Graduation 2.0

We made it to another graduation (2 down, 1 to go)! Raymond’s mom came up to celebrate with us and it was a really great and relaxing weekend.

Raymond graduated with a Masters of Theology (ThM) in New Testament Studies.  He’ll begin the coursework for the PhD program in August and after about 1.5 years he’ll be able to start writing his dissertation.  So I imagine we have about 4 years (give or take a bit) left!

Raymond is taking a class this summer and he has a lot of work to prepare for his classes in August, but right now we’re just taking a little bit of a breather to recuperate from a really busy and hard semester this spring.

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

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Clyde Francisco Preaching Award at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

This past Thursday, I had the privilege of preaching in Alumni Chapel at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. You can view the video by clicking here.  Below are two pictures that my friend Caleb Drahosh took during and after chapel.

I would like to thank everybody who prayed for me and showed up to support me, especially my wife, Meghan, my daughter, Abigail, and people from my local church body, Ninth & O Baptist Church.

President R. Albert Mohler, me, and Dr. Russell Moore (the man who taught me to preach at SBTS)

A General Update

We have had a couple of really exciting things happen over the past couple of weeks that would be worth sharing.

First of all, Raymond was selected as the recipient of a preaching award at SBTS that has given him the opportunity to preach during chapel hour next Thursday, April 21.  This is a very high honor for us and is definitely an encouraging affirmation of Raymond’s gifts as a preacher.

If you are available to watch Raymond preach then the seminary will be livestreaming chapel, which starts at 10AM Eastern time.

Secondly, WE ARE MOVING!  We have been accepted at another apartment complex and will be moving to a new apartment on May 23.  Our new home is 1290 sq ft and has 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms.

Here are some aspects that I am most excited about:

1.  A nicely-sized laundry room

2.  A separate room for Abigail (I’m already checking out blackout curtains for her window!)

3.  Doors on all bedrooms :)

4.  Everything is on one level

5.  Grass for Abigail to play in

6.  There is a really awesome Farmer’s Market that happens within walking distance

7.  We also have a fireplace, but I’m still undecided about whether this is a good feature or not

This is the floor plan for our new place

So these are the most exciting things in our life right now, but here are some pictures from the Awana games our church had on Wednesday night.  Awana is a program for young boys and girls for evangelism and discipleship and once every year they play silly games and enjoy church-wide fellowship.

This is a new face that we are making these days :)