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Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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7:26a
By the third day in the kitchen . . .
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O for the life of a camp cook.
10:19a
The lesson of GCUMM
GCUMM

When I was a Conference Scouting Coordinator and had occasional dealings with the General Commission on United Methodist Men, I used to say, sotto voce, that while I'm sure they know something about Men's ministry, they sure don't know much about Scouting ministry. After four years as President of NAUMS, sitting on the Board of Directors of GCUMM, I realized that they don't know much about Men's ministry, either.
7:29p
Lord, how many are my foes
So, I learned this evening that I am the favorite whipping boy of the gang at GCUMM. The current NAUMS leaders are told that I am the reason the President of NAUMS was dropped from the GCUMM Board, etc. etc. Now, I like to be liked, and it bothers me some that people talk bad about me behind my back. But I am proud of the work I did as President of NAUMS, even in the face of great adversity.

I balance the dislike of the Inner Ring down in Nashville against the unfeigned love I was shown at last week's Ranger Quest by the youth and adults of the Council's Venturing program. It quite touched me. Yesterday, a fellow pastor whose daughter, a Christian performing artist who gave a concert when I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago, told me she reported of my congregation, "they sure love their pastor." And just now, I got off the phone with someone calling to make sure I was signed up for a Confessing Movement leadership retreat next month. They reached out specifically to include me, and when I protested that I had no connections and nothing to offer, they made it clear they valued me and wanted me to participate in this invitation-only event.

For years, I have told people in my preaching, "you are wanted and you are loved." How wonderful to have others tell me that I am wanted and I am loved. Meanwhile, given the behavior of the Office of CYSA/Scouting and the Scouting Ministry Committee at GCUMM to many people, I suppose their bad-mouthing me says more about them than it does about me.

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