This week marks one year since I last served as a full-time minister. In that period we have moved to Stillwater and I have embarked on a library career that will hopefully sustain me until retirement.
Finding a church was a long and arduous process. There was NOTHING in Ponca City that worked for us as a family. Fortunately, we only had to live in that town for 3 months after I quit preaching.
In January we placed membership at a Christian Church here in Stillwater and I have been able to blend into the woodwork and maintain a much-needed level of anonymity. Until last week, that is.
I was invited to preach on August 1st and then this past Sunday I taught the teen class. Needless to say, I am anonymous no more.
The upshot is that the sermon was well received and led me to the conclusion that I miss preaching and teaching.
It is all the rest of it that I can do without.
If only there was a church where I could simply preach on a part-time basis and not have to deal with the rest.
But there is ordination which I have no time for. And there is my lingering antipathy to what modern day church is all about: money, buildings, etc.
I think I will just stick to the library.