Many of the days of my adulthood I’ve felt called to a life of ministry that looks more like Justin Joplin’s than my own, especially when focusing on his long hair, banjo and hockey skates. Justin moved from a pastorate here in Richmond, Virginia to Mississauga, Ontario in Canada in 2014.
Justin went to the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond before me. He is a fellow member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He was also an intern at Richmond’s First Baptist Church before I was. We both strive to be runners although I suspect his ice skating has replaced his running since moving to Canada. Justin is married with two young kiddos.
Items he wanted to share with our listeners included Henri Nouwen’s book Life of the Beloved (link below), a book of essays (including his) celebrating 25 years of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (coming out summer 2016), and the following quote which hangs in his office.
If we are truly people of faith, we must be willing to fail more often. If we fail infrequently, it means we are not acting boldly enough or lovingly enough, enough of the time.
– Rev. Hope Douglas J. Harie-Mould, United Church of Christ
CBF 25th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration June 22, 2016
CBF at 25: Stories of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship (essay by Justin, summer 2016)
Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen
Tim Hortons (Timbits and the “double double”)