Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Wonderful Week

This week I had the privilege of participating in a Time of Refreshing retreat sponsored by Bob Russell ministries. It was fantastic. Six other ministers and I spend three days learning from Bob Russell, staff and elders from Southeast Christian Church, and Jack Hillerich, President of Louisville Slugger (photo is of the group with Mr. Hillerich). We stayed at the Country Lake Camp, and we also toured Southeast and Louisville Slugger. The retreat really lived up to its name. I was refreshed and encouraged. And I got to meet six new preacher friends.

I also celebrated the 24th anniversary of my ordination to ministry. I am so blessed to get to do what I do. I still love it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Ed Bousman

I first heard Ed Bousman preach at the Hillsboro Family Camp in 1987. I had never heard of him before, but he really impressed me. He was the first person I had even known who had memorized the entire New Testament. Over the years, I had the privilege of hearing him many times.

Ed was from Newport News, VA. He was a Timothy of the 24th Street Church of Christ (later named Northside Christian Church). That church gave birth to the Northampton Church of Christ (a church I served for a number of years). Ed used to tell me that he considered Northampton his home church too. I remember one Sunday morning when I looked out and saw him seated in the congregation. I was very nervous, but he was encouraging afterwards (as he was many times through the years).

This morning, Ed went to be with the Lord. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8