Last night, Micah got to meet one of the most important men in my life. It was well past her bedtime and she was exhausted (hence the look on her face in the picture), but I’m so glad she finally got to meet her Uncle Robert.
It would be an understatement to say that I approached my preaching classes at Beeson with trepidation. I wasn’t exactly the kind of person who enjoyed standing up in front of a crowd and speaking. I’ve always been more comfortable behind a keyboard than a podium.
But God doesn’t always keep us where we’re comfortable.
Dr. Robert Smith is without doubt one of the best preachers in America. I am so privileged not only to know him but to call him my mentor and friend. He has prayed for me. Strengthened me. Encouraged me. Challenged me.
And last night, Micah got to meet him. It was so sweet to see my little girl with one of the most influential people in my life. I hope that it’s the first of many meetings.
What about you? Who are your mentors? Tell me your stories.
Until next time, grace and peace.
According to Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, Christianity is becoming a “thoroughly globalized international phenomenon that tramples all of the boundaries and distinctions that we’re used to.
…Christianity is far from dead; in fact, it is thriving in unexpected places among unexpected people. Christianity and the message of the Bible resonate with people in the Global South, the nations of Africa, Latin and Central America, and most of Asia.
Jenkins lectured at Beeson Divinity school in March 2008. This month, the Beeson Journal published a brief article I wrote about the lectures. To read the article and find out more about Jenkins’ research into global Christianity, click here.
“I spend half of every week in a dorm room and leave the upkeep of our house in Iuka, Mississippi, to Dennis, my husband. Typical of first houses, one project or another constantly begs for attention.”
As as student at Beeson Divinity School, I helped collect, edit and write a series of Lenten devotions written by students and faculty. We published the devotions and distributed them to the Beeson family to use for personal reflection during the 2008 Lenten season. I pulled the preceding quote from one of the two devotions I wrote that were published in the book.
To read the full devotions I contributed to the project, click here.
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