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I began and ended my travels this week in New Haven. In between I visited staff and pastors in Cambridge and New Hampshire. It was a good week in spite of my having a cold. My first stop was Kevin Nelson's 8:30 Bible study at Yale on Sunday night. My cold slowed me down, so I missed the 7:00 Bible study. It was a good meeting, and I enjoyed seeing Kevin's students. On Monday the rest of the New England staff came to New Haven. We ate, talked, toured Yale, discussed ministry, a... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 14 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
If you have been to the mall lately, you already knew the recession is over -- at least in the Lehigh Valley. I went there today to buy a charger for my phone. The Verizon store in the mall is closer than the one farther out, but I wasn't counting on the crowds. There was no parking in the main lots. I finally waited until someone got into his car and vacated a spot. You'd have thought everyone went there to see Obama pass health care reform on the spot. The only time I have seen such crowds is ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 14 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was very productive. I flew into St. Louis on Monday and flew out on Thursday night. Between then I saw four men who are interested in RUF ministry, visited Ross Dixon at Mizzou, and visited Brian Davis at Purdue. I also saw Peter and Megan, and the Missouri RUF committee chairman. Two of the men interested in RUF have already completed RUF assessment and will be graduating in May. We discussed possible placements for next year. The other two have several more years in seminary. Pra... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 08 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last Sunday I had to leave the house at 3:00 to catch a bus and a flight to Atlanta for intern training. I had never been to this, so I was eager to see how it's done. I had charge of a session on Monday and one on Tuesday. Otherwise I worked on email and future travel arrangements, and talked with interns. I'm glad I stopped in Charlotte on Wed. night to visit a potential staff for the Monterrey (Mexico) position. I have a better idea of his hesitations about taking the job. He is ve... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 01 November 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Last week was packed, but we survived intact. I had a wonderful visit with Steven Badorf at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore on Tuesday. I also saw Melynn, his intern, and had dinner with Steven and Beth (his wife). At the Bible study that evening a visitor walked in wearing a small green turban. He asked if this was the place advertised as a discussion about Jesus. He said he "used to be a Sikh," but is no longer since he has been studying philosophy at Johns Hopkins. But he said he has discovered an... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 26 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I really enjoyed last week. I didn't have to leave for Pittsburgh until 10:00 AM Monday, so I was more rested than is sometimes the case. I got there in time for a little exercise before a delightful dinner with Derek and Luda. On Tuesday Derek and I discussed the progress of the Pitt ministry. As with most of the second year staff, Derek made several blunders in freshmen outreach, but they were mistakes he could not have foreseen. Now we know, so next year will be m... Read more...
By: David Green On Monday, 19 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Today has been an eventful end to the week. But let's start at the beginning. On Monday I caught an 8:00 plane to Atlanta. That is so much easier than these 6:00 flights I often have to take! I spent a good afternoon with Hunter Bailey who works at Emory University. I had never been to Emory, and it is a remarkable campus. The buildings are either marble and pink granite, or stucco with tile roofs. It is a campus of 6,000 students who are mainly pre-professional. So the academic caliber is fa... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 10 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
When I left you last week, I was feeling pretty sick. Monday morning I woke up feeling much better, and was essentially recovered by afternoon. Very strange. Thanks for your prayers. Monday I had enough time to file expense reports and get ready for my trip the next day, but only got a few house chores accomplished. Tuesday I caught an early flight to St. Paul to visit Chad Brewer at the University of Minnesota. This is Chad's third RUF campus and his second startup, so he knows what ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 04 October 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm not feeling well, but I think I can bring you up to date. I think it's one of those 3 day illnesses I seem to be prone to. I hope I will be well by Tuesday so I can fly to the Midwest. Last week I was in New England. I stopped in New York City on my way to see Michael Keller who is starting RUF in the city. I am not supervising him, so it was just a friendly visit. It took me over an hour to escape Manhattan, so I was a little late to see Kevin at Yale. Kevin was ordained last Su... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 27 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm taking a break from staining the kitchen windows. This summer we replaced the old decrepit ones with new, airtight windows. Now I'm staining the frames to match the woodwork. It was nice to have a weekday at home. Monday to Thursday I was in Atlanta, meeting with the other coordinators and seeing Aaron Jeffrey at Georgia Tech. It was a good trip, but it rained every day. I'm wondering if I should take an umbrella when I go to Atlanta. So I had all day Friday in the office, but it'... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 19 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm sitting in O'Hare airport waiting for my flight home. It has been delayed two hours due to storms in Newark. I spent this week in Iowa and Indiana, where RUF is prospering. Josh and Julie Vahle's ministry in Iowa is steadily expanding. I met with the pastor of the new church in town that they are attending. They started Sunday morning services a couple of weeks ago, and are excited about its progress. On campus, Bible studies are up and running. I saw a couple of the Bible study l... