About expatminister

Aren't we what we repeatedly love? My wife, being GeekDad to the 4 superkids, United Methodist pastoring, Texas, science fiction and other nerdy pursuits, words (speaking, listening, writing, reading), Britain, music, camping, tech, baseball, practicing theology. Jesus. Coffee.

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Day Off for Blue Bell

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Kids have a day off from school so it’s time for a classic Texas road trip. Looking forward to the tour *and* the ice cream samples! We eat all we can & we sell the rest! Published via Pressgram

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Stormclouds gathering above the Williams Tower #houwx

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Thunderstorms roll in to the Uptown/Galleria area of Houston this afternoon. Now with dramatic lighting! Published via Pressgram

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Excellent in Every Way: #umbom14 Reflections

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I’ve been attending a denominational gathering for the last few days in beautiful Denver, Colorado. The United Methodist Church agency charged with ministry & higher education has gathered regional leaders from across the United States to be in the same room together for a conversation about excellence in ministry. These Bishops, Cabinets, and officers of […]

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#umbom14 Panel w @Bishop_La

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Thankful for leaders willing to share what works & what doesn’t within the #UMC supervisory structure as we work together for excellence in leadership. Published via Pressgram

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Movie Night!

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Amazing summer evening for outdoor Avengers! “How bad is it?” Fury asks Coulson… Published via Pressgram

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Welcome to the Southwest District @txac

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Summertime always means the district picnic, & today we’re getting officially welcomed by the superintendent, Jay Jackson. He’s not pointing at me, I promise! Published via Pressgram

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Because @christiehale couldn’t come to @houstonzoo with us :)

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Yep, the kids wanted to come here first. Published via Pressgram

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VBS selfie with the Persian court (aka youth drama crew)

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Mission Bend has been converted into the Workshop of Wonders this week! These youth shared the story of Esther with the kids & had a great time doing it. So much fun! Published via Pressgram

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I will sing, sing a new song…

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“I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.” Wherever you find yourself today, may God be close at hand. Published via Pressgram

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The Kingdom on God’s Terms: Begin

Bearing a Heavy Weight Together. Sculpture in Komarno, Slovakia.

It was a bit strange to have welcomed folks into worship at Mission Bend this Sunday when we were the first-timers: it really ought to have been the other way around! But Christie and I had a wonderful Sunday of meeting the people of MBUMC, getting to share at least a little bit of our […]

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