“As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” – Acts 4:20
Here is a series of true statements:
- I love God
- I love sharing the good news about Jesus
- I love the Presbyterian Church
- I love writing
- I love taking photographs
Put all that together and there is no surprise that I love my job as the official photographer for the Presbytery of New Hope here in North Carolina.
So yesterday I spent the day at Trinity Avenue Presbyterian Church in Durham praising God, listening to people testify to the Good News, talking with amazing people, and taking photographs in a beautiful setting.
While it annoyed me that too many people who had the privilege of speaking were tedious, unnecessarily longwinded, and/or boring, I was also very much inspired by the obvious passion and the deep commitment – especially from the younger leaders at the front end of their ministry.
I only make this point because this is a widely read blog and I want every single person I reach to think seriously about this question: “What exactly are we communicating when we talk about our faith?” This is the Gospel! The good news of Jesus is exciting, it is radical, it is transformational, it is cogent, it is timely – and it is the most important word for our world today.
Regardless, the Spirit was most definitely there, and the Presbytery of New Hope is doing great things for God throughout the region. I am proud and grateful to be part of this critically important work.
Here are some good photographs from the day. If you want to see all 150 then head over to the presbytery website or Facebook page.
Grateful and blessed – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), 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.