Welcome Friends

Welcome Friends

Let’s look at this moment as Frost’s Road not Taken. We will start afresh and look for new paths. I must confess though, the older I become the less I believe the regret is the road not taken, nor for that matter, the one taken. The true regret is that I didn’t take a plane.

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Leaving Tomorrow for Israel

Leaving Tomorrow for Israel

We leave tomorrow night for Israel. I am not sure if I have everything. Argh. No matter how much prep time there is always something I seem to forget. We fly from Charlotte to Newark tomorrow around 5pm. Then we catch El Al to Tel Aviv. We should arrive around 5pm Sunday, which is 10am EST. Obviously, we are excited. It’s just that I am sure I am forgetting something despite the long...

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Weekend Retreat in Myrtle Beach

Weekend Retreat in Myrtle Beach

Spent the weekend with Amanda at Myrtle Beach running a Singles Retreat. So many ironies to that. The weather was absolutely abysmal–cold and rainy. Then both our headlights went out, which meant we could only drive in the daytime. However, we had time together, read books, slept some, listened to the ocean waves, and basically kicked back. It was much needed for us both. And we had the added bonus of working our way through a jar of...

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FINALLY!

FINALLY!

Finally! Finally! Four and a half years, countless papers, case studies, interviews, classes, phone calls, thousands of miles driven, lost weekends, late nights, books, books, books, books, and more books, and one grand dissertation later, and I have finally graduated. It’s kind of like Thanksgiving dinner. There is so much build up and prep, but once the meal comes it’s over quickly. I must admit though, the seminary did it up...

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Tomorrow Dallas

Tomorrow Dallas

We leave tomorrow morning or Dallas. It’s almost a surreal moment–not going to Dallas, but going to Dallas to graduate. It’s been 28 years since graduation Dallas Theological Seminary the first time. So much life has happened since then. I play the years through in my mind–I think back at all the times of joy and difficulty–little children added along the way. I think back to every church I pastored since that...

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Feeling So Old

Feeling So Old

This is the week I finally graduate with my doctorate from Dallas Seminary. I have been running at 100 miles per hour and all of a sudden here it is. So, as I sit back I realize I am tired and I feel very old. I look at my face and I wonder who this guy...

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Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

They have been painting the church all spring. It’s a 300,000 square foot building, so you can imagine it takes quite awhile to finish. This morning I came off the elevator and saw five ladders lined up so that the workmen could hang one VERY LARGE and heavy picture. Five ladders together just begged to have a picture taken. So, I am trying out my new 55mm lens. Getting the right angles for the shot is a difficult task. Getting the...

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Cardinal Rule

Cardinal Rule

I snapped this picture the other day outside our front door. The camera was set up with remote shutter, but still the birds are rather skittish. I have been trying to attract goldfinches with a different feeder, but so far they don’t want to...

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Wednesday Electives

Wednesday Electives

I am preparing for my Wednesday night elective on Teacher Training. It is much more difficult to teach people how to teach than it is to teach them! It’s a rainy day, but very...

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