20150504_091311It’s been about 3 1/2 months since I last posted here. I think that means it’s time to get back in the saddle.

The main reason for my blog lying fallow for so long is related to a major change that has happened recently in my family’s life: I was appointed by my bishop to be the senior pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Springdale, Arkansas.

That appointment began in July, so much of May and June were devoted to finishing up my work at Memphis Theological Seminary and preparing for our move. Since the beginning of July, I’ve been learning the ropes here at First Church. So my plate has been full!

Like all major moves in life, this one has taken a great deal of focus and energy. We had to say some difficult goodbyes to friends in Marion (where we were living) and at MTS (where I was teaching). Yet we also had the good fortune to say many wonderful hellos to new friends and colleagues here in Springdale.

I’m back in full-time pastoral ministry, and I’m taking to it like a duck to water. Our new church is tremendous. I have a dedicated staff working with me that is talented and faithful. The congregation is hungry for ministry and mission. And my family and I already love Northwest Arkansas after just a few weeks — both the cities in this region and the Ozark Mountains are fantastic.

My plan is to start posting frequently again, and there is actually a lot of news to share this fall. I don’t want to do that all in one post. So I’ll space it out over the next few weeks. If you are still a subscriber or still stopping by every once in a while, thanks for hanging in there with me. I also hope to do an overhaul to the website soon — both in terms of content and design.

So there is plenty more to come. Stay tuned.