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Family Memories

Winding Down . . . Ramping Up

It has been my great privilege to be on a Sabbatical leave for three months during the summer of 2018.  I want to thank the First Baptist Church of Columbus, and the Lilly endowed Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations for making this time possible.

The theme of my time away has been “Framing a New Picture for Ministry” with one area of focus being photography.  So, I thought I would share a few of my favorite pictures from the travels and discoveries of the summer.  If you click on the picture you will often find a caption.

The first collage are photos taken in Scotland. 

Photos from Ireland

London Days

Canadian Rockies & Family Time

On My Own

It’s been a great summer with a couple of adventures yet to go.  Thanks for taking some time to look at my photography.

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Making Memories while Making Friends

Today while riding the park shuttle at Glacier my family and I experienced two Sabbatical encounters that reminded me of the fellowship inherent in the body of Christ.  The first came on our early morning trip up “Going to the Sun Road” as we chatted with our driver, Bruce.  We were part of a quiet and sleepy group of fifteen passengers that dwindled to nine (seven of them in our party) as persons departed the shuttle along the way.  Since we were going all the way to East Glacier to start our day, and since you never wake a sleeping baby (grandson Oliver having succumbed to the movement of the trip), we stayed in Bruce’s shuttle for the duration.  He was interested in our family and easy to talk with, so soon the facts came out: a pastor, on Sabbatical, with his family (yes, all of them), planning to do a short hike and enjoy the majesty of the scenery.  “Welcome to my office,” Bruce said as we rounded the corner to an especially awesome view.  “This never gets old” (the view that is  – and would I agree!).   Continue reading

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What Am I Learning?

One of the standard pastoral care questions I have often posed to persons who are dealing with a life challenging situation is: “What are you learning through this experience?” Over the past several weeks I have been asking myself this question as I’ve spent time on the other side of the pastoral care equation.

Without going into all the details I’ll share a little background: Continue reading

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Boiler Up

I have been a Purdue fan all of my life.  No kidding, for as long as I can remember I have cheered on the Old Gold and Black.  Why?  I’m sure it had something to do with 3 older siblings attending Purdue University for college, as well as earning my own undergraduate degree from the West Lafayette campus.  The allegiance was built early and runs deep. I can remember in elementary school wearing a different Purdue shirt every day of the week.  My teachers even commented on my regular Purdue attire.  Hey, it made getting dressed easy! Continue reading

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Ask, Search, Knock

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. – Jesus (Mt 7:7 NRSV)

Jesus’ words in Matthew 7 are very familiar to me.  Mostly I know them as part of a chorus we used to play and sing at church camp.  When sung in parts and with the descant, that simple little chorus could transform a campfire experience into something special.

It’s funny how such familiar words can be found fresh again.  At least that was my experience early this week, when in the course of reading Matthew 7 I stopped to consider the words anew.  I no longer hear them as a teenager or young adult camp counselor.  I hear them as a middle-aged pastor, husband, father, and recently new granddad, who has been wrestling with God in prayer for the past several months. Continue reading

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