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Tonight was opening night for the high school football season.  Our Albany Lions defeated the Eastland Mustangs (whose mascot is a bull — go figure) by a score of 36-15.  Pretty much the whole town turned out.  There is a lot of support in Albany for the students.  At the game I ate a Kilie’s Custard, which is locally made and available not only in the ice cream shop, but at lots of local events.  Here is the story behind Kilie’s Kustard — just another reason that Albany is the coolest little town in Texas.

Click here to watch the report from KTAB, an Abilene television station.


Sometimes I (Anthony) feel quite out of the loop when some of my minister friends here in Albany get to talking theology and theologians. Largely because of our restoration heritage, I don’t tend to identify my beliefs with any one theologian or theological movement. (Yep, “Just the Bible, ma’am,” that’s me.) Yet I would be naive to think that I haven’t been influenced by greater and deeper thinkers than myself.

I saw a reference to this quiz that attempts to answer the question “Which theologian are you?”on Mark Connell’s blog I was a little humbled to find out that I’m quite medieval. Here are my results:

You scored as Anselm, Anselm is the outstanding theologian of the medieval period.He sees man’s primary problem as having failed to render unto God what we owe him, so God becomes man in Christ and gives God what he is due. You should read ‘Cur Deus Homo?’

John Calvin
Karl Barth
Charles Finney
Martin Luther
Jürgen Moltmann
Paul Tillich
Friedrich Schleiermacher
Jonathan Edwards

Which theologian are you?
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boys & principal

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

The boys got off to their first day of school today. Here they are with their principal, Doyleen Terrell, who was on the sidewalk greeting the students, as usual. Albany schools are the envy of small towns around here; we’ve met several young families who have moved or who want to move here and they always comment about the schools.

Jonathan seemed like a different child (under control) as he waited in the hallway this morning for the bell to ring. Both boys had a good first day.

Well, I don’t know how you folks who live in big cities manage, because life in a small town is busy enough! We’ve had a good summer, doing mostly small town things. Only one family trip to the big city to use the boys’ free tickets to Six Flags over Texas. It was a wet, rainy day, but did clear up in the afternoon in time for us to catch a few of the “big” rides. We didn’t really want to do too many. Jeremy did get me to ride the “Superman” with him — one of those huge towers that you go up in a chair facing out — yeah, it’s that thing that the girl got her legs cut off on. It zips you straight up at a jillion miles and hour and then leaves you hanging upteen stories (325 feet — isn’t that over 30 stories?) in the air for several seconds, before you fall back to earth. Jeremy was sure he wanted to do it, but about half way through he was sure he didn’t want to do it again!

This past weekend we got to participate in the Relay for Life, a fundraiser walk-a-thon type event for the American Cancer Society, that seems to be the town charity of Albany. Our church team raised just shy of $4,000 of the $39,000+ raised by the town. It was a hot 100 degree day, but cooled off enough at night in time to have some real fun at the noon ’til midnight event. One of the highlights was the “box car” race. Have a look.

Jeremy found this on National Geographic and thought it was cool (and freaky)!

Click here to watch.


Stage Coach in Ft Griffin

Originally uploaded by claypotparker

We attended opening night of the show and were very impressed by all the talent in our little town.  The scene below shows a stage coach arriving in the town of Fort Griffin — a true wild West town — which was the precursor to Albany.

It’s been a month since my last post, so I thought I’d better write something.  Since that last post …

  • school has ended and the boys are home;
  • we’ve torn out a wall and all our kitchen cabinets — hope to get new cabinets this week;
  • most of our house has been re-plumbed, but right now our household water supply includes two toilets, one bathroom sink, one shower, and 3 outdoor faucets;
  • we’re also re-wiring our kitchen, moved our laundry room, and are preparing our old laundry to be an office;
  • we’ve hosted Jana Treadway, a Memorial Day gathering of old missionaries, and the Alan Henderson family–all without a kitchen;
  • we’ve had VBS at church (see our church web site for pictures);
  • we made a 10 day trip to Alabama for the world famous Parker Pig Out family reunion.  Also on that trip we visited Homewood for the first time since moving to Texas, and we all met Jonathan’s birth mother (“tummy mummy” in his terms) along with some of her family for the first time;
  • had a fender bender accident when we were almost home — I’ve got to start dealing with insurance tomorrow!

