3 things that I learned from a pig snout

Sometimes, crazy things happen in ministry… Here is my story.

A few years ago my wife and I were invited to dinner at the home of a new family in our church—recent immigrants from Mexico who wanted to get to know us better. When we arrived we were treated as honored guests as they attended to our every need. It goes without saying that for most pastors these types of visits are the best ones.

We were served “posole”—a traditional Mexican soup that is made with either chicken or pork. In this case, the region of Mexico this family comes from has a peculiar tradition of honoring their special guests by serving them the pig snout. Imagine my surprise when I was served a giant bowl of soup with a floating pig snout in the middle.

In my Puertorican heritage we aren’t accustomed to eating snout (as far as I’m aware, at least). I just smiled graciously and asked myself, “What do I do?” I didn’t want to disrespect them or make this couple feel bad. I didn’t want my culinary preferences to hurt these great people who had obviously worked so hard to make us feel honored in their home.

These types of situations are reflective of ministry, where sometimes pastors must stretch their cultural limitations. In order not to offend sensibilities, we might have to do things we are uncomfortable with…

That being said, allow me to share what I learned from a pig snout that evening:

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