Today my thirteen-year-old son Logan and I begin a four day road trip across Oklahoma. I am researching the early Baptist mission work among the Native Americans and we will make our way to the old Fort Arbuckle in Southern Oklahoma, Fort Towson in Southeastern Oklahoma, Fort Gibson in Eastern Oklahoma and Mission Hill near Tahlequah in Northeastern Oklahoma. My son is the photographer and I am the interviewer as we will be preparing for a special presentation I will be making for Oklahoma's Centennial Celebration and the Cherokee Outlet Run Anniversary on September 16, 2007. We also will be interviewing a couple of professional golfers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, courtesy of my friend and deacon Herman Hackett. Logan told me to be sure and publicly thank Herman for his generosity in giving us the clubhouse passes for the PGA Tournament at Southern Hills -- Logan says it makes researching the Indians worth it! :)
In addition, today, August 6th, 2007, Rachelle and I celebrate our twenty-fourth wedding anniversary. I can honestly say I am more in love with my wife today than I was on our wedding day. She is not only a wonderful wife and mother, she is my best friend, my soulmate and an absolutely beautiful person in every sense of the word. In other words, she's still one hot mama! :)
Finally, our church is welcoming to our pastoral staff the soon to be Dr. Ben Cole. Culminating a two month long process, our Personnel Committee unanimously voted one week ago last Sunday night, and we announced yesterday morning, the hiring of Ben Cole, Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas. Ben will help us in our small group and media ministries as well as other pastoral duties. Ben will be introduced to our church Sunday morning, August 19th, and he will be sharing with our church his testimony that night. Though he has already briefly worked with our staff in preparing for some of the technical and structual changes needed to launch our new ministries on September 2, he will play a key role in implementing some of those changes this fall. We all believe Ben will be able to contribute greatly to the people and ministries of Emmanuel Baptist Church. I know Parkview loves their pastor and we will be praying for them as they prepare for this time of transition.
Due to the upcoming road trip I will not be posting again until next week. Lord willing, I will respond to any comments or questions late tonight. Have a great week and God's blessings to you all.
In His Grace,