Archive | May, 2008

The SIgns are DOWN!!!

30 May

How messed up is my head that I am excited about getting to cut the softball signs down last night?? We were finished a month ago, but waited until after the class softball games (which was a fundraiser sponsored by Varsity Softball). Those ended last night when the juniors beat the sophmores and then beat the faculty!! (On the other hand, rumor has it that there will now be NO valedictorian next year)

Am I doing flips?? Not really. . . that WOULD be pathetic. No, but I will no longer worry about them every time a storm comes up. So, I guess I SHOULD be a little excited about it!

Urgent Prayer Request from China

27 May

I have two friends from seminary that are serving in China right now. Yes, they felt the earthquake and are in the midst of ministry there. They cannot tell me where they are, and in turn, I cannot tell you WHO they are to protect their identities. But this morning, I got an urgent request for prayer that I am passing on to YOU:

1. Pray that they will be successful in placing workers in the right positions for the coming school year, and the schools will cooperate with them.

2. Pray that their work visas will be renewed.

Cannot say more now, but the power of prayer is so important. Pray for them: GOD KNOWS who you are praying for!!!

Thanks!

Today’s sermon – Our Responsibility

26 May

Another one from Mikey

24 May

GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS FOR A PASTOR (from Mikey’s Funnies):

Good News: You baptized seven people today in the river.
Bad News: You lost two of them in the swift current.

Good News: The Women’s Guild voted to send you a get-well card.
Bad News: The vote passed 31-30.

Good News: The Elder Board accepted your job description the way you wrote it.
Bad News: They were so inspired by it, they also formed a search committee to find somebody capable of filling the position.

Good News: You finally found a choir director who approaches things exactly the same way you do.
Bad News: The choir mutinied.

Good News: Mrs. Jones is wild about your sermons.
Bad News: Mrs. Jones is also wild about Ozzy Osbourne, “Desperate Housewives” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

Good News: The trustees finally voted to add more church parking.
Bad News: They are going to blacktop the front lawn of your parsonage.

Good News: Church attendance rose dramatically the last three weeks.
Bad News: You were on vacation.

Good News: Your biggest critic just left your church.
Bad News: She has been appointed the District Supervisor of your denomination’s region.

Good News: The youth in your church come to your house for a surprise visit.
Bad News: It’s in the middle of the night and they are armed with toilet paper and shaving cream to “decorate” your house.

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A Tragedy

22 May

Daughter of Gospel Star Steven Curtis Chapman Hit, Killed by Car

All I can say is that SCC has meant a lot to me over the years, and today I am praying for him, for his wife and family, and especially for his son.

Still Cookin’

21 May

What is it about cooking that draws me in?? This morning I got up at 6:15 and cooked breakfast for my family. Tomorrow, I will be at the church at 6:00am to fix the same for 40-50 youth. Maybe it is not the most manly thing to do in the world, but I really enjoy it. Why??

I know I am a task-driven person at the very heart of who I am. I think the sense of accomplishment is something I need to keep me sane. Sometimes in ministry, accomplishment is HARD to see. Because there is ALWAYS someone in the hospital, someone to visit at home, someone needing to come in and meet, a variety of things I cannot even anticipate that happen every week at the office, and always Bible studies and sermons for the week. Every week. And it had ALL better be good, or folks will let me know. And, on top of all of that, there is always someone mad about something. There are times in ministry when it feels like you are falling into a well and the bottom is just not there.

Hence, my therapy in the kitchen. And I do enjoy it, even if it is not the most macho thing to do in the world. Hmm . . . Maybe if I got some cooking-related tatoos?????

Yesterday’s sermon – Here I am

20 May

This was baccalaureate Sunday, hence the robe!