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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the work of ministry and missions for 49+ years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw. One of my favorite breakfasts is huevos fritos, frijoles, and tortillas, with a good hot sauce and a cup of rich Colombian coffee! My greatest joy in life is being part of the kingdom; my #1 priority is to advance "kingdom things" and to help develop authentic "kingdom people." I seek to serve and share the good news about Jesus everywhere I go, helping people find Jesus and helping people mature as disciples of Jesus. One of the greatest blessings of my life is to be loved by countless people around the world!


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Anniversary–44 (or is it 88?)

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

Today is our anniversary. Jan and I were married on August 15, 1969–44 years ago.
When we are asked how many years WE have been married, we always add her years or marriage and my years of marriage. We began that tradition on Valentine’s Day in our first year of marriage when we celebrated one year–6 months for her and 6 months for me. We have celebrated our marriage 87 times, today is 88.
Happy Anniversary to the love of my life who has helped make possible the many things God has done through us across the years.

Yesterday and Today: Valentine’s Day and Half-Anniversary

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Jan and I celebrate 87 years of marriage today. WE have been married 87 years. (Those of you who know our story know that is 43 1/2 for me and 43 1/2 for her. We are careful how we answer, depending on how the question is phrased.) Every year for 44 years we have rolled Valentine’s Day and our half-anniversary together to celebrate God’s goodness to us in our marriage.

How the time has flown! It is hard to believe. Thank you, God, for the wonderful soul mate and supportive helper you provided for me. Thank you, Jan, for your love!

Reflections: Adult Bible Class at Park Plaza

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

The Wednesday night adult Bible class I have been teaching this fall at Park Plaza concluded last night. The study and discussion of Paul’s first letters was stimulating. This would be a good time to reflect one more time on the content of the class, thinking about the challenges faced by the Gospel in the first century. Galatians shows the struggle to understand how the Gospel connects to the past and its roots in Judaism and the Old Testament. The Thessalonian correspondence shows the struggle to understand the message of the Gospel with regard to the future, especially the coming of Jesus.

Instead of reflecting on and summarizing the class, I want to reflect on the class itself: the dynamics of the class, members, involvement, attendance, interest, and comments.

    Attendance was consistent and excellent with the chairs filled almost every week, and often the need to set up more chairs.
    The members of the class were involved in the study with excellent comments, penetrating questions, and numerous after class off-line disucssions.
    The size of the class made discussion difficult, but together we overcame that hurdle and the discussion was often lively.
    The class members are encouragers of one another. What a delight to observe the love expressed as we lingered afterward to share various aspects of our lives.
    The class seemed to relish the opportunity to dig a little deeper, but also enjoyed thinking about how the text applies to our lives today.

The class members blessed me by their participation, comments, and encouragement. What a blessing to get to spend time regularly with the greatest people on earth–God’s people.

Lessons from Another Birthday

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Yesterday was my birthday. My birthday folder (electronic) has 128 items in it. Facebook says 106 friends sent birthday greetings. I received a few cards by snail mail, and a few more by email. I received a number of personal greetings–real words spoken by a real person, either in person or by telephone (no greetings via Skype this year, but just wait). The first electronic greeting came on Monday. (Those who waited until 12:01 A.M. yesterday had no chance of being first.) With the exception of the first little church I preached in over 40 years ago, I received greetings from persons representing every phase of my adult life and ministry. Greetings came from at least 10 different countries.

Birthday reflections–things I learned or was reminded of yesterday, and things I thought about yesterday, in no particular order.

    We live in a rapidly changing world
    I am loved
    Birthdays are a good time to look forward (a lesson gleaned from the greeting that wished me the best in the coming year)
    My life has made some difference to a few folks in a few places across the years
    Getting older is not all bad
    Getting older is natural
    Getting older is an evidence of God’s blessings
    My friends write some really neat greetings
    My friends write in English and in Spanish
    God is not just good–he is really, really good
    Life is to be lived in the present, not in the past nor in the future
    Families are a special blessing from God

An early fall weekend….

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

The first weekend of October. The calendar says fall began two weeks ago.  Solely a technicality of the calendar.  Yes, the days are of approximately equal length and the daylight hours are noticeably shortening. But the trees are still green–hardly a hint of even thinking about wearing any color but green.  The grass is still growing, the lawn services still thriving, the sound of lawnmowers and blowers still audible in the neighborhood. Government time continues with the return to God’s time still a month away.

This weekend provides more convincing evidence of autumn’s arrival as the temperatures suggest a change in the seasons. The overnight temperatures are descending into the 30s and 40s and the daytime high temperatures cannot escape the 50s. The brisk north wind accentuates the 30 degree difference in comparison to late September days. Sure, slightly warmer days and nights will return, but the tipping point is near.

Two days ago I watched and listened as a gaggle of geese overhead made its way south. Yesterday was our first jacket day–only a few hardy folks hurrying about without jackets, and a few unprepared others still in shorts and short sleeves. Last night I tested the fireplace, enjoying the flames playing above the logs. Not much fire needed–but a small fire removed the chill and warmed not only the body but the spirit and mind.

God’s power and presence is seen in the changing seasons. God’s wisdom balances the world. The northern part of the globe gets ready to rest and rejuvenate while the southern hemisphere prepares for God’s summer bounty and harvest. In my part of the world, the thanksgiving of harvest gives way to the inanimate world of winter–even though we humans have not quite learned the beauty of winter’s respite.

I contemplate these and many other things this morning in the stillness of the early morning, and I am grateful for God’s presence in this world. I am grateful for God’s presence in my life, and for opportunities for service. I am grateful for family and friends.

Moving Day!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Those who check by this blog regularly have probably noted that there have been fewer postings over the past few weeks. Sometimes changes in the number of postings is due to my travels for ministry and missions obligations. In the most recent few weeks, the explanation is that today is moving day.
August 15 to September 3 I spent in Ecuador and Colombia, and much of the last three weeks since my return to the U.S. has been spent in arranging details for the move, packing, transferring some household belongings to temporary storage, and other seemingly countless details. Today the long process of moving from McAlester to Tulsa reaches reality–the moving van is coming to pick up our household belongings, closing is scheduled for our house sale in McAlester, and we will be houseless for about 24 hours. On Wednesday, we will close on the new home in Tulsa–just a couple of hours before I teach my Wednesday night adult Bible class at Park Plaza.
I plan to “blog ahead’ with some 2012 reflections, and hopefully by the end of the week I will have internet connections set up at the new house and my blog schedule will become more regular–at least until I head for Peru for a couple of weeks next month.

A “Connected” Week

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

During this very busy week of packing and working through details of our upcoming move, God has reminded me regularly of my kingdom connections….
Warm words and shared precious memories on Sunday.
A thoughtful note received that simply said, “We miss you at Edmond.”
A quick stop by the church office with Jan to share friendship and love in Christ.
Kind words after Wednesday night’s Bible class–a warm welcome for a “new kid on the block” at Park Plaza.
Spending time with a special brother in Christ on Friday.
An email of appreciation for a mission task completed.
An invitation received to preach and share with a church in Arkansas.

Thank you, Lord, for the way you bless my life through others. Help me pass the blessing forward, to be that same kind of blessing in the lives of others.

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