October 6th, 2016

Kendra and I will be leaving early Monday to attend a four-day conference in Montreat—“DISGRACE, Seeking God’s Grace Amid the Disgrace of Racism.” Keynote speakers include political scientist and television host Melissa Harris-Perry; professor of Church Growth and Evangelism Soong-Chan Rah; and Anthea Butler of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to the keynote addresses, there will be panel discussions and optional sessions exploring institutional racism in the Church. It’s a conference I want to attend while knowing it will not be an easy week. Please pray for openness to the Spirit and good learning.

When Kendra returns to Blacksburg Thursday, I will meet Robert and go on down to Atlanta to see our son and daughter-in-law for a few days. I’ll then be staying on through Wednesday to attend my first board meeting of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, on which I have been nominated to serve. It will require two physical meetings a year—in October and April—and two electronic meetings. I feel honored to be on the Smith board, and rather than take on another assignment with the Presbytery, will let this be my service to the greater Church for the next three years. Again, I ask for your prayers for me as I begin this new endeavor. I’ll be back at BPC on Thursday, October 20th.


Scripture Readings for Sunday, October 9, 2016: Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7; 2 Timothy 2:8-15

The prayer list can be found here.