The Substance of Faith

The Substance of Faith

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Sunday marked my retirement from First Baptist Church of Rome. It is a wonderful church made up of great people.

I’d like to thank the ministers I’ve worked with:  Keith Reaves, Music and Worship; Tamara Smathers, Education and Administration; John Uldrick, Students and Missions; Gwen Stephens, Interim Faith Development (Children and Preschool.  They are a wonderful group of Christians who are dedicated to their callings.  They have made me a better pastor .

I’d also like to thank the church for hosting a marvelous reception last Thursday night.  Cherry and I were honored and humbled by the presence of everyone who came.  We are not half-way through reading notes, letters, and remembrances that you have sent.

I’m also thankful for conversations that retirement afforded.  Concluding  my ministry at FBC precipitated the opportunity to express affection, respect, healing, and hope to each other in ways that we might not do if next week looked the same as last week.  Routine can kill initiative, but the conclusion of 21 years together made it possible to say things that were long overdue.  I am thankful for these exchanges.

John Head mentioned on Sunday morning that I plan to write.  You could not tell it from visiting this website over the past weeks.   One of my goals is to write here much more often than I haven the past few months. Without a sermon to prepare, The Substance of Faith site will be primary outlet for book reviews and observations.  I’ll have more on those future plans soon.

Again, there are no words to express appreciation to the great people of FBC for your kindness and generosity.  Cherry and I love you all and join you in praying for the Pastor Search Committee as they continue their work.

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