From the Pastor

Ready For Vacation!

Ready For Vacation!

Greetings from my day before vacation!!! When you read this I will be on the beach for a week of rest with my family I have been eagerly waiting for. Normally on this month of the summer I just cut and paste something to put here in the name of Summer slowdown. Instead, there is something I read that has been resonating with me quite a bit for the last month or so. It basically was a challenge to take a close look at how I rest and why I rest.

Believing Thomas and victorious Bill Buckner

Believing Thomas and victorious Bill Buckner

This last Sunday morning I referenced a former baseball player, Bill Buckner, in my sermon.

Unfortunately, Bill Buckner was most famous for an error he made on the baseball field during game 6 of the 1986 World Series.  This error contributed to the Red Sox losing that game. The Red Sox would go on to lose the series to the Mets.  Bill Buckner would never be able to escape the shadow of that one play.  His entire baseball career would be defined by most people only by his one error.

First Sunday

First Sunday

Greetings on a beautiful Spring day in Downtown Memphis!  If you have worshiped with us in the last few weeks, you may have noticed a little bit of a trend in the New Testament scripture I have been preaching from. It's been the same scripture passage for a few weeks. I promise I have not run out of ideas or options for scriptures to preach from. I have chosen to spend a few weeks on Matthew 28:16-20 for a very important reason. 

Charlottesvile ....

Charlottesvile ....

Greetings,

It wasn’t until late Saturday night I began to hear about the horrible events that took place in Charlottesville.  I was a little more “unplugged” from the outside world than usual.  I looked at my twitter feed that night and began to discern some of the events of the day by people’s reactions on Twitter.  

Toes Above Nose -- A Rambo Summer Update

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"Toes above Nose". This is a phrase I have come to despise over the last 2 weeks. Those are the instructions the Dr. has given me since my Achilles Surgery. And, yes, despite the huge temptation to not obey his orders I have been mostly faithful.
In case you don't know what I'm talking about, the very short version is that my Achilles' tendon ruptured and I had surgery to repair it a couple weeks ago. This surgery and the recovery has been the icing on a very challenging summer cake for the Rambo family. But as I preached during my sermon before surgery, God's grace is sufficient in our weakness and our weakness sometimes reveals itself most in times of challenge.
So despite the challenges of a fire in our house, living in a hotel for over a month, and now a touch Achilles recovery; I can truly say the Rambo family can truly say how incredible God's grace is. We have witnessed His grace through the outpouring of love from our family and friends. We have particularly been blessed by the prayers, food, and love from our incredible community at First Church.
How are we and what is next?

  • We have now been back in our house for a week!! It is so good to be home! Everything is repaired our home is restored. We were incredibly blessed and the damage to our home really wasn't anywhere near as bad as it could have been.
  • My Achilles is healing well but the recovery is slow and very boring! I go back to the Dr. on Monday to find out if I will be allowed to be back in the office and enter back among the walking. I'll be on crutches for awhile but as long as I can get out of the house and back in ministry with y'all, I'll be very happy.
  • The boys are starting school Monday and life will finally be settling back into a routine of sorts.

I can not wait to getting to preach again Sunday August 13th!! I dearly miss worshiping with the First Church Community and can not wait to return! Thank you all for being vessels of grace in our lives in such a special way the last month!

Grace and Peace,

Andy