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.


Day Off for Blue Bell


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


Stormclouds gathering above the Williams Tower #houwx


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


Excellent in Every Way: #umbom14 Reflections


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 […]


#umbom14 Panel w @Bishop_La


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


Movie Night!


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


Welcome to the Southwest District @txac


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


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 […]