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Monday, August 29, 2005

Yesterday at Highland we announced that Dr. Jerry Taylor is joining the Highland staff part-time as the associate preaching minister. What a blessing to us! Jerry is one of the very best preachers you'll hear in your lifetime. Folks at Highland heard me tell this yesterday. When I received the good news that Jerry was going to accept the offer, I e-mailed my buddy Rick Atchley to tell him (knowing that Rick feels the same way I do about Jerry and his preaching). He responded immediately that it reminded him of how excited Drew Bledsoe was when he learned that Tom Brady was joining the Patriots. Moral of the story: beware when the back-up is better than the starter! Oh, well, it's a situation I've learned to get used to since coming to Highland. (Other regular fill-ins who are Highland members include Jack Reese, Randy Harris, Mark Love, and Steve Weathers!) Jerry is a much-loved Bible professor at ACU. For the past couple years, he has also been the preaching minister at the great 10th and Treadaway church, but he decided that he didn't have the time to continue in that capacity. We're going to be blessed under his preaching ministry. He'll preach most of the Sundays I'm gone (beginning October 9 during the Zoe conference) and several Wednesday nights.


  • Mike,

    Dr. Taylor is one of the most impassioned, authentic people I know! Highland has taken a wonderful step in hiring this incredible family to our ministry staff. Preach it Dr. Taylor!
    Lauren Cunningham

    By Blogger Lauren, at 8/29/2005 06:38:00 AM  

  • Don't miss Larry James's post today on Katrina and the poor in New Orleans. Newscasters who keep complaining about people who didn't leave town or head to one of the nice hotels have lost touch with the lives of those in poverty. Larry points out that the Superdome has turned into a large homeless shelter.

    By Blogger Mike, at 8/29/2005 06:50:00 AM  

  • We heard him preach at Richland Hills a couple of weeks ago. He is amazing. I wish I could have had a class with him while I was at ACU.

    By Blogger Matt Pinson, at 8/29/2005 06:51:00 AM  

  • Mike~

    Your announcements yesterday took my breath away and I couldn't help myself - letting out a Whoop 'n Holler with the first, that Steven Moore will be blessing us as worship leader a bit more often this year. I was satisfied it was your anticipated 'listen for the announcement' you promised on Saturday's blog.

    THEN you gave us the blessing of Dr. Taylor's decision to join us at Highland. It took my breath away!!

    You know my great passion for racial/cultural/et al reconcilliation in our churches, and these announcements made me more than happy with Highland's decisions!!!!! We are beginning to pull a chair up to the feast of full fellowship with all of God's children. Hallelujah!!!!


    There is a group of us in online prayer chains that participated in an overnight prayer vigil for those in danger from this monster storm. We also begged our LORD that it be His will to calm the intensity of the storm.

    The Super Dome ceiling began leaking this morning, causing authorities to shuffle the massive numbers of people there to new areas in the facility. I pray the building holds up under the storm's fury, and that we all are able to help those affected with post-Katrina recovery.

    A list of recovery assistance sites can be found at


    By Blogger Kathy, at 8/29/2005 07:06:00 AM  

  • That's great news. Glad to hear it!

    By Blogger Matt Elliott, at 8/29/2005 07:23:00 AM  

  • Mike, I had the joy of meeting your mom and dad at Neosho a few days ago when I did their "Jumpstart" youth rally. They are proud of their boy!

    Congrats on the new hire. I had the elders hire my son-in-law as associate minister here at Rochester and can hear it coming: "Patrick has baptized his thousands, but Josh has baptized his tens of thousands!"

    By Blogger PatrickMead, at 8/29/2005 07:58:00 AM  

  • MIke,

    I love Jerry's preaching! Love it! However, your selling yourself a bit short with the Bledloe comparision in my book. Bledloe had never won anything. You have been taking us the big game every Sunday for almost 15 years. Besides, you are much more nimble than Drew. Of course there are statues with more mobility than Bledsloe. I'm betting Wray and Willis could escape a blitz better than Bledloe.

    No, the analogy I think works is that of Montana & Young. Both Hall of Famers. Both capable of a Super Bowl MVP performance every Sunday. One is a right handed drop back passer. The other is a lefty with a proclivaty to scramble. Both are class acts.

    I love you and miss you and hope someday to be able to be good enough to be your scout team QB.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 8/29/2005 10:32:00 AM  

  • This is one of those times when I'm really happy and really jealous all at the same time. I'll work on just being happy.

    By Blogger RPorche, at 8/29/2005 11:38:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    Out of curiosity, what were some of the reasons that led to Dr. Taylor's hiring in a part-time capacity? If you could share a few or all of them, that would be helpful!

    Steve Jr.

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 8/29/2005 01:03:00 PM  

  • With all due respect, I liken that line-up to the New York Yankees moreso than the Pats. :-) The rich get richer, and the.....

    No wonder folks find themselves longing to return to the city on the hill.

    By Blogger KentF, at 8/29/2005 01:25:00 PM  

  • I am pumped. I loved getting to team up with him this summer. I found myself actually wishing we were at two services at the time so I could have heard him twice.

    Joel, I'll have you know that Willis is quite nimble. Wray doesn't have to be. And who is Bledloe?

    By Blogger Val, at 8/29/2005 02:37:00 PM  

  • after Dr. Taylor got done last Wednesday night at Richland Hills, Rick got up and just made one request for next time...that he wouldn't stop so soon! and I was thinking the same thing...I just thought he was doing his introduction...it was truly amazing...I, like my husband, wish I could have had him as a professor when I was at ACU, but guess I will just have to hope and pray now that yall will send him our way some more!
    now this is what I call an amazing Tag Team!

    By Blogger tine, at 8/29/2005 02:42:00 PM  

  • We were all very excited at our house over this announcement too. We're excited to see how Highland is going to look in the future as we reach out and welcome EVERYONE! The only drawback is that I will miss him on those Wednesday nights he will speak. Maybe we should bring the girls in there!

    By Blogger Candy, at 8/30/2005 05:09:00 AM  

  • I am very excited to hear that Highland has hired on Jerry. He is an incredible preacher, and if you think his preaching is good, you need to listen to his singing. He is a very passionate and devoted man of God. His wife and two kids are a blessing to his ministry and I am glad to see they will be very well taken care of. I am excited for Highland as well as the Taylor family.

    By Blogger Marti Stanley, at 8/30/2005 12:11:00 PM  

  • As someone who has sat at Jerry's feet for the past two years as a member of his congregation, a fellow minister, his graduate assistant, and his friend, I know that Highland is tremendously blessed. And not just for getting Jerry on staff, but Pat is one of the best Christian women I know and his kids are absolutely wonderful. Can you tell I like the Taylors?

    By Blogger Travis, at 8/30/2005 12:45:00 PM  

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