Think. Laugh. Weep. Worship.

I enjoy reading. There was a day I needed to read in order to ratify my convictions and attending presuppositions. Those days have long since passed. I like diversity. My blogroll provides an illustration. I should also note many in my blogroll share my convictions and position. The discerning reader will have to make his or her determinations. Should any reader have a question about a particular subject or issue, I would be happy to entertain an e-mail exchange. You may use the contact form to do so.

Yesterday the SBC Outpost offered Emily Hunter McGowin to write a guest piece. She did not disappoint. In typical Outpost fashion it stirred quite the conversation. After reading her post I added her to my blogroll. Thoughtful. Articulate. Charitable. Honest. You, dear reader, should take some time with her writing. She offered a “Prayer for the Christian Scholar” on her own blog – Think, Laugh, Weep, Worship. – yesterday. I reproduce it here in hopes you will see the value of reading her blog.

Prayer for the Christian Scholar
Rescue me, Jesus.
Rescue me from the insatiable need to be right.
…from the anger, bitterness, frustration, harshness, and sarcasm that arise from the compulsion to be right.
…from blocked ears, a closed mind, and a cold heart.
…from a spirit that is slow to listen, quick to speak, and quick to become enraged.
…from hatred, resentment, and loathing of my critics.
…from the spirit of superiority that seeks to dominate and control those with whom I disagree.
…from self-righteousness, self-centeredness, self-aggrandizement, and self-worship.
…from jumping to conclusions and leaping to condemnations.
…from intellectual snobbery, denominational arrogance, and spiritual conceit.
Rescue me, Jesus.
Rescue me from me. (Emily Hunter McGowin)

About the Author
Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

3 comments on “Think. Laugh. Weep. Worship.

  1. I don’t know if its proper blogging etiquette to comment on a post about you, but its easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, I think. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the recommendation, Todd. I am a fan of your blog, though I do not comment often. Honetly, I entered the blogosphere with fear and trembling, uncertain how I would be received. I am grateful to God for encouraging co-laborers like you.

    BTW: There’s no hyphen in my name. “Hunter” is my middle name–used to be my maiden name. I go by Emily McGowin in day-to-day life and add the “Hunter” for academic/publishing occasions.

    If it hadn’t been such a red herring, I would have explained on the Outpost yesterday that the other reason I kept “Hunter” is that I’m the last one after my beloved grandfather’s death. I keep it as much out of respect and honor of him as anything else.

  2. Todd Littleton says:

    You need neither permission nor forgiveness.

    Glad to make the proper change to your name. After the ridiculous comments about your name at the Outpost I wanted to be sure to have it right.

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