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 11 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Tonight I just returned from Mexico, where I saw the ministry of Peter Dishman and Zurielly Martinez. This is their fifth year at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico City, and they have a fantastic ministry. If the UNAM’s 120,000 students were not challenge enough, they all commute. So evening meetings are practically impossible, and scheduling anything is a real challenge. Then there is the fact that almost every Mexican is Catholic, but few know God or practice t... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 05 September 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I had a nice visit to Alberta last week. The weather was exhilarating, the scenery was beautiful, and the people were wonderful. I left early Monday morning and arrived at 1:15, Mountain Time. After I figured out how to operate my new-fangled car and got a map of Edmonton (my GPS did not work there), I got to the pastor's office soon after 3:00. I met with the elders of the church connected to the RUF ministry at the University of Alberta that afternoon and evening. The next day I drove down ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 30 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Summer has arrived at last. Except for two days in April, this week was the first to see the temperature rise above 90°. The highlight of this week was a stellar performance today by Benjamin's soccer team, closely followed by a visit from Ruth's brother John and his family. But I know you are reading this to hear about RUF... The semester is going full blast in some schools, and just easing into the semester at others. I called Scott Mitchell twice to get a report on freshman outrea... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 22 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
We're back from Erie, where Ruth and I attended the wedding of Lehigh alums Sarah Braymer and John Yamrick. It was a beautiful wedding, and a wonderful opportunity to catch up with many RUF alumni. A week ago Scott Mitchell was ordained, and I had the privilege of preaching the sermon. The rest of the week was devoted to putting the finishing touches on travel plans for September and October, and miscellaneous office work in preparation for the fall semester. We were sorry to have to ... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 16 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This was a nice week in the office, although it always amazes me how much time it takes to keep up with basic administrative responsibilities. I spent a good part of one day updating my address book. Thursday I prepared the sermon for Scott Mitchell's ordination service on Sunday. So far I've sketched out the fall travel. Today I hope to complete specific plans for September and maybe October -- airline tickets, hotel and automobile reservations. I'm working today because I didn't yesterday. ... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 08 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
A former student of mine just published a book. It's science fiction. I'm not a big fan of sci fi, but when he sent me the manuscript a couple of years ago, I couldn't put it down. Not the best thing I've ever read, but better than most. At least that's my opinion. If science fiction is your thing, I recommend that you get this book https://www.createspace.com/3360849... Read more...
By: David Green On Wednesday, 05 August 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from staff training. It was a good, full week. I taught sessions on Group Development, Evangelism, and Demographics, and met with the New England, the Mid-West, and the Mid-Atlantic teams. In addition to the regularly scheduled events I also met with each of the staff I supervise, as well as the two interns raising funds to begin work at University of Maryland and University of Connecticut. Both still have a lot of work to do in the next couple of weeks in order to raise the funds ne... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 31 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
Scott Mitchell passed his ordination exam with flying colors this morning. Several men told me it was the best exam they had heard. One said RUF was fortunate to get Scott. The glow of the morning was punctured only briefly when the congregation boo'd Scott during his sermon. He had made a gratuitous, unfortunate remark about a certain Texas football team to a group of Eagles fans. As his Area Coordinator, I am taking seriously the necessity to correct this failure on Scott's part, and will a... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 25 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
I'm back from Atlanta, and it's time for another weekly update. I stayed overnight on Thursday to visit Bill Dixon, an old college friend. He called my attention to a blog by Peter Feaver, Ruth's brother. Peter's blog is about "exploring military policy, politics and combat," and features insightful comments on these topics. It made me realize that career bloggers are expected to pass on their profound thoughts on important topics. That is not what this blog is about, and I realized I... Read more...
By: David Green On Saturday, 18 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This was an office week. I spent several days tracking down the references for the men I will be assessing next week. (I will join the other coordinators and some other people to evaluate 15 men who sich to be considered for future positions in RUF.) Most of Thursday was spent preparing my sermon for Cornerston PCA in Coopersburg on Sunday. Today I reviewed the financial reports of my staff and interns, and made calls and sent emails to some staff to check on their progress in fundraising. Next ... Read more...
By: David Green On Friday, 10 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
This week I went to Maryland from Tues. to Thurs. The primary purpose was to have Daniel install a "virtual machine" on my new notebook computer. It is running Microsoft Vista, and two of my old programs will not work on it. The virtual machine is like a computer within a computer. I open a window in Vista, and Microsoft Windows 2000 starts running. Then I can use the old programs. Daniel got this working Tuesday night. Then we had dinner with his roommate and a friend. On Wed. I drov... Read more...
By: David Green On Sunday, 05 July 2009 Comments Comments(0) Read more...
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