Archive for June, 2006

Greetings from Little Rock (that’s in Arkansas, by the way)

June 13, 2006

We have spent one week in our new home in Milton, Kentucky. So far, I love it. Living out in the country is good for my soul. Being able to walk a few feet to a quiet office for study and prayer (with no distractions, including the internet) is a blessing I have never had before. I have the opportunity to “get away” for that purpose without ever being far from Joni and Benjamin. It has already made a difference in my life, in just one short week.

Seminary has been great in so many ways, but one thing that is not so great about it is the total lack of consistency in trying to develop a daily schedule. Classes meet usually on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, often at odd times with gaps between them, and they change every semester. On top of that, they often leave me staying up late studying, which in turn impacts the way I get up the next day. Of course, the Ph.D. program will be much the same, except for the fact that I will (at least this first semester) have classes only two days a week. I am hoping that on the remaining days I can develop a consistent schedule for working during the daylight hours so that I can give my evenings completely over to family.

I think God knew that I would need this at this particular time in my life, and that is one reason he led us to stay at Southern. He knew I would need the regular discipline of a consistent schedule, combined with the quiet solitude of the country and an office within walking distance. It’s amazing how such a simple thing could make such an impact on my life. I believe that, because we chose to stay at Southern, I will ultimately know God better than I would have otherwise. And that is the most important thing of all.

Anyway, we’re in Little Rock now, staying with my sister-in-law. We’re on our way to Texas for a couple of weeks of vacation. We plan to introduce Benjamin to his great-grandparents, whom he has never met, and his two uncles that he has never met. We left 75-80 degree temperatures for what I hear will be upper 90’s or even 100’s. Oooh, yuck.

Hope to update again in a few days.

Things are Changing

June 3, 2006

As Doc Holliday says to Kate in the movie Tombstone, “It appears we must redefine the nature of our assocation.” Tomorrow life brings us another big change.

We are moving.

It’s not the kind of dramatic change that a move to the Chicago area would have been. (If you are wondering what I mean by that, see this and this). We are only moving about 50 miles away, to the parsonage that sits only a few feet away from Corn Creek Baptist Church in Milton, Kentucky. And yet, it is something very different.

I have never lived in the country before. I have lived in neighborhoods in Fort Worth, Atlanta (Texas, not Georgia), and on the campuses of East Texas Baptist University and Southern Seminary. Louisville has to be one of the greatest cities on the planet for residential living. I am going to miss it.

But the call of God takes us elsewhere. I am excited about the opportunity to live with our people in their community. I pray that it would lead to more effective ministry, by God’s grace. I pray that it would make us love them more. I pray that it would give me a greater connection with them in the pulpit and on the porch. I am also excited about the opportunity God has given us to allow my wife to dedicate herself to full-time motherhood even while I maintain status as a full-time student. The free housing offered to us by the church has made that possible. I am excited about the green fields, the ponds, the wild turkeys, the sunsets, and the big night sky that “resembles a back-lit canopy with holes punched in it” (Incubus). It has been years since I have been able to see the stars on a nightly basis. May this be the beginning of new wonders, new joys, new milestones in our journey to the Celestial City.

I know I haven’t been blogging as much since my son was born. I’m afraid this move will make my blogging even less frequent. We don’t have any plans to set up internet access out there, but we may look into it somewhere down the road. For now, I plan to update the blog as much as I reasonably can by visiting the local library or by using the seminary’s computer lab when I come back to campus. I only ask that you check in every once in a while; I’ll still be here. Actually, I think this will be good for me. I know I have wasted my share of time on this thing.

Thanks for reading. If you will, say a prayer for us today.