston T. Muldrew, Drunken Profit-double anointing
Supported by: Drunken Prophet Ron Hovland, Fireman, IRS retired
Prophet Benjamin & Tashi
I would like to share a few words if you don’t mind about my Ministry call.
Like I said in another SHORT, I have been called a lot of things over the years since I came to be in ministry. People of God have viewed me and defined me in many ministry terms. I myself having never pursued or even desired a ministry had no idea what to become or what the job entailed. I just do things and people tell me what I am.
To this day I can’t find and adequate job description for what I do in the Bible or from how others define their roles.
I don’t come from a ministry family that had a place for me in their church. I don’t have anyone in my family that can instruct or advise me about ministry. I have to rely on people who come into my life. But they always fall short. When I can’t believe them I have to trust my Bible alone. That is why I went to Bible college.
I stopped going to church at about 13 years old, however I did go back to be baptized in my early 20’s. Then at age 30 I got hit real hard by a God and I ain’t been the same since. That was in 1980.
When people call me by these titles I generally ignore them. I don’t know what to say. I don’t know what prompted them to say it in the first place. They just seem to blurt it out.
I started keeping a list one day, not only because of the number times this happened, but I kept getting new titles. I thought I would look back at them one day in wonder. I decided to include them in this book.
Minister, Priest (Sonya told her daughter I was a priest now in Concord) Preacher, Mister Preacher, Are you the Pope? Chaplain (Rev. Dr. Chaplain Steve Shannon), Pastor, Apostle, Bishop, Elder, Prophet, Helps, Pastor's aide, Biblical Scholar, Missionary, Christian TV Producer, Some kind of Elder (Octavia), Ordained (Pastors Dr. Raymond and Octavia Dorrough after graduation from Bible College), Teacher, Peacemaker (Dad), Big time politician, Supervisor/Overseer, Judge, Reverend, Counselor, God's Psychiatrist (women on bus), You're not staff (at the Hamilton Apts where I live - Nelton aka Preacher), Deacon, Friend (Ralph he is in ministry and I have known him since I was 4 years old. He says two years old), You don't sin (Stephanie), Administrator (computer lab at the Hamilton), Playboy (Laverne, Clair & Dad), Servant of the LORD, I have a good heart, Are you the assistant Pastor at that place?, Does that school teach only Evangelists?, sinner (Derek) The LORD has exhalted you (Derek), Whoremonger (someone on this bulletin board).
We are Earth Angels sent from heaven (Roman Catholic woman in wheel chair), Witness (We do and we are a), Ram in the bush (C. Redmond), Evangelist, You are really Ecumenical (by some Computer Technician on the phone), and as of late my new babe called me a Therapist. It has been several years since someone called me something new.
I had previously thought Ecumenical to be a bad word and not to be used around Christians. There is an Ecumenical movement today, but to me that has the sound of restrictions and politics. That is what usually happens when people agree to agree. Did I say “compromise” just to be apart of a movement? I have seen this happen too many times.
I said I am? I was surprised that he thought it was a good thing to be. Perhaps because I like to minister to anyone, who has an ear from a Christian perspective, he used this word. He first asked me if I was Catholic. I thought I better look up the word Ecumenical, and I came up with this definition as I see how the word applies to me.
I am one who’s Christian view is worldwide or general in scope. I like to influence others and make Christianity applicable to every day life. And I like to participate as part of the community not as one who shows up and then goes home as if they were a hireling.
I am not denominationally dependent, isolated or stagnated by church doctrine that is written in stone, but I am instead steadily expanding through biblical Christian faith that comes about by studying all of Scripture.
I am one who is a representative of the Bible, and relates to the whole of a body of believers. I am one who promotes worldwide Christian unity and cooperation through the gifts and leading of the Holy Spirit.
In other words I am bold, will go at it alone, and I will not follow anyone that denies the truth of the Bible or is not willing to address the Scriptures.
I will admit it if you can prove me wrong by Scripture, in fact that is an open invitation. How else can I learn unless I study Scripture and be tested as well.
It is interesting how different people see me differently. These are
unsolicited responses or impression's I've received. I don't have to tell people I'm a minister. I remember while I was in Bible College I met this minister, Jacob. He asked me, "Didn't I know I was called?" I did not know what he meant by that. I remember my Bishop Pastor Dr. Raymond Dorrough said I was going to be a Pastor and it takes twelve years. I remember his wife Pastor Octavia saying after I graduated from Bible College that I had become ordained.
Sometimes I think that being called means I just need to be in a certain place at a certain time. God provides the means and directs my path. I show up and do what ever it is I do. I don't quite understand what that is. Sometimes I speak, sometimes I don't. I just operate in my Spiritual gifts. I don't even know how to operate them. Sometimes I wait for the spirit to move me before I go anywhere. Sometimes I take the initiative and the Spirit takes over.
Now these are titles I like and have come to call myself:
I am what someone needs me to be, Steward (Stewardship), Spiritual Warrior, Chaplain, Urban Missionary, A Living Sacrifice, Apologist. It is funny or maybe not. Virtually no one wants to call me Chaplain! The only ones I know are Charlie Chaplin from the silent movie era, jocular, jocular, jocular the Chaplain from the Army Medics series Mash, and from Clinical Pastoral Education C.P.E. the Reverend Dr. Steve Shannon Chaplain.
What my big sister said about me:
Vivian laid another word on me. "WIT." She said women like me because I have wit. She said she is going to think of an acronym for it. I told her I had trouble with "Dense" for forty years. Now I have to deal with wit? I guess It means something to you.
In this computer thesaurus, wit has several synonyms: mind reason sense sanity lucidity soundness saneness senses. In my dictionary of synonyms, wit is listed with humor, irony, satire, repartee, which together mean a mode of expression intended to arouse amused interest or evoke laughter. Wit suggests the power to evoke laughter by remarks showing verbal felicity (an aptness that is opportune, telling, or graceful) or ingenuity and swift perception especially of the inconsistent.
Humor implies an ability to perceive the ludicrous, the comical, and the absurd in human life and to express these usually with keen insight and sympathetic understanding and without bitterness. Irony applies to a manner of expression in which the intended meaning is the opposite of the expressed meaning. Satire applies to writing that exposes or ridicules conduct, doctrines, or institutions either by direct criticism or more often through irony, parody, or caricature.
Repartee implies the power or art of answering quickly, pointedly, or wittily or to an interchange of such responses. As I look at these definitions I see that it takes wit to be an Apologist. I still don't know why my big sister said that about me. I guess I will never get it. Maybe I am dense.
What a woman said in church:
For some reason one Sunday I told her I was a minister. On another Sunday she said so you are minister. She said I needed to join the others up front. I held my finger to my lips and said, "Shhh!" I told her I'm not that kind of a minister. She asked me what did I do? I said, "No telling!" I said I have a long list but it is not about me. I then ministered to a couple of people, and she said she liked the way I minister.