the tentmaker

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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.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Year B - Advent 2

Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Mark 1:1-8
Please read this article from the Baylor Magazine: The Baptist Story. My alma mater.
In ancient times, when a king would travel long distances, his army corps of engineers would precede him on the journey. They would literally prepare the way by cutting down hills and filling in valleys. They would smooth out the rough places so that the king's journey would not be rough and uncomfortable. Isaiah-of-the-Exile calls upon King Cyrus to let the Jews return home. And he uses the metaphor of preparing the way for kings to suggest the preparing the way for the people of God. John used the same metaphor to refer to his own ministry. He was preparing the way for the Messiah. Today we need to knock down all the obstacles, fill in the depressions and smooth out the roughness in our hearts to prepare the way for the Lord Jesus to come into our lives.


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