I’m sure there’s something I’ve left out, but maybe this will bring you up to date and explain our failure to post lately.  Thanks for checking in!

No, we’ve not grown dissastisfied with life in Albany. Really, I’m not moving, but Clay Pot Journal is. I’m integrating it with our (still under construction) church web site and view it as part of my ministry to this church and community. I hope that what I share will be of some interest to those who don’t live here as well.

I’m going to leave my old posts here on Blogger for the time being. Once I get Word Press figured out, I may create a personal site and move them there. For now, I’m making A New Beginning at .

She’s home!

It’s Sunday night after 9:30 p.m., the boys are settled, and my beloved is on the dark side of the moon.

Not literally, but you may be old enough to remember the Apollo lunar missions where the space capsule went to the dark side of the moon and was temporarily out of radio contact – there was always the tension as they awaited re-establishment of contact.

Although Maureen has been 10,000 miles away from home for the last two weeks, we have been able to have frequent contact. Every day—including today—we have talked twice. (Thanks for 2.2 cents/minute phone calls.) But now she has left Singapore on Singapore Airlines and is headed toward Tokyo. (Jeremy kept wondering why we couldn’t call her on her cell phone.) After a brief stop there, her plane will continue on with a ten hour flight to Los Angeles. There she’ll have to go through immigration and customs and catch an American Airlines flight to DFW and then the puddle jumper to Abilene, arriving – we hope and pray – at 9:35 Monday night.

In other news…

We’ve done OK here the past two weeks. We’ve had our moments – good and bad – but I’ve grown even closer to my sons by being alone with them for so long. I’ve also grown closer to my wife, as I’ve been reminded how much she does and how much I take for granted. I’ve grown closer to our church here in Albany; they have more than amply supplied us with meals and have shown their genuine concern for me, Maureen, and the boys. And not just the church – everyone in town seems to know that she is gone and near strangers will ask when she is coming back.

At this point, it looks like I’ll be going to the airport alone tomorrow (Monday) night. We realized that Jeremy has to take his TAKS (Texas achievement) test on Tuesday and will need a good night’s sleep. A friend from church offered to come and stay with them while I went to get Maureen. Jeremy was pretty upset when he found out he wouldn’t be able to go to the airport, but I think he has accepted it now. Sometimes it’s tough to know the right thing to do as a parent.

We had a good day today with our family here in Albany. There were quite a few rarely seen faces at church this morning and several stayed around to visit, which I took as a good sign.

When I stood up to preach and I saw them there, I felt my voice trembling as I was overwhelmed with the responsibility to speak a word from God to them—a word that reflected both the call to discipleship and the call to embrace God’s grace.

Tonight we had a men-included baby shower for a new family at church, and we took advantage of the occasion to have a time of baby-blessing for this family and one other recent arrival. It was not a highly ritualized occasion, but it was a chance to speak words of blessing and encouragement over these babies and their families, and to pray God’s blessing on them. I hope this tradition can evolve and mature into a regular feature of our church life. If your church has a particularly meaningful ways to bless children who come into the world, I’d love to hear about it.

(This isn’t getting published until Monday morning because Blogger was having issues last night–and they’ve taken out the thing where you can modify the date/time stamp to make it look like I posted last night. Anyway, Maureen is still on the dark side of the moon, but I was able to check her flight (Singapore Airlines 12 ) and they have left Tokyo, but still have almost 7 hours to go to L.A. Feel free to pray her safely across the ocean with me.)