Meet Our People
Recently, I had the unique opportunity to walk a few blocks through downtown Dallas with Roger Lamb. We had met several times over the years but never really had the chance to get to know each other. As we walked he asked me about my family, to which I replied, "That's a long story." Normally when you hear someone make that statement what follows isn't always pleasant, but in our case this could not be further from the truth. Ours is a story of incredible faith, persecution, perseverance and transformation that spans over a period of 30 years and counting.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
October 18, 2016 represented two years of waiting. Two years spent in and out of hospitals, months of physical and occupational therapy, six procedures to date (one spinal, one vascular and four abdominal surgeries) and a seventh, another back surgery, scheduled for November after my honeymoon.
On Friday, December 15, 2016, hundreds gathered in Queens, New York as Joseph Zayas was inducted to the office of Supreme Court Justice in New York State's 11th Judicial District. Joey and his wife Cathy are longtime members of the New York City Church of Christ's Long Island Region.
Elroy Smith loves God and everyone around him. He is an accomplished, awarded executive in the radio industry currently serving as Operations and Program Director for KRBQ and KBLX in San Francisco.
Many years ago Elroy became a disciple of Jesus through the Chicago Church of Christ ministry to professionals. God blessed him with his wonderful wife Vonda and now they celebrate life with their three beautiful children. We asked Elroy to share some of his experience as a Christian professional. Also note how his light shines in the linked article at the end.
This summer at the Reach conference in St. Louis I got the chance to meet my favorite athlete ever: two-time Pro-Bowler, former Seattle Seahawk, Mack Strong! He's my childhood hero, and I have longed to meet him for years!
This was a such a surreal and faith-building moment for me as I sat in the courtyard outside Mather House at Harvard University this summer. Over 30 years ago, my mom (Catherine Cattan Shump) was a student at Harvard University.
God's process is not man's process
In industrial engineering and manufacturing, the process of creating a product is keenly scrutinized -- by a team usually using some type of Lean Management or Six Sigma process improvement strategy -- to find out the best way to begin the product's cycle of creation to completion, beginning to end, over and over again, so that whatever product is manufactured is done as-close-to-perfectly as possible. The goal is to finish with as close to 0% imperfection as possible.
All of us go through moments that shape who we are and redefine our convictions. It is by God’s grace and mercy that we can continually grow in our understanding, and have the chance to live again through Christ. Our lives on earth are fraught with many trials. But our faith teaches us that that when we overcome them, we not only live eternally with our heavenly father, but we can learn the secret of enjoying our lives in the here and now.