Living Stones: on Christ the solid rock we stand…

Today, August 11, it is five years since we said goodbye to First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, Florida. This weekend I will be highlighting two posts from 2013 that point to the amazing and vibrant faith community that gathered there. Love, blessings, prayers, and peace to all the Saints in Brandon, from both of us…. – DEREK

Pilgrim in Progress

  • Above – Some of the wonderful people at our goodbye party in 2013

We are Living Stones! “Present yourselves as building stones for the construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ-approved lives up to God.” (1 Peter 2:5)

Sunday evening was Rebekah’s “Big Party” at First Presbyterian, the largest of the events in a week of dinners, receptions, acknowledgements and more. All I can say is, “Good thing we built that new wing and expanded the fellowship hall.” Otherwise I don’t know where everyone would have fit.

DSC_0075The official reservations count was somewhere north of 350 people. We know that because Tim sent Rebekah a text Sunday afternoon saying, “Tell Rebekah she needs to bring 38 more stones.”

The explanation to Tim’s text is also the Big Idea in today’s Monday morning blog post.

LIVING STONES: The most important part of…

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at, and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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