A Baptist in a Clerical Collar

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  1. gb93433

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    Those careers that are part of what may broadly be construed as the “service sector” often involve some means of identification. Policemen sport badges, salesclerks wear tee-shirts of a particular color, waiters don aprons, and nurses wear scrubs. The idea is that such telltale signs allow the proverbial “man on the street” to identify these people and seek out their assistance—whether that takes the form of a refill of one’s soda or lawful intervention in some transpiring crime.

    The rest of the story is at http://www.fbcgh.net/wordpress/archives/8
     
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    If this what this young man sees fit to wear then more power to him. As for me, I don't even like to wear a tie to the hospital, etc. So, I wouldn't be very comfortable being seen in a clerical collar. I wouldn't want people calling me "Father" or assuming that I am Protestant. Let me be identified by Christ inside me rather than by wearing some identifying mark as to my calling as a pastor.
     
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    That's why when I want to be identified as a Baptist minister, I wear a fried chicken around my neck.

    :D
     
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    I doubt I'd even consider ever wearing any collar except for rbell's fried chicken.

    But I thot there was a telling sentence in the entry:
    This was the woman's comment, but I am not certain that my clothing ought to be a sign i wear that says, "I'm important" any more than our clothing ought to be something that says, "I'm cool" or "I'm more spiritual".
     
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    For the most part, I have always wore a clergy collar. I guess it is a carry-over from the military, but I don't feel out of place wearing it.........maybe I just don't like ties!

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I've never worn a collar. I've often worn ties. If a person is angered by the presentation of gospel truth; angry enough to choke you, it seems a tie could be quite a temptation. Maybe a collar is a better idea.
     
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    That's hilarious.
     
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    Only a Southern Baptist would wear the chicken...
    Us American Baptists EAT the chicken, and wear the chicken gravy on our ties!


    :tonofbricks:
     
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    But what about Regualr Baptists? and I hate to think what the IFB do
     
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    I've almost always had the typically Baptist resistance to clerical collars, but when I was in campus ministry at the University of Maryland, where we did a number of ecumenical worship services, I wore a white turtle-neck shirt and sometimes a small pectoral cross. It seemed just to fit in with the Lutheran, Episcopal, and Methodist chaplains. But never as a routine. One day, when for some reason I did resort to the turtle-neck, etc., the Lutheran chaplain complimented me for "being properly dressed, for once."

    I never wore it again. There are American Baptists, Southern Baptists, National Baptists, and Stubborn Baptists. I am one of the latter.
     
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    Why am I replaying in my mind the old Wisk commercial about "Ring Around the Collar"? :BangHead:
     
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    Most of us are Stubborn Baptists at heart!:smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Ahh! The great common denominator of Baptists. :D

    Tim Reynolds
     
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    I don't know if I agree with you, and I am rather firm about that:BangHead:
     
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    That is only one among the great number of numerators present.
     
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    rbell, I laughed out loud. Hilarious.
     
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    Why do many think wearing a business suit is not "identifying"? John Calvin chided reformed pastors for wearing robe/cassock of their Catholic background, telling them to wear business attire instead.

    Most Baptists later followed Calvin. Many liturgical type used the robe in the pulpit and a clergy-collar for everyday work. Long ties have only been used in the past 120 years (did not exist prior to that, so nothing "sacred" in wearing a tie to church)

    I love the "banded collar" look. No tie needed, but not a "clergy collar" either. Here is a shot at a recent wedding I did in Casper.

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    Hey Dr. Bob, that's a good picture. I notice that in your avatar pic, the shirt is orange (or is it pink?), but looks like a similar style. Do you change colors for different occasions?

    And you look a lot younger than your avatar picture. What's your secret? Doesn't look like botox from here.
     
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    Seems like there was a time when you wore a bow tie.
     
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    When I first started to pastor in Canada, baptist preachers wore tails and striped trousers including a waistcoat, folded collar and gray tie.

    Some wore a geneva gown in the pulpit. In the military, I wore the traditional garb of the Church of England because the ministry followed that church as chaplains in those days. I just carried on with the full collar and geneva gown.

    In England, they used to say, "the broader the collar, the more evangelical the preacher."

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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