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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

God on a Dirt Road Walking Toward Me

The first chapter in Donald Miller's NYT Best Seller.

In the very first paragraph, Miller, catches my attention and admiration: seemed God was down a dirt road, walking toward me. Years ago He was a swinging speck in the distance; now He is close enough I can hear His singing. Soon I will see the lines on His face.
Most of the chapter is a reflection about his own father who left home when he was a little boy. This fact made it difficult for him to relate to God as "Father." Looking back at my early days, I don't remember having trouble relating to God as Father or Jesus as His Son. I grew up in a good stable home where there was a loving mother and strong reliable father. For me, God was the old man upstairs. But, I think I realized that he was spirit and lived inside me. I used to talk to God all the time. I talked to him like I talked to anyone. I was not afraid nor was I bashful about telling him all my thoughts. I didn't need to tell him all my sins, he already knew those. It seemed only natural to assume that he knew my every action.


Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

The Father image has never been a struggle for me either. But not for some predictable reasons. It's simply a way to talk about are many of the other images that scripture gives us.

But, honestly, I was not baptized an infant, but there was not follow through. So, I did not inherit the baggage that Miller seems to have.

4/29/2008 8:55 PM  
Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

Hey there. I've posted a third reflection and sent an e-mail to the congregation. We'll see who checks in to see what I'm thinking. I would love it if you could swing by and comment.

Also, you have been in my prayers. I too have been struggling with my brain of late. I have an appointment with my doctor next week. Yay.

God be merciful...

5/02/2008 7:07 AM  

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