My faith walk has been circuitous. I grew from a childhood in the church to a young adulthood away from worshipful opportunities. Despite the distance I placed between myself and God there was always a calling that became harder to resist. I found myself involved in a growing number of outreach activities, frequent church attendance and a greater satisfaction with life in general. I became more comfortable living as myself. If that sounds vague or difficult to understand, it is. It is not a clear-cut, divine revelation that some people experience. I found myself inescapably drawn to activities that were aligned with the kingdom of God.
I have found joy in ministry. I have found a home in service to the poor and hurting. I gladly fill the role of a shepherd for my Family of Faith. I have discovered skills that I had not utilized as I became involved in church leadership. I have become comfortable with these talents that are obviously God given and successfully merged them with skills I have honed over a long career. I have found a passion for preaching but in the sense of teaching. I have found one of my strengths is that of leadership which has enabled me to create collaboratives both inside and outside of the church. This has enabled much more work to be accomplished, such as my experience in Galveston during the hurricane ike recovery and my work at Mission Milby. We partnered with other agencies of differing denominations and faiths.
My first theology professor, Dr. Theodore Walker...
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...these evil. While these are certainly cause pain, they are all naturally occurring in our world. Some of them are the consequences or result of human action: a home built too close to the shore, a person who smokes excessively or participates in any activity that leads to negative results such as illness.
There are other tragedies that are outside my understanding, a child born with cystic fibrosis, a terrible accident, my brother’s death from disease, mental illness and others. These could be labeled as evil and I would not argue because of the sorrow these cause. The Harper Collins Bible Dictionary defines evil as “all forms of evil are regarded as ultimately occasioned by the disobedience and rebellion of the human race” . And yet we still have these mysteries that we live with in this world and can only look forward to this revelation in the world to come
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