Sending off Pastor Tim

One of the pastors of our church (Jordan Valley Church in West Jordan, Utah) recently received and accepted a call to become the pastor at Grace Church in Layton, Utah. Yesterday Pastor Tim preached at our church for the last time and the congregation fellowshipped afterward with a fried chicken and potluck meal to celebrate his ministry to us and give him a proper send off.

While we were eating, a microphone was passed around to give people a chance to say a little something about Pastor Tim. I didn’t volunteer then, but I want to take the opportunity here to collect the various tweets I’ve posted over the past couple years quoting things he’s said in his sermons or sharing pictures of him.

“You can’t even know the depths of your own sin.” —Pastor Tim Barton, Jordan Presbyterian Church (commenting on

— Joey Day (@joeyday) July 15, 2012

Pastor Tim in his element. @ Jordan Presbyterian Church

— Joey Day (@joeyday) September 2, 2012

“What’s wrong with you? (I say that with all grace.)” —Pr. Tim

— Joey Day (@joeyday) October 1, 2012

Pastor Tim: “Faith in the risen Christ is our marijuana catapult.” #context

— Joey Day (@joeyday) December 1, 2012

“Which is more difficult, to build a ship or to rescue a sinking one?” —Pr. Tim

— Joey Day (@joeyday) May 26, 2013

Pr. Tim playing the djembe. @ Trefoil Ranch

— Joey Day (@joeyday) September 28, 2013

“I’m a firm believer that if you can’t teach a Biblical principle with Smarties you do not yet understand it.” —Pr. Tim Barton

— Joey Day (@joeyday) January 19, 2014

The value of marriage according to Pr. Tim: “Everybody needs at least one person who can look at them and honestly say, ‘You’re an idiot.’”

— Joey Day (@joeyday) February 9, 2014

Pr. Tim: “You can’t really love your neighbor and murder them at the same time.”
Me: “Challenge accepted.”

— Joey Day (@joeyday) April 27, 2014

5 years ago, I only subscribed to sermons of non-local “popular” pastors. I’m happy to say all the ones I follow now are right here in SLC.

— Joey Day (@joeyday) April 29, 2014

“Subnormal Christianity has become so normal that normal Christianity looks abnormal.” —Pr. Tim

— Joey Day (@joeyday) July 20, 2014

We love you Pastor Tim. If you’re half the blessing to Grace Church as you’ve been to us they’ll be blessed indeed. Godspeed in all your future endeavors, friend.