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I spent last week in Nashville for the Festival ofHomiletics, a preaching conference I try to attend every year.  Roughly 1300 preachers from acrossNorth America come together for four days of lectures, workshops, and worshipservices.  I had never been to Nashvillebefore, so I was more excited for the Festival than usual.  The one place I had to visit was the Parthenon-the only exact size duplication ofthe Athens Parthenon in the world.  Ihope to go to Greece someday; Nashville will have to do for now.



The Parthenon was originally built for Nashville'scentennial celebration in 1897.  It was atemporary, plaster structure, meant to inspire the public to appreciateart.  The Parthenon was so popular that apermanent one was dedicated in 1931.  Asa history guy, I loved walking through the exhibit of the pictures of theoriginal exhibition.  Hundreds of people,all well dressed, were packed around the Parthenon, taking in all the differentexhibitions.  The pictures of thatturn-of-the-centu…

Endings/Beginnings

I love endings.  I usually get very excited as the end of a big project, or class, or... fill in the blank.  I guess the reason for this is the opportunity to celebrate some achievement.  For example, last Sunday was Confirmation Sunday.  We confirmed ten youth-- three by baptism-- as official members of PUMC.  It was the fulfillment of more than six months of classes, field trips, prayers, and holy conversations. 

Two nights ago we celebrated the end of Disciple Bible Study.  The class began meeting weekly in mid-August, and me for 34 weeks together.  At the end of the class we shared the gifts we perceive in ourselves and heard from others their thoughts.  Then we shared goals for continuing in ministry at PUMC over the next year.

Last summer Christy and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for my graduation for my doctorate.  As wonderful as the three years together with my classmates were I could not wait to get to the commencement ceremony-- at the National Cathedral, no less-- and wh…

Iron Us!

The summer movie season gets in to high gear today with the release of Iron Man 2.  As a kid, I was much more interested in Star Wars than just about everything else, so I never got involved with comics of any kind, least of all Iron Man.  So I was as surprised as anyone at the phenomenal success of the movie Iron Man, which was released two years ago to tremendous reviews-- from comic geeks, general moviegoers, and critics.  It's nearly impossible to bring all those opinions together.  But Iron Man did it. 

I saw Iron Man in a wonderful cinema in Washington, D.C., a one-screen movie house from the 1940s.  I sat in the balcony and was just blown away.  A year or so later, Christy and I watched in on DVD-- her first time.  We both loved it.  She then issued an edict: you may not see the sequel without me.  Now, it's out.  And as millions go to see it today and over the weekend, we'll have to wait until both of our calendars match with an open date.  Who knows when that wil…