Saturday, December 12, 2009

Congrats to the Altavista High School Colonels!


The Altavista Colonels won the Virginia State Group 1, Single A Football Championship today by defeating J.I. Burton High 27-7 in Salem, VA.

As a proud graduate from the Class of 1979, it's hard to believe the words "football" and "championship" apply to the Colonels. I played on the 1976, 1977, and 1978 football teams. We were awful. I think we won a total of 6 games during my three years.

I remember in 1976 we were about to play Brookville High School. We were the underdogs and "Rocky" was playing at the Vista Theater. On the Thursday night before the game, most of the team went to see the movie together. We came out of the theater determined to give the Brookville Bees a game. The next night Brookville crushed us 40-0 if memory serves.

How times have changed. Congratulations, Colonels!

Friday, December 11, 2009

Have You Put up Your Christmas Tree?



Christmas is two weeks away and we have not put our tree up yet. You might think a Pastor's family would be among the first to decorate for the holidays. Not so!

While I enjoy the end result of Christmas decorating, I don't look forward to pulling everything out of storage. Since our kids are no longer children, there's very little pressure from them to get it done anymore.

Maybe it will get done this weekend. But I have two messages to prepare for Sunday, a funeral visitation, and a funeral to prepare for Monday.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Welcome to Living In Oblivion


I stole the title of my blog from an obscure 1995 independent film starring Steve Buscemi. Steve Buscemi is my oldest daughter's favorite actor. On her 16th birthday, she held a Steve Buscemi film festival at our house with her best friends. Living In Oblivion was one of the featured films.

I think the title gives a pretty good description of life as an American Pastor in a mainline Christian denomination today. I am called to this life fully knowing that the world around me finds the work of a pastor increasingly irrelevant.

Anyway, I have no idea where this will go. Maybe no where. We shall see.