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Friday, December 17, 2004

I preach to Wendell and Betty Broom. That's crazy. They should preach to me. These are heroes of the faith, who have served the Lord faithfully across the world. They have put their lives on the line for the gospel. If the Churches of Christ had a pope in Africa, the churches would select Wendell (and, of course, he'd turn it down!). At times it hits me that I preach regularly -- and have for 20 years -- to people who are better Bible students (the name John Willis comes readily to mind!), more prayerful, and better representatives of the good news of Christ. It makes me thankful that God uses broken jars. I know he uses me. But it's still nuts that I preach to Wendell and Betty Broom!


  • Of course, it's a long list to name the faces you see on Sunday who are heroes of faith, but sometimes I am floored by the faces now absent: Glen Owen, Gwynneth Curtis and Jim Mankin are some that immediately come to mind. I miss those guys...

    By Blogger Val, at 12/17/2004 08:43:00 AM  

  • That's so crazy, last night my roomate and I were talking about the same thing. Were both only 19, who are we to preach to these great and awesome christians.

    By Blogger Brandon Moore, at 12/17/2004 09:01:00 AM  

  • Dr. Farrar and Brother Broom might have to share the office and be "co-Pope" together. Ooops, that sounds too much like Cope! Anyway, please greet Bro. Broom from my entire family. He is one of our heroes from our time in Nigeria. I think if you look up the word "servant", there will be a picture there of Wendell Broom and Henry Farrar. Like the ole George Jones song asks, "who's gonna fill their shoes?"


    By Blogger David U, at 12/17/2004 09:02:00 AM  

  • Good point, David. It was equally insane when I was preaching every week to Henry Farrar! (Is he our Father Teresa?)

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/17/2004 09:31:00 AM  

  • My wife and I attended the summer mission training back in 1974 at ACU. Brother Broom spoke many, many times to the group. He is, by far, one of the most insightful people I've ever listened to. At a Men's Retreat a few years ago in Maine, we were honored to have him speak to us.

    And John Willis, a truly dedicated scholar. He and Evelyn are two of the finest people we've ever met.

    Two of my heroes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/17/2004 10:36:00 AM  

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    By Blogger Mark, at 12/17/2004 10:39:00 AM  

  • Mike -

    Fellow HUGSR person here - never posted on your blog before - but I enjoy it. I was asked to start a blog on our church web-site and my first query was "What's a blog?" That was only a few weeks ago.

    Anyhow, Brother Bloom visited Parkersburg a few months back to speak a series on Ezekiel entitled "The Volcano of God." When it was announced, my first question was "Who is Wendell Bloom?" I know, that shows my awful ignorance. But what a blessing! What wisdom! What richness of insight! What an appearance! I told my Youth Ministry and my Hebrew students after the first session - "Come hear this guy - and see what an OT prophet was like!"
    I agree - it would be hard to preach to such an audience...

    By Blogger Mark, at 12/17/2004 10:49:00 AM  

  • Yep. Now, how do you think a 22-year old college punk feels up there?!

    By Blogger RPorche, at 12/17/2004 11:07:00 AM  

  • Mike, you are aware you preach in the presence of the Lord, right? I would think that would be far more intimidating than standing before any of His creation! Just my 2 cents.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/17/2004 12:33:00 PM  

  • Yes, that's more intimidating. That wasn't the topic of today's blog. Is it an either/or? Can't I be intimidated before him and embarrassed to preach before people so much more spiritually mature? About time to can anonymous comments again . . . .

    By Blogger Mike, at 12/17/2004 03:10:00 PM  

  • Um, I am the first to admit that I am definitely not among the spiritually mature, but unless my theology is way off, I thought everything we do is in the presence of the Lord; even blogging and leaving anonymous comments. I appreciate what you were trying to say, Mike, and I agree. I feel the same apprehension singing in front of people like Brandon, Stephen, Kellie or Nino or the hundreds of voice majors/professors who pass through Highland. While it is easy to remember the glory is God's, I keep returning to the truth that others in attendance are imminently more qualified than I am and frankly, He deserves the best.

