“While Sitting in My Study I Thought…” is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog “Bishop,” but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn’t involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn’t care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet.

Bishop and I live in Sweeny, Texas where I am the pastor at First United Methodist Church. For the past 25 years I have served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC, rural Smith County Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (first UMC).

My wife Cindy and I have been married for almost 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas.

I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have also recently begun singing with a Barbershop Chorus. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts.

I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing from San Jacinto College, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology.

This blog may take on many different forms. Sometimes I will write about things I see in society. Sometimes it may be about something I read or heard (while driving I listen to many audio books). At other times it may be something I see, something where I see God’s hand at work or something that speaks to me. I also might find my inspiration in the words of Scripture, particularly from my devotions or the Revised Common Lectionary. Though I rarely preach from the Lectionary these days, I still read it most every week.

If you scroll back far enough you may find some very old posts from three years ago (2013) or even older. These were from other blogs that used other names but I decided to leave them.

I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away.

Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me.

Sweeny, Texas
September 2016

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