A Week in the Life . . .
Last week was a full week. It reminded me of just how connected I am – and how connected our church is to the broader work of God’s Kingdom.
On Monday, I played in the annual Marketplace Ministries Golf Tournament. Dr. Calvin McKaig graciously invites several of us each year to this tournament. This ministry provides chaplains to businesses across America, Mexico and Canada. Gil Strickland started this ministry years ago and it is thriving today. These chaplains are serving people from all walks of life in the “marketplace” of American businesses. It is always inspiring to hear of how God is using this ministry. And – it is fun to play golf!
On Tuesday, I spent about 6 hours with a group of young pastors who are a part of a project funded by Baylor’s Truett Seminary. I have 7 young pastors who are mentoring with me for the next 2 years. We meet together, pray together, read selected books together and watch sermons. It is a time of critiquing, affirming and learning. Needless to say, it is invigorating to me to spend this time with these young leaders from Texas and Oklahoma.
On Wednesday we launched the Pastor’s Bible Study for the new year. We had a full house in our new home—Suite 120 in the Wade Building. We are studying the book of Matthew this year. I loved being back in the saddle in that teaching role. And—our WAM ministry re-launched with hundreds of kids here attending worship and mission activities. It was a great night!
I left late Wednesday evening and drove to Abilene. Our former member, Eric Bruntmyer has been elected as the new President of Hardin-Simmons University. He asked me to be the guest speaker at his investiture as president. What an honor! I had never been to Hardin-Simmons. So, I enjoyed my day on Thursday. It was a moving and inspiring service, to say the least. I am so proud of Eric, Elise and their beautiful family. I hope you will join me in praying for his work at HSU.
I arrived home on Thursday evening in time for a long meeting with some key leaders in our church as we are studying the governance and decision-making practices of our church. It was an engaging meeting and I was blessed to be a part of this significant conversation.
We finished up the weekend by celebrating our birthdays. Cindy and I were born 3 days apart in the same hospital in Birmingham (Carraway Methodist) and were in the nursery together for 2 days. We met over 18 years later during our sophomore year in college. I knew I had seen her before when I met her on UAB’s campus! So, we have been celebrating our birthdays together ever since.
Then—Saturday was filled with college football. We had fun kicking off the new season.
So, it was a full week. But, I was overwhelmed by just how far-reaching our ministry is here at FBCA. Praise God for all the opportunities He has set before us. Great days are ahead!