I want to take a minute to give my pastor props.
He is a man who stands strongly on his convictions and is not afraid to speak what is right even though it may not be popular or politically correct. One of my favorite mentor ladies, Sally Clarkson, often says that if you take a stand you become a target. Thus has been the case with my beloved pastor. Because of his unwavering commitment to God's ways according to the Bible, he has come under intense scrutiny of the community. Surprisingly he has even become a target of people once involved in our own fellowship. Yet, in it all he handles it with grace and logic and confidence. As does his precious wife.
I admire Steve because he not only is deeply passionate for God's Word but is also passionate for the condition and history of our country.
He is a devoted teacher of the Word and a loving shepherd of the flock God has put before him. His teaching is quite possibly the best scriptural teaching I have ever been under. He obviously loves the Word and immerses himself in it - exhaustively researching and studying so that he may share it with us. And how we love it! We are well-fed, encouraged, and motivated to not only hear the Word but to be doers of it as well. He is intimately involved in the workings of his church and encourages accountability, service, and right relationships. I personally have been encouragingly confronted by him on several occasions and his exhortation has been gentle and right. I love that he is a peacemaker and not a peacekeeper. He confronts when something must be confronted and doesn't allow for an unhealthy status quo.
Steve, you are a treasure to your "flock." We adore you and are so thankful for you. This post has not even touched the surface of your character and integrity nor has it sufficiently expressed our deep appreciation for you and Marian, but I do hope it is an encouragement.
Many blessings and much prayer for you and your family,