Friday, June 24, 2005

Back in the Saddle

I just returned from twelve days in Hawaii. It was a wonderful experience. I spent several days with my daughter, Rachel. It was her HS graduation present. She could choose anywhere she wanted to go, but she had to go with me and only me. Poor me, she chose Hawaii. After some days with her, my wife (Jennifer) joined me for the last several days in Hawaii.

Kevin Gilbert ministers for the Wahiawa Church on Oahu. He had asked about coming there several times. Consequently, I combined ministry with pleasure--or perhaps a pleasurable ministry--and consented to speak at the church several times while there. I spoke there on Friday and Saturday evening, and then at a combined service with the Christian Church in Haleiwa on the North Shore. I spoke on unity: shared water (same baptism), shared worship (around the same throne), and shared table (same Supper).

Kevin (Ph.D. from Southern Seminary in theology) is now Academic Dean at the International College and Graduate School in Honolulu. It is an interdenominational undergraduate school and seminary.

God blessed us with a wonderful time of re-creation through scenic beauty, wonderful weather, enjoyable fellowship and historic tours (Arizona Memorial). And our most enjoyable moment was a time of fellowship last Sunday morning with a combined gathering of members of the Church of Christ and Waialua Christian Church on the North Shore. God is good.

Shalom,

John Mark

6 Comments:

At 1:08 PM, Blogger daniel greeson said...

I love hearing about reconciliation and the power of unity. Praise God for the power of His ONE body.

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger TCS said...

Glad to have you back.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Dee O'Neil Andrews said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip and great fellowship while you were in Hawaii. But, we really missed you here in blogland and are happy for your safe return!

Thanks for the uplifting followup.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Josh.Graves said...

THe NBA Finals ended just as you returned...which means I'll go from one idolatry (Sports) to another (keeping up with the reading for your classes)...j.k.

Glad you're back.

Josh

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger jettybetty said...

Hawaii is my favorite place on earth! Just love it.
My favorite issue on earth is Christian unity--and you got both in the same trip!
I just finished your book "Come to the Table"--it wasn't exactly what I expected--it was better!
Blessings!
JB

 
At 12:18 PM, Blogger John Mark Hicks said...

Glad to be back! Thanks for the encouragement. And, Josh, some idolatries are better than others...I'm sure you enjoyed the NBA finals much more than you will some of the readings. :-)

 

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