I was ordained 30 years ago in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9th. It’s hard to believe that much time has passed. My ordination certificate was signed by many people. Wanda Combs was among them. She was my middle school Sunday School teacher. She saw things in me others could not see. Another was an old preacher named Dick Crews. He was a magnificent role model. Some older women from a church I had served signed it too. They hosted the reception and made a huge cake. Of course, I had no idea that I would someday live in Louisville. Nor any idea that I would spend 14 of those 30 years as your senior minister. I’m not looking for any recognition, or for congratulations of any kind. I just want to thank God for all the special people in my life. I also want tell you how much I love our church. And, that a lot of things have changed in 30 years. But one thing has not changed since I knelt at the alter and hands were laid on me. My burning passion to preach the unconditional love of Jesus Christ for all people and to build an inclusive and radically welcoming church. It’s that love that is changing me and that love that I have seen change people’s lives for 30 years. It’s also the one thing that has caused me the most trouble. This weekend I’m still preaching in John and the message is from John 10:1-16. It’s called the Good Shepherd. I hope to see you, and I promise to bring my best.
I love our church,
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