There has been quite a bit going on in the Watson family.

Bethany lost a full pound in her first five days of life, which was a bit of a concern because she wasn’t a huge baby to begin with. We went back to the doctor for a weight check today and were very pleased to get the news that she had gained 10 ounces in 4 days. So, she seems to be doing very well.

In other news, when we got home from the hospital there was a copy of the Wesleyan Theological Journal waiting in the mailbox. I was excited to get a copy of the journal because my first academic article was published in this issue. The folks at the Wesleyan Theological Society have not put the papers online yet, but if you want to see the title page, you can check it out here.

My District Superintendent also announced here last week that Vera Walton will be the new pastor here in Lamont. Hearing that news was sobering because it made it really hit home that we are moving. But I was also glad because I have heard such good things about Rev. Walton. I believe that this church will be in very capable hands.

This Sunday is my last Sunday off. After that, it will be time for me to try to get back into a routine at church. I am also planning on posting more regularly. Specifically, look for book reviews of Tony Campolo’s Red Letter Christians, Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw’s Jesus for President, and Ron Sider’s The Scandal of Evangelical Politics.

Finally, as those of you who are United Methodist are aware, General Conference is going on as we speak. Check out Steve Rankin’s thoughts as he blogs his way through General Conference at The Rankin File.