Archive for March, 2010
Read the story as it was entered to ACM below:
J. D. Greening
All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!—Psalm 97:7
The meeting place smelled of sweet smoke. An aroma of cedar and myrrh was strong, but pleasant. It was noticeable enough to get the nose’s attention but not so strong that it elicited a cough or throat clearing. The scent wafted high through to the top of the large chamber.
The room was lit from above with dazzling torches mounted on large Doric columns. At the top of each column was an impressive golden capital covered with elegant engravings of plants and vines, lilies and flowers. There was no roof. It was open aired. A row of six titanic columns equidistant apart lined each side of the room framing it in a perfect square. Fifteen feet behind the columns lay a stone wall that stretched immeasurably upward beyond the columns. These walls seemed to elevate for miles. The full moon hung overhead with Venus nearby marking the night sky.
In the middle of the room was a large stone altar made from rugged rock. This stone had never been chiseled by hands. The five craftsmen who formed it were named Time, Wind, Rain, Heat, and Cold. Neither iron tool nor hammer had ever touched this megalith. The top and the sides of the stone altar were stained with blood; human blood.
“This reminds me of Athens, or maybe Thebes,” said Zeus—to no one in particular. “Yes. I indeed like the columns and hanging there, why yes it is, hanging in the sky is lovely Aphrodite’s namesake. This room is almost perfect. It is worthy of Noble Hector or my strong son Hercules.” (continue reading…)
Jamie Greening grew up in the piney woods of East Texas. It was as a farmer’s son that he unwittingly learned important lessons about ministry: the harvest comes in bunches, the work is often seasonal, and preparation for the future is always vital work. He was nurtured in a loving church home where the Bible came alive and community was natural. In this environment Jamie learned that Jesus loves him, so he gave his heart to Jesus and became a Christ-follower.
He studied history at the University of Texas in Austin, where he met the most beautiful woman in the world, Kim Wells. They both graduated with degrees and were married. Jamie earned an Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas where his first daughter was born. He learned Hebrew and Greek while she learned to walk! While attending seminary, Jamie pastored his first church in Bosque County, Texas. It was here that he learned what to do and what not to do in pastoral work.
After graduating from SWBTS, Jamie and Kim felt a calling from God to minister in a part of the country which was not heavily Christian. This led them to the great Pacific Northwest where they have served First Baptist Church, Port Orchard since 1999. Early in their ministry in Washington there their second daughter was born. Jamie wanted to continue to sharpen his skills, so he studied and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama.
Jamie Greening believes that the pastoral ministry should focus on intentional quality with biblical truth. To this end, preaching and writing have become his main work, as well as a constant emphasis upon pastoral ministries. He often says, “No leader can rightly be called pastor unless he or she is actually engaged in the care of souls.” In addition to The Haunting of Pastor Butch Gregory and Other Stories he is working on two other projects. One is a reflection on Romans with sociologists David Caddell and the other is a novel about the haunted Butch Gregory.
Church Website: www.fbcpo.org
Personal Website: TBA