October 20, 2019 — Akron and Pittsburgh

Last Friday I began to get a cold and I am still fighting it. The symptoms are remarkably mild and I have been able to keep all my appointments, but it wears on me. I had a wonderful time at Proclamation Pres. last Sunday, but I was tired afterward.

Ruth and I got an early start on Monday. We drove to Morgantown, WV where I left her with Peter and Megan so she could spend the week playing with the grandchildren. I drove on to Akron, Ohio and had a delightful dinner with Nate and Naomi Bower. I got a good night’s sleep that night and slept in until 8:00 on Tuesday. Nate and I spent Tuesday together discussing his ministry at the University of Akron. He has made amazing progress sharpening the ministry and developing student leaders. I took a nap in the afternoon and went to the Large Group Meeting in the evening where Nate preached a predictably solid sermon.

I spent Wednesday morning with Nate, then drove to State College to have dinner with Cam and Kaela Smith. I saw them a month ago when they were still reeling from the beginning of semester activity in a new place and on a much larger campus than they had been accustomed to. The pace of life has settled some for them now, although they have come to the healthy realization that it will take a year to fully adjust to this new position.

On Thursday I drove to Pittsburgh and met with students and the intern at the University of Pittsburgh. I don’t know how he does it – it’s certainly the grace of God – but Derek’s RUF group gets stronger every year. Derek preached a stunning sermon that night. I had brunch with Derek and Luda Friday morning where we shared difficult things we are experiencing. I finished with Pitt by mid-afternoon, so I had dinner with Benjamin that evening and then returned to Morgantown.

Ruth and I drove home yesterday morning and arrived in time to do a week’s worth of chores and for me to finish my sermon. This morning I preached at Hope Presbyterian Church in Scranton. I had the strength to complete everything, but I am looking forward to the end of this cold.

This week I will be at Westminster Theological Seminary recruiting for RUF, then visiting RUF at Millersville University.

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