The Pastor and His Flock

I can count on one hand the number of men in ministry who I love to sit down with around a fire and talk theology. No, let me rephrase that. I love to talk theology with dozens of men I know. But there are a few where the dialog is taken up a notch or two, both theologically and practically speaking.

The men who are able to do this have been truly gifted by God, sitting in rarefied air as pastors and theologians. They not only know the deep truths of God, but have a real understanding of how those truths apply in our lives, and in the life of the church. They not only know what has happened in the church, but often times they can see the trends and problems inside the broader church before the rest of us do. The men who God has called like this are true shepherds indeed. The Rev. John Canales, senior pastor of Christ Church OPC in Flower Mound, TX, is one such man.

That is why I love to attend the occasional events at Christ Church. There is always an opportunity to enjoy John’s company, as well as the fellowship of the congregation that he leads. The following pictures are from one of their recent family events. You can see more pics of the gathering in my two previous posts here and here.

The Rev. John Canales

Scott Peterson and his wife, Lori. Scott is one of the elders. I love the pith helmet.

I love the lighting on this one.


Grill Master

The rule of thumb for most volunteer organizations is that 20 percent of the people do 80 percent of the work. I give you Adam, the cook for the recent fellowship supper I attended at Christ Church OPC in Flower Mound, TX.

Thanks Adam, the burgers and hotdogs were great, and the icy stuff you were making with that dry ice was reported to be excellent. Keep up the good work.

There were others who contributed as well, but Adam seemed to be doing a bulk of the work. He is a servant indeed. This is the second event I’ve attended at Christ Church OPC and he has been the grill master for both.

Adam, chopping the wood for the fire pit.

Serving up burgers.


Miller and Stephanie

I went to a Reformed fellowship gathering this past Friday and took the camera so I could work on the impromptu portraits. The first picture, with the blurred background, is what I was aiming for in all three, but it didn’t work out. Need to work on that technique a bit more.

This is Miller, and his wife, Stephanie. He is Minister of Outreach at Christ Church OPC Flower Mound, TX. I picked his brain about some of the theological debates going on in Reformed circles. He studied at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA, and has an excellent grip on some of the controversies. I would go into a few of them, but most would find the discussions boring (in other words, is Christ subordinate to the Father both ontologically and economically, or just economically? See, I told you. as for answering the question, it seems that Christ is only subordinate to the Father economically, in the functions that He performs, and not the essence of who He is.) But enough of this, back to photography.