Monday, July 14, 2008

Departure

We raise our Starbucks glasses... We eat some Mango Habanero chicken wings... We down a pint or two of Guinness... All for our good friend Soebs, who is leaving our little community for the bustling town of Springfield, Illinois. Later this week, he'll be starting at a new church serving as senior high minister.

We wish Soebs well. He's really a man that desires to see God's people get excited about ministry, about evangelism, and about serving the poor. He's got a heart for all that stuff, and he's never been short on laughter and encouragement. He's not afraid to let his voice be heard (after all, anyone within a two-mile radius can hear him) and, like many of us, he's got opinions and passions that he'd be happy to share with you.

Darin departed just a couple of months ago for a preaching job near Atlanta. Joe is no longer serving as an elder. Macca is an ex- (recovering?) worship minister himself. The makeup of the contributors to the Java Jesus blog has changed greatly in a short period of time!

Of course, the great thing about the Internet is that we can continue to discuss and debate our ideas, philosophies, and methodologies, even if we're spread out a bit. And this way, we can add smiley emoticons to diffuse any loud arguments.

Thanks for that, Internet!

10 comments:

Big Doofus said...

WOW!!! What's going on down there? I didn't hear the story about Joe. I'm interested to know. Scott, call me sometime.

Big Doofus said...

Hey fellers (and fellets):

Here's a blog you should check out:

http://lovetruthandjustice.blogspot.com

This is my friend Jeff's blog (also known as "skypigeon"). Jeff is a believer and a Roman Catholic. The purpose of his blog isn't to stir up great debates, but I think you'll really enjoy it and that you'd bring some more depth and diversity to the conversation--besides, it's all about the "conversation" right Joe? (heh heh)

Give it a try and leave your thoughts.

Joe B said...

Thanks, I'll have a look.

Careful what you say, though. I might actually be an agent of Rome sent to disrupt and confuse the churches in rebellion.

(Interesting factoid: My 2nd cousin Dr Ralph McInerny, a theology prof at Notre Dame, is the author of all the Father Dowling Mysteries which became the popular TV series starring Tom Bosley. I have Roman catholic cloak-and-dagger steeped thru my DNA.)

scott said...

I talked to Rog on the phone the other night and gave him the skinny on all the big news. He decided it's a good idea for us to make a road trip up there so he can convince us of all his crazy ideas.

Of course, he could always make a road trip down HERE, too...

scott said...

Oh, and Joe, I hope it's okay... I told him about your affair with the mountain goat.

Big Doofus said...

I thought it was an alpaca--which would be ok. But mountain goat? Really? That's wrong.

Joe B said...

Shoot. I thought those fake horns I put on her would fool everybody and avert a scandal...

Joe B said...

It's road-trip certain. I don't think a Monday night would work. It's cheaper to carpool to indy than to make Doofie single-foot it down to Newby.

Maybe a friday night? Maybe Soe B could hoof it over from Springfield...

Joe B said...

But NO MEANNESS, Roger!

Big Doofus said...

I promise not to be mean (but I'll be hating you the entire time that you visit).