May 3rd, 2015


Totally natural

Crew meeting today was at McCormick's Creek State Park. We had a program on feeding critters. The naturalist fed a good-sized snapping turtle a bunch of little fishies. Then she brought out a cute little garter snake and fed it worms. Julie looked away. Then she brought out her nine-year-old black rat snake, just for show. It was a tossup which was more fascinating, snake behavior or mom behavior. Or maybe it's just that biblical thing, you know, the enmity between the Serpent and the Woman? You be the judge.

The things we do for our kids

For goodness' snake

For goodness' snake

The things we do for our kids
his friend Jesus

I'm a lucky man

Rev. Mindy Huffman and I have been mentoring a pair of ministerial candidates, getting them ready to be interviewed by the District Committee on Ministry. That work has been done as thoroughly as we know how; nevertheless, their spouses requested some time to talk about what it means to be roped in on this deal.

So, tonight, we had dinner together at our place. I made brisket, Mindy brought dessert, Marcus and Rodelyn and their spouses brought side dishes. We ate and talked and laughed. And then we got down to answering questions that spouses and couples have about the parsonage life -- something more than mere clergy shop talk. And the star of the evening was Deanne.

My wife is smart. She's perceptive. She has the wisdom of many experiences. She's a survivor. She knows who she is and what she can do. I am very proud of her, for so many things, and none more so than her ability to talk about the road ahead with some people who too often get left out of the conversation when people enter the road to ordained ministry.

Best of luck to Marcus and Jessica, Gregory and Rodelyn. May you be as blessed in your ministry and in your relationship with your spouse as we have been. Go with God.