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What Jimmy Buffett Taught Me About Grandparenting

October 7th 2010 No comments yet  

What Jimmy Buffett Taught Me About GrandparentingConfession time. I am a conservative, west Texas born and raised, retired military, orthodox and evangelical Christian pastor who embraces a Calvinist soteriology and traditional dispensational, premillennial, pre-tribulational eschatology. And I am a Parrothead. The first sentence summarizes my background and beliefs. The second is added flavoring.

For those who do not recognize the term, a “Parrothead” is a coined term identifying a person as a fan of Jimmy Buffett, singer/leader of the Coral Reefer Band and marketing mogul. He trademarked the titles of …

Thoughts from the “Top of Texas”

December 30th 2009 2 comments so far  

On November 8, 2009, my wife, oldest son, and I climbed to the “Top of Texas”- Guadalupe Peak, the highest point in the state. The hike is a 10 mile round trip with a 3,000 foot vertical change with hard climbing the first mile and the last 100 yards from the peak. Our objective was to touch the stainless steel pylon that marks the highest point: 8,749 feet above sea level.

This was the first time my wife Sally and oldest son Martin made the climb. We did so in honor of her sixt, uh, “significant” birthday. …

Providence, Uncle Hugh, and Neal’s sleepless nights

April 29th 2009 No comments yet  

Recently Steve Farrar challenged the Stonebriar congregation to “think of a point when God delivered you from certain death.” I couldn’t help but smile. I have a date, a place, a cast of cohorts, and a context for my deliverance. And can see God’s direct providence as being past, present, and future to the actual incident.

The “present tense” for my deliverance was July 30, 1981 and the time was 4:30 p.m., PDT. The place was 6,000′ down runway from the approach end of Runway 30 at Castle AFB, near Merced, California. The cast of …

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