A FEW PERSONAL NOTES
The first issue of “Hugh’s News & Views” was sent out on November 11, 2010. That first issue was titled “What’s This?” In it I explained that HNV was a personal medium that would be sent to family, friends, neighbors, fellow Christians, and others who might be interested in receiving it. I said that I would discuss biblical, religious, and spiritual matters, political, social, and cultural matters, recreation, entertainment, and sports matters, and, from time to time, personal and family matters. Today’s edition falls into the latter category.
Recently, The Jenkins Institute published a book titled Before I Go: Notes From Older Preachers, written to encourage younger preachers. I was honored to be included in the contributors to this book, and was pleased to write on “Faithfulness Over the Long Haul.” One of the things that amazes me is how quickly I became an “older preacher.” It seems only a few short years ago that I was being referred to as one of our young preachers, and then all of a sudden I went to being an older preacher (one of our “veteran” preachers). I don’t know what happened to the middle years, but apparently they constitute a very narrow time-frame!
Jeff and Dale Jenkins conduct The Jenkins Institute, named in honor of their father, Jerry Jenkins, who preached for over 40 years for the Woodlawn/Roebuck Parkway church in Birmingham, Alabama, and with whom I was in school at Freed-Hardeman College (now University) 60 years ago. Jeff preaches for the church in Lewisville, Texas (a suburb of Dallas), and Dale preaches for the Spring Meadows church in Spring Hill, Tennessee. Both of them are in their “middle years”! They wrote the Foreword to the above book. The book consists of sixteen chapters, the last of which is an interview with the great preacher, George W. Bailey, now in his 90s, who began preaching at the age of 15, and has preached literally all the way around the world! Preachers young and old can profit from reading George’s advice.
What was so interesting to me personally is that of the other fifteen chapters of the book, five of them were written by those of us who were students together at Freed-Hardeman University in the mid 1950s. Gerald Romine and I entered the college in 1955, Jay Lockhart came in 1956, and Dan Jenkins and David Sain came in 1957. Therefore, almost one third of this book was written by men who were all students together at Freed-Hardeman within a three year span of each other!
Other contributors to the book include Hardeman Nichols, Stafford North, Cecil May, Howard Norton, and Robert K. Oglesby, Sr. The book needs to be read by all young preachers. It sells for $12.99, plus S&H. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, contact me.
On another note, Jan and I will be leaving tomorrow, D.V., for Florida where I will be preaching in a meeting with the South Florida Avenue church in Lakeland beginning this coming Sunday and continuing through the following Wednesday evening. We will drive to Palm City, just north of West Palm Beach on the East Coast, where Jan will visit with our son and his family while I am in Lakeland (across the state near Tampa).
The South Florida Avenue church is the home of the Florida School of Preaching, and in addition to preaching the six services of the meeting, I will speak in the School’s chapel services Monday through Wednesday. I am looking forward to both the meeting and the time with the students in the School of Preaching. Following the meeting, I will return to Palm City, pick up Jan, and we will drive up to the Gulf Coast of north Florida (the Panhandle) and spend a few days relaxing and enjoying the great Gulf Coast seafood. We will be gone for about two weeks. Consequently, there will not be another “News and Views” until November 10.
Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here and Jan and I will be off to St. Charles, Missouri for a Young Family Reunion. God is good!
October 20, 2015
October 25-28: SouthFloridaAvenueChurch of Christ, Lakeland, FL.