HighpineThe Highpine Baptist Church has a new pastor. Twenty years ago the church began a process of moving toward a biblical model of eldership. It’s been many years and seeds planted and watered in tears so long ago are now in bloom. By God’s grace, the church has been led by a team of trained elders. Last Sunday, one of them became the point “pastor.”

I didn’t intend to go to Maine on March 30. I just wound up there as I was touring Angelina around by car because of the rain. And in a last-minute decision decided to visit an old friend.

I did not know that hours earlier he had been appointed pastor of the church. He was there all the time: Pastor Bob Gilpatric.

It was one of the greatest blessings on my life to see how God has worked through all these years.