Category Archives: Personal

Coming Off My Mini-Sabbatical

I am in the process of concluding a mini-sabbatical (3 1/2 weeks) and am grateful for the time I’ve had away to rest and refresh myself spiritually. More congregations need to demand that their pastors take these types of breaks to protect themselves against the pitfalls of ministry. And yes, there are many pitfalls.

The North American Mission Board recently published some alarming statistics gathered by my old friend Darrin Patrick:

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God’s Kind Providence to Give Me a New Friend

God provided a new friend for me today. In God’s kind providence I was privileged to meet, via internet and telephone, a pastor from North Carolina named Jonathan. I am excited about this friendship for what we have in common. We both have a condition called Barrett’s Esophagus.

Barrett’s is found mostly among sufferers of GERD (acid reflux disease), like Jonathan and myself. More importantly, and frighteningly, Barrett’s is a high risk condition for Esophageal Cancer, which is not exactly the best cancer to have.

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Parenting Moments Lead to Spiritual Applications

Tonight I was watching the kids while Superwoman went shopping for groceries and necessities. The kids enjoyed playing, which being translated means when it came time to start thinking about showering and getting ready for bed, the house was a disaster.  As I struggled to keep them on task in cleaning up, the thought hit me:

IF ONLY MY KIDS HAD THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR PUTTING TOYS UP AS THEY DID FOR GETTING THEM OUT!

Between my verbal encouragement (attempting to keep them on task) I was daydreaming about what it would be like for them to attack their chores with joy and enthusiasm, when suddenly another thought hit me:

IF ONLY I HAD THE SAME ENTHUSIASM FOR REPENTING OF SIN AS I DO FOR COMMITTING SIN!

Ouch. Ok, God. Just as my kids need to be trained and grow in many areas, so do I.

Back from Vacation

First night - at Point Park on Lookout Mountain
First night - at Point Park on Lookout Mountain

Our family vacation this year consisted of two weeks of travel to my parents and then to Lacey’s parents, along with a retreat for Lacey and I mixed in. We spent 49 hours on the road, including 33 hours with the kids, 16 hours just Lacey and I, and 15 hours with the former family dog (we found Barney a new home in Illinois). It was truly great to spend quality time with family and reconnect with friends. But it is also great to be back home and we are excited about what God is doing in our lives here in Jacksonville and especially at Harvest!

Chase shooting my old Red Ryder - first time for him to shoot a BB gun.
Chase shooting my old Red Ryder - first time for him to shoot a BB gun.
14th anniversary for Lacey and I at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Harvest Senior Pastors and Wives Retreat.
14th anniversary for Lacey and I at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin for the Harvest Senior Pastors and Wives Retreat.
Family picnic at the Chimneys campground in the Smokey Mountain National Park with Grandmama and Grandaddy and our cousins
Family picnic at the Chimneys campground in the Smokey Mountain National Park with Grandmama and Grandaddy and our cousins

On Vacation

Sorry for the quiet blog. I had a lot to get done in preparation for vacation. Now I’m on vacation. I do hope to blog sometime next week, so check back then.

Since I’m quiet this week, perhaps you would be interested in visiting a few of the blogs I try to keep up with regularly:

www.timellsworth.com – Tim is a good friend of mine and although he does not blog nearly as frequently as he used to, when he does, it’s good.

www.albertmohler.com – The President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is one of the most influential and compelling voices in evangelical American Christianity. He is great with book reviews and recommendations but his specialty is social commentary from a biblical perspective.

www.whatsbestnext.com – I like this site because it gives me great ideas and tips for greater productivity and effectiveness.

http://matteroffactsite.blogspot.com/ – Ordinarily I’m not a regular reader of blogs whose target audience is Christian women, but I make an exception for my cousin, Sherri. She is a godly woman and a very creative writer with a great sense of humor (think Erma Bombeck).

http://purgatorio1.com/ – just for fun.