Friends

Cordell Mows the Parsonage – In Memoriam

Living in a church parsonage, or “manse” as some would be more familiar, presents some interesting situations. Some of my pastor friends shared stories of people walking into the parsonage unannounced. After all, it was the “church’s house.” We did not encounter any of these instances in the two … Continue reading

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An Appeal for a Friend

Rick never asks anyone to do what he himself is not willing to do. He taught me this as I served with him in my first vocational staff position. Over the years he has assisted countless people because he positioned himself financially to be prepared to help. Once again … Continue reading

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(Not) Sponsor – John Franke

According to a recovering addict friend of mine, everyone has an addiction. He may well be right. Tim Keller suggests everyone suffers the possession of a “functional idol.” That is, everyone gives something a place in their life that would change everything were it removed. So religious and non-religious … Continue reading

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(Not) Sponsors – Frank Gantz

Father Frank. No, Frank never participated in a high church tradition. Instead, when I met Frank he was a father. Some of us who came to know Frank while at Oklahoma Baptist University saw this “old guy” and could not resist the reference. In college we became fast friends. … Continue reading

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Ode to Larry – Pilot Down

“Three Pilots and a Preacher.” We met 15 years ago. All three pilots were part of the Kerr-McGee flight crew. Larry, Sully and David comprised the pilots in our oft played foursome. I was the preacher. I guess it was the meshing of schedules. They did not fly every … Continue reading

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