Some you are probably thinking “What! What happened to ReSetpreacher? I’ve changed the name for two reasons. First, I’ve been rewriting some of the first of my book and thinking about what is being done in my life. Yes, my life feels reset. I am back to full time ministry. But frankly if a new start is all that’s happened, I’ll just mess it up again. What is happening to me is much more than that. I am being remade. God is changing me in so many ways.
Second reason for the name change: I’ve been looking back over my writing, particularly my story and realize an error. I’ve gone through chronologically as I have in my book. I now believe I need to get to the hope my life has brought much sooner, to “the good stuff”. So I’ll be taking down some of the posts and bringing them back later interspersed among posts about victory, relationship with God and my brothers and the Almighty’s amazing nature. I hope to add many readers now as well.
If you are wondering what happened to the posts on my story, I have removed them for the time being due to a publishing agreement. Don’t get too excited yet, I’m entering the book in a contest. If disappointed, comment and I’ll consider including you in my pre-editing group. Thanks for understanding
This picture was taken of the North Shore of Kauai from Captain Andy’s tour boat. The weather was very cooperative, so we traveled farther up the coast than typical. Saw the sights and even had an introduction to snorkeling.
While in Lihue we met Bruce Baumgartner, pastor of Calvary Chapel there. We enjoyed his story, how God led him to ministry and Kauai. We also were fascinated with his telling of knowing Bethany Hamilton and the making of the movie of her story Soul Surfer. It is the inspirational telling of Bethany being attacked by a shark and losing her arm while surfing. Her faith sustained her and amazingly she is back to being a professional surfer. She also now travels the country to tell her story. She believes that God allowed this to further His kingdom. Be sure and watch the documentary if you watch the movie. I also spent an hour introducing him to Spiritual Battle Plan and hope to work with him to bring it there.
I apologize for taking so long to blog. I just could not seem to get back into writing after our trip to Hawaii. Yes, we went to Hawaii! Linda learned that we could use our home leave there for a real vacation this year. It is cheaper for the Army to send us there from Korea than to the rest of the country. And for some reason she would rather do that than go to Dallas. Ha! We had a wonderful time.
We especially enjoyed the island of Kauai. For those of you planning a trip to Hawaii, I highly recommend you get off of Oahu and see this island. The botanical gardens there are amazing! We saw scenery and sat on a giant Banyan tree that was featured in Jurassic Park. Beautiful flowers are everywhere on the island but the plant life in Allerton Gardens is something else!
Before going to see Man Of Steel, I saw the trailer which begins with a scene from Krypton. Superman’s Mother, Lana says “He will be an outcast, they will kill him.” His father, Jor el (played by Russell Crowe) says “How? To them, he will be a god!”
Upon seeing this trailer I was offended. I was under the impression that the originators of the superman comic had patterned him after Jesus Christ. This impression came from some unknown source in the past and was reinforced by picking up and taking a cursory look at The Gospel According to the World’s Greatest Superhero By Stephen Skelton. Preparing for this blog , I looked a little closer. Skelton points out that the first originators of the comic book were Jewish. But he also found there are many contributors to the Superman story and discovered “that some of the storytellers in the Superman canon have deliberately worked to infuse the narrative with their religious, even Christic, intentions”. You can read more excerpts from the book here: https://www.cbn.com/spirituallife/inspirationalteaching/superman_messianic.aspx
In spite of the offending line, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie. It displays copious amounts of courage, self-sacrifice, tenacity and deep care for others. It easily passed my analyzing whether some thing is worthwhile of my attention (more about this next time), Kent
I decided to let you take a break from introducing myself from my book and look at something current.
Like many boys from my generation, I was enthralled with comic books. Visits to the barber shop were much more tolerable upon finding a table laden with comics there. I even spent some of my hard earned allowance on my own comics. I appreciated visits to my cousin, Kenny, who owned hundreds. Favorites were Superman, Spiderman, Daredevil and The Fantastic Four. These had a profound effect on me, instilling a desire to be more than who I felt I was, to be the hero myself. There also was an important lesson that one person can make a difference. They encouraged me to enjoy reading and added to my vocabulary. Doubt I would have ever learned such words as nemesis, impervious, and invulnerable without them.
Superman seemed to be the most virtuous comic book character. He always did right, never shirked his duty and put others before himself. I, for one, am glad he is back in the limelight. How about you? Who were your favorites?
Finally, I’m taking the big step of beginning a blog. This will be the first of, I hope, many posts. I pray that the Lord will use my words to further the Kingdom. As you may guess from the name, I started out preaching after my time at Abilene Christian University. And now, after thirty years the Lord has brought me back to full time ministry. I only preached for five years. The reasons I gave to myself and others for quitting at that time were:
I never was comfortable with my time, I always seemed to feel I was neglecting my work or I was neglecting my family.
I seemed to have little contact with those outside the church I served.
I did not feel my first wife was comfortable “living in a glass house” and dealing with the pressures of being the “preachers wife”.
Now I admit the real reason, I simply did not have the spiritual strength for the job. You see, the churches I grew up in put great stock in Bible study. And in two colleges I learned a great deal more about how to study the Bible, how to research background, explore related passages and delve into New Testament Greek. These skills were very helpful preparing sermons and teaching classes. I am grateful for them. I am especially grateful for professors and preachers teaching me more about God and about His grace. But I was taught little about having a personal relationship with God, about prayer.