    By Blogger Val, at 12/17/2004 07:24:00 PM  

  • If you think preaching to the Brooms is crazy, try babysitting for the most popular, with-it new preacher and his always-on-top-of-it totally amazing wife! I mean really! Talk about broken jar type intimidation! :)
    I think the more time spent with someone, the less intimidating they become... Take God for example. When you try to always be communing with Him in His presence you get more comfortable there. I can see how it would be really intimidating if you only felt you stood before God on Sunday morning or when in a pulpit.
    Not sure about the rest of the world, but I personally prefer a pastor who is on a first name basis with God. That could just be me though.... I love the fact that you feel intimidated by spiritual giants at times. One of my spiritual giants is a guacamole loving, tell-it like-it-is blogger who regularly takes undeserved flack from anon commenters(as well as some live critics he might wish were anonymous). I hear he has a preety thick skin when it comes to such things. I sure am glad!!!

    By Blogger SG, at 12/17/2004 10:59:00 PM  

  • Yeah. the Broom's are strong, But you also preach to me whuch offsets the Broom's and brings the median back down from demi-deity to major-moron so it evens things out.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/18/2004 02:25:00 AM  

  • Believeing that "we are who we are, late in life...only more so", makes me look around to see how some of my heroes did it.

    Wisdom brightens a man's face and changes it's hard appearance (Eccl: 8:1)

    Find out where he buys those shirts.

    By Blogger Larry, at 12/18/2004 04:09:00 AM  

  • One of the amazing things about the Brooms is their wonderful mixture of spiritual maturity with child-like innocence.

    Mark 10:15-16 (The Message)
    15Mark this: Unless you accept God's kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you'll never get in." 16Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/18/2004 04:58:00 AM  

  • Mike wrote:

    "Yes, that's more intimidating. That wasn't the topic of today's blog. Is it an either/or? Can't I be intimidated before him and embarrassed to preach before people so much more spiritually mature? About time to can anonymous comments again . . . ."

    I wasn't attacking you Mike, just giving you some perspective. Why so defensive? Love always assumes the best before the worst, right?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/18/2004 05:23:00 AM  

  • Oh dear! My mother-lion-protecting-cub syndrome is beginning to bubble up. Guess I'd better go read somewhere else for a bit. :o(

    By Blogger Kathy, at 12/18/2004 08:40:00 AM  

  • Have you ever seen the Brooms do their Hawaiian song and dance routine that they do at the Highland family retreat? Definitely makes them seem a little less intimidating! Although, I think that may be one of the reasons they are so effective.

    By Blogger Kendra, at 12/18/2004 09:43:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Remember when you said that you liked Guacamole?

    You should try liking God!

    God is better than Guac Mike. That's sad you don't think that!

    Not confident enough to put my name to my views...

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 12/18/2004 10:31:00 AM  

  • I think my favorite part of reading this blog is after someone takes a shot at Mike seeing how those of us who pride ourselves on being people of grace turn on said poster with all the choler and scorn that we so disdain in those we deem to be theologically conservative. (Paul's harsh rebuke of Peter is our favorite precedent for such reactions.)

    Now that I've gotten that out of the way...

    Anonymous, if love always assumes the best before the worst (which I'm still looking for in I Cor. 13), why did you assume preaching for God wasn't good enough for Mike? By the way, Anonymous, good job on Psalms.

    By Blogger Grant, at 12/18/2004 04:36:00 PM  

  • So, Grant, which of us is the kettle and which is the pot? And are we both black or is that actually a gray area? And is it grey or gray? How gray? Charcoal.

    By Blogger Val, at 12/19/2004 07:22:00 PM  

  • I see your point. Dr. Broom and many like him have done a lot of work to help the church grow in Africa... but so have a lot of Africans. I would think that some of those "unknown" and "unrecognized" Africans would come to your mind when selecting candidates for "African Pope". But I guess that is how we have always thought in the church. An American missionary always thrumps a native one. Oh well.

    By Blogger Udoudo, at 11/08/2005 12:01:00 PM  

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