In Touch September 30, 2010

This Odd and Wondrous Calling

Twenty-five years ago “Smokey” Joe Holbrook stumbled up the steps to the pulpit in the Middlebush Reformed Church.  The stated clerk of classis, my friend Paul Walther, jumped up to give my grandpa a hand as he ascended the pulpit, but my grandfather refused and as he straightened his bent body he seemed to receive a power that I knew not of, and, as if plugged into that pulpit, he was energized to give his charge.  It was the day of my ordination, World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October 1986.  (more…)