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In an earlier post, Joelan's 13th Birthday, I shared about my son and his buddies becoming godly young men. Well, let me share with you about another group of boys growing up in the faith. Sunday at Graystone Church, I had the privilege of baptizing three awesome boys: Taylor Bell, Ethan Lane, and Andrew Dyer.
This was very special for me, because I had the opportunity to help their dads grow spiritually when they were football players at the school formally known as West Georgia College.
In Christian circles, Halloween is a fairly controversial topic. Most churches opt out of Halloween and have a "Fall Festival". The youth at Graystone Church are having a Halloween Bash at the Land. From day one, my kids (10 and 8 years old) have always enjoyed trick or treating. Both of them love costumes. Joelan was a superhero five of the first six years of his life.
Last Thursday night at Atlanta Fest, Jennifer, Joelan and I got to meet Dave Crowder backstage then sit in the “VIP” seats for the Dave Crowder Band concert. We absolutely loved it! It was the best concert I have ever experienced. A big THANK YOU goes out to Jared Oneal for hooking us up with the all access passes.
One of my Big Crazy Dreams (BCD) is to have The DC*B play a concert at Graystone Church. Right now, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. We’ll see.
For me, the highlight of the 5th Annual Graystone Golf Classic was a guest appearance by Matt Harvie. Matt hung out with everyone at the end of the tourney, then he hit around 100 golf balls at the driving range. At the awards ceremony, I was able to give Matt a “goody” bag and present him with a check for $1000.
I want to THANK everyone who played in the golf tournament and/or sponsored it in anyway. I also want to say a big THANK YOU to Tony Dudish for picking Matt up and getting him to and from the tourney.
Earlier this week, I received a thank you note to Graystone from Kelly, Matt’s wife, and a handwritten thank you note from Matt. I have attached a picture of both below. If you cannot read Matt’s letter, here is what it says. God is good! Let’s keep trusting God for Matt’s full recovery.
Thanks for allowing me to show up at the golf tourney on Friday. Thanks for the check as well as the hat and shirt. It was good to talk with all the fellows as well. I need to walk soon so I can play golf and tennis with you!
I participated in a Pastor’s Conference this week with the Directors of Campus Outreach. It was great to catch up with old friends and dream together about sending laborers into the harvest field (Matthew 9:36-38). The highlight of the conference was getting to spend some time with one of my heroes in the faith, Rev. Frank Barker. In 1960, Rev. Barker planted and began pastoring Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Over the last 50 years, Briarwood has been one of the most evangelistic and missions-minded churches in the world. Rev. Barker is now in his 80′s and has served the last 10 years as Pastor Emeritus. But it sounds to me like he is still ministering as if he were in his 50′s.
Rev. Barker is one of the pastors who encouraged me to go to seminary and become a church planter and pastor. Monday at dinner, we shared ministry “war” stories about being a pastor…officiating weddings, building campaigns, and taking huge steps of faith. God has used Rev. Barker to impact hundreds of thousands of lives for all eternity, and he remains one of the most humble men I know.
I got to know Rev. Barker through playing tennis together, and he still plays 3 days a week. On Monday evening at the conference, we broke into small groups to pray, and I had the honor of Rev. Barker praying for me. I can’t tell you how much it meant to me personally for him to pray for me, my family (specifically that my kids would not feel the pressure of being pastor’s kids) and Graystone Church. God is good!