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Ministry and mission work is a team effort -- Jan and I have shared the task of ministry and mission work for over 50 years! Countless people have encouraged us, supported us, loved us, and prayed for us. In addition to the customary "Brother Bob" or "Hermano Bob," I am also known as dad and papaw in my family. 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 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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Archive for November, 2009

My Christmas List

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

I have been a list-maker for almost as long as I can remember. I find priorities, focus, and satisfaction as I make lists and mark items as accomplished.

During November, I have been reading and rereading the Christmas stories from the Bible. This month I have preached on the great themes which surface in these brief narratives. Several question continue to echo in my mind. What would I have done had I been there? Would I have been a shepherd, a wise man, an innkeeper, or an oblivious resident of Bethlehem? How would I have heard the news of joy, graciousness, peace, and salvation? Would I have believed reports about a new king being born?

Our culture barely knows or honors the Christmas story. Many have forgotten entirely; others remember only a non-threatening baby born into a poor family. From the story of the shepherds, I have developed a new Christmas list–things I want to make sure I get done this year. I marvel at how the shepherds listened and heard the spectacular announcement, accepted the unbelievable, acted because they wanted to see and experience for themselves, and shared the good news.

Not a bad “to do” list. Christmas resolutions. Things I want to do before the New Year arrives. These will be the topics for my final sermon series of 2009 which begins today.

A Word of Explanation

Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Thank you to all who have checked to see why my regular musings have slowed down in November.  The truth is that the past month or so has been very  busy.  In addition to the usual “busyness” in the local church as the holidays approach, there have been several distractions in the local congregation due to elder resignations and the departure of our youth minister. And, while this a busy time in the work of the local church, it is also a busy time because of the upcoming annual board meeting of the Association Amicus in Honduras.

I have been preoccupied with outlining and arranging details of the board meeting, and contemplating how the political situation might affect the meeting and Baxter graduation.  I am pleased that almost all of the members of the board are planning to be in Honduras next week for the board meeting and graduation.  It appears that there will be about 30 North American guests–some decrease from years past, but a good number in view of the political uncertainty.

I spent a few days in Blacksburg, Virginia earlier this month, visiting VCOM (Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine). VCOM is a partner in the medical part of the mission work we do in Honduras. I also had the opportunity to speak at the Blacksburg church on Wednesday night. I came home on a redeye into Tulsa, drove home, and the next day we had a garage sale. Fortunately, the items we had sold out in one day, so Saturday gave some down time before Sunday!

Thanksgiving Day has now passed, but our holiday continues as all of our sons and families are assembling today for our family Thanksgiving. I leave next week for Honduras. Based on past experience, a full slate of activities does not allow much time for reflection and blogging during this week of meetings and graduation. Thus, it will likely be the second week of December before I resume a regular writing schedule.

In the meantime, I continue writing, and generally post several articles at a time on the website. Thank you for your patience–keep checking this blog and the website–I will post available items as quickly as possible.


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Thanks–bunches of you diligent social networkers have noticed that today is someone’s birthday.

I like the greeting of one of my former students from Panama:  Happy “Bob Young” Day

Since I have been remiss in posting favorite quotations of late, today seems a good day to share one of my “most favorites”.

Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that those who have the most live the longest.

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