As I heard the wonderful tributes given at my retirement service I pondered how blest I have been in this life. There were highs and lows, yet there’s no regrets. Much I traveled with my political oriented Dad. I have visited some 76 countries, (some just stop-over’s but yet a visit adding up to a wonderful life, it was a blessing. I have traveled all the Caribbean and most of Europe
which is like traveling the USA state-by-state which I have done except Idaho
Beginning in the 70‘s I explored AFRICA visiting
Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Somalia, South-Africa, South-Sudan, Uganda.
Zimbabwe (when it was ...
Beloved in Christ, our retirement service was a blessing and well attended by pastors, area church delegations, and community leaders. (It pleased me that a bugler did not play “Taps” after all the nice things were said!)
Not many who came believed I was retiring, but I explained I was not leaving the ministry, just the administrative duties of the ACW. New leaders, to whom I shall give my full support, are now in place.
I have lived in the Bellville community for the past 22 years and have developed many spiritual and personal relationships. Therefore, with the House Of Bishops’ permission, I shall take the charge as Dean of the Cathedral here at the Good Shepherd ......
In 2008 I completed my book of poems now bring revised as part of my upcoming biography that, God willing, will be published next year. As retirement draws nigh this coming Sunday I will share one of the poems daily. l hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
Monday October 29. 2018
Whatever Faith There Be (2005)
The World with all its myriad differences
Is no less fabulous in its own way and means.
I begin to wonder--
Have I dwelt too much of late among the shining spires
With no companionship,
That the God’s demand?
In the end, all toils are not for naught.
We must ponder of that which was good.
Slay not the fond memories.&...
As I prepare to enter my 45th year of ministry, twenty-two years as bishop, and retirement draws nigh, I look back. There are over 5000 hymns in the Anglican faith, not all written by Anglicans, but the words of the authors helped me hold my faith in Gods service and I thought that I will share them with you. You may not know all of them but if you take a peek, you will find if you research them that you will see how they impacted the faith. Most of the authors have passed on centuries ago, but their everlasting impact remains with us.
I have selected 45 hymns (one for each year) that meant so much to me, and as you look at them, you too may reflect how what they meant to you. Hymns are not only for singing but for reading the joy ...
I have lived a good life. Not a privilege one but comfortable. As a youth it seems following my father’s footsteps to politics would be my life, but then at 14 the inner call of ministry came, from there I would dedicate my life to God’s service. It is not easy as a teenager to make good choices but my path to ministry was one where I have come to know was the best decision made.
In Ministry you have to constantly give your all, there’s no second option to your duty as fresh challenges come daily. If there’s sincerity, you must heed its call.
My journey into the Episcopacy was a non-planned one and for the first year I .........
Recently a 47 year old Deputy-Warden of a juvenile detention center came to us in pain over his Catholic Church (CC). As a life-long catholic considering separation, he wanted to know what the ACW position was regarding all that is going on in his Church. As a good friend, we enquired why he wanted to leave the CC to which he replied the pedophile-problems of their priests was his chief concern, but he had no disagreement with the spiritual teachings of the CC.
There are many administrative answers that we could have given, but we dealt with the question focusing on his faith and encouraged him not to leave the CC because of the malevolent behavior of a few.
2010 on a visit to Oklahoma I peeked into the campus of Oral-Roberts-University, its pristine majesty was overwhelming. In 2011, I visited the Chrystal-Cathedral in California where Dr. Robert-Schuller preside each-week with inspirational messages. In childhood the family would listen to the radio where Billy-Graham, Jerry-Falwell, Jimmy-Swaggert & Maurice Carrillo (among others) gave hope through their messages. We listened intensively, but now these beautiful images are gone, only the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah where I also visited still holds it majesty-of-faith.
Time, political and family infighting have taken these great monuments of faith from us; the Chrystal-Cathedral, Oral Roberts-ministry giants of the .........
Someone recently wrote that the ACW is a Dying-church (ouch) and encourage others to join theirs; this is not very Christ-like but we must consider the source.
This writer embraces the ACW motto “Reaching out to the world” as is evident at the Archdiocese where over 1000 have visited, dined and some lodged in the last 2-years, but our most delightful signal is the “FLAGS”-OF-THE-WORLD” we fly.
The ACW is in possession of all “FLAGS” of the world. We are also in possession of State & Provinces of all countries (over 500), we proudly fly them. When there is conflict in a country, we fly-in-prayer; independence-days, we fly-in-honor and when a guest is in residence, ..................
The phrase that is attached to this is “it's all about you” propped up by thunderous-excuses by those claiming to be friends, but LOYALTY is not to be used for convenience. A recent lesson was personally-painful, but was overshadowed, by the LOYALTY of others.
We saw LOYALTY in its full flow by 4 Bishops in the ACW. Our founder Archbishop-McGuire, Archbishops-Ford, Waterman, Portier, Bishops Tompkins, and Connor; their LOYALTY was a course of action that gave the best of themselves, never just to achieve personal-gains, their LOYALTY was character.
Peter and Judas' loyalty to Jesus was questioned because of their deed, but we make ......
There are over 19,000-cities in the USA. I’ve visited at lease 10,000. You may find that astounding but when you consider that 3.6 miles journey from the Archdiocese to Good-Shepherd I pass thru 5 cities; it’s not hard to imagine. Driving across Route-40 from San Francisco, California to Atlanta in 1992, (took 2-weeks) I’m sure I passed thru 1,000. I’ve visited 49 of the 50 states; IDAHO escapes me.
I’ve traveled to Huntsville-Alabama and many of its cities (AMOIC). Morgantown-West-Virginia. There was darkness all day in Alaska as I traveled to Nome. IDAHO remains a mystery. I’ve lived in Pine-Bluff- Arkansas AMOIC...