A Straight and Sharp Arrow
During my growing up years, my dad and I were memberso the “Black Feather Bow Club” in Arizona, which includedall ages o archers. But I sometimes got in trouble borrowingmy dad’s heavy-pound Ben Pearson bow. I once shot hisaluminum target arrows through the target on bales o hay in our backyard into a neighbor’s pool! I learned thetechnique o stringing the bow, as well as the necessity o unstringing it. I the latter is not done daily, then ultimately the bow withlose its tautness and power. This is my last week o vacation in Coloradospent “unstringing my bow.” I am very grateul and will return next weekendhopeully shooting straight and true rom Psalm 37 – “Being In the Lord inthe In-Between Times.”Our guest preacher this weekend is no stranger to Naples or to hunting.
Dr. Paige Patterson
, the renowned President o Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, has spoken here beore and has been my riend,hero, and encourager or many years. A lover o big game hunting, hisoce is lled with taxidermied trophies rom various hunts in Arica. Hisbiblical position and sense o humor are seen in a stufed monkey wearingglasses and reading Darwin’s treatise and evolution, Origin o the Species.Dr. Patterson has shot at close range an attacking lion, but he has beeneven more efective in shooting the arrows o truth in a straight and strongmanner or years.I have been associated with Dr. Patterson during his presidency o Criswell College, and I also served on the Board when he was Presidento Southeastern Baptist Seminary. When history records the greatmovement o God in the last part o the 20th Century and in these yearso the 21st Century, his role will be recognized as the primary visionaryand theological architect o the conservative resurgence o the SouthernBaptist Convention. As someone noted, “What drits to the let must bedriven to the right.” Only a man o his courage and intellect could havedone that.Dr. Patterson is also a highly respected New Testament scholar, missionarystatesman, and preacher. His brilliant wie, Dorothy, has led the women’sministry program at two seminaries and is highly esteemed. We gladlyreceive him and his message.
Church-Wide Picnic Results
We had a very successul church-wide picnic onWednesday, July 13th. We served 500 hamburgers,350 hot dogs, and 350 pounds o pulled pork. What anight! Thank you to everyone that came, and a specialthank you to everyone that worked behind the scenesto make it such a huge success.