Look for the hope!!!
For 28 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. August 2018, I semi-retired.
The name Dr. B. is something I want to hold onto as it reminds me of my teaching days. My students (most of my students) called me (I know they could have, and perhaps did call me other things when I couldn't hear).
The name of the blog is a change effective August 1, 2020. I love to play the guitar, but truly all I do is strum chords and the G-Chord is the first one I learned when I started complaining. Every time is see the new name "G-Chord" reminds me of God. It isn't that it is "G" but that it is the first I learned. OK, you win. Being the G chord reminds me that I need to get out of here.
So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet.
I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. My most recent full-time appointment was serving as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also 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).
While I taught school (High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology) during the 2018-2019 school year, I served part-time in a temporary role at Groveton and Prairie View United Methodist Churches.
July 1, 2019, I began as the pastor at Huntington United Methodist Church in Huntington, Texas. This is also a part-time appointment. That is why I am waiting with great anticipation to see what else God has for me to do.
My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 42 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 Northeast Texas.
I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodcarving. I play the guitar (badly, but I still like doing it). I collect, repair and restore guitars too. The number of guitars that "belong" to me is a bit fluid. depending on what I bought to repair and resell. There are a total of 17 guitars, 1 baritone Ukulele, and an acoustic-electric bass. Two of the guitars will likely head back out the door before long. I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give my prayer ropes away.
I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology.
This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too.
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. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here.
With Joy and Thankfulness,