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The Post-A-Teers Round II – Knox Youth Pranks

I have been pranked once again.  Each time I leave town, something happens.  I’m taking it as a new love language.

The new prank:

And the original prank:

RTQblog is back baby! What? It’s only been two years…

Hello friends,

It has been a while since I have blogged and I have missed it.  Sunday night I leave for a two week trip to Scandavia with my best friend and partner in crime, Rachel King Baumann.  So, I will be blogging about those adventures here with pictures and video.  And trying to get the ball rolling again so I can keep blogging year round.

One of the things that had been holding me back from blogging was that I wanted to redesign the blog and switch formats and such.  Well, lucky for me, I met the media tech at the Lutheran Church across the street from Knox and he is an avid blogger.  He came over this week and we nerded out on our macs.  It was quite amazing!  Graham’s blog is and about Apple products.  Check it out.

In other news, I officiated my first wedding today, which was a really amazing experience.  I am getting towards the end of my lists of “first” as an ordained pastor, which is a good feeling.  I built a great relationship with the couple I married and it was a joy to do their wedding.  Also, I learned that this is the third wedding in three years for the bride’s side of the family and apparently the other two didn’t go so well.  At one wedding, the pastor preached about “meeting other girls at the bar” and forgot to say, “You may now kiss the bride.”  And in the other wedding, the Father was so old that he fell asleep during the service.  So, the bar wasn’t set too high for me.  With all of that aside, it was a beautiful service and I pray for a great marriage for Jay and Lauren.

I will write more when I’m in Scandinavia!


State Your Purpose, Blog/ger!

My name is Robert and through this blog I am excited to share with you my life and experiences as I move to Kenya for 12 months to serve as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) with the Presbyterian Church(USA).

I have just finished my second of three years at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary (APTS) in Austin, TX. So you may wonder why/how I am able to leave the country for a year with a year of seminary left. Well, I am taking a Leave of Absence from seminary for my YAV year and will return, complete my last year, and graduate in May of 2010. The main reason why I have chosen to take a year off from seminary and do this now rather than after I graduate is that I will have my final year of seminary to reflect theologically and spiritually on my experience in Kenya rather than attempting to deal with that at my first ordained position. I also believe that my experience in Kenya will help me mature and grow in my faith, rounding out my seminary education. So, there’s that.

I have decided in order to get the ball rolling I will start blogging some this summer. Furthermore, this will allow actual content to exist as I attempt to tell people about it. I contend, it is difficult to tell people to go and check out a blog when it is just a blank page.

So, I hope you will join me in my journey by keeping up with me here and commenting when you feel so moved. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions. Thanks.