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.

post

Excellent in Every Way: #umbom14 Reflections

5245704449_0b4bcbbe61_o

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 […]

post

#umbom14 Panel w @Bishop_La

wpid-53ecf10041b5a5.75998005.jpg

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

post

Movie Night!

wpid-53dd954e5a97c9.21526018.jpg

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

post

Welcome to the Southwest District @txac

wpid-53dd138f9911a6.88820142.jpg

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

post

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

wpid-53ca9378c3c309.38627392.jpg

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

post

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

wpid-53c471827e1f07.78168882.jpg

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

post

I will sing, sing a new song…

wpid-53bfc6eba0fc40.67765853.jpg

“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

post

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 […]

post

Fire trucks on parade! @youngesthale

wpid-53b6ccf141e503.18057049.jpg

Hard to tell how excited he is Happy 4th of July, y’all. Published via Pressgram

post

New Beginnings @MBUMC

wpid-53b32d66700576.80899938.jpg

What a privilege to be a pastor at Mission Bend UMC! Not done with my first day and it already feels like home. Published via Pressgram

css.php