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.


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


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


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


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


I will sing, sing a new song…


“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


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 […]


Fire trucks on parade! @youngesthale


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


New Beginnings @MBUMC


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


Back in the Middle Again


When I was a kid, being in the middle was just the worst. Riding in a car? Worst seat is riding on that awkward hump in the middle. Playing with a ball soon becomes “keep away!” Not enough room on the couch, but a grownup would still insist “You can just squeeze in the middle […]


The proud new owner of a baby bouncing #MBP


Well, I’ve officially moved over to the dark side with my first actually Apple computer since the IIe we had as a kid. Can’t wait to get to work burning up the information superhighway with this Retina MacBook Pro! Published via Pressgram


Farewell & Godspeed from the #halefam


What a wonderful 3 years we’ve spent among the people of Perritte & Nacogdoches! We couldn’t have asked for a better, more blessed community. Thanks to you all. Published via Pressgram


#HaleFam Moving Day, Pt 2


Moving Day, Part 2 2nd verse, same as the first: a little bit louder & a little bit worse! Published via Pressgram