Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Peter and Mary Ellen ("Sally") Fitch, Eh?

Mary Ellen and Peter Fitch
God brings good gifts into our lives and into our lives God brought Peter and Mary Ellen Fitch. They feel, and act, just like family. We are comfortable with them as we laugh together, probe life's pains together, eat and drink together, and love and seek to follow Jesus together.

We can discuss Foucault and David Crowder, or the prolific N.T. Wright, we can explore C.S. Lewis's writings and Teresa of Avila's; and we can laugh at "Betty Butterfield" and "R.D. Mercer" and "the little Irish girl's" prank calls. We can enjoy the comedy of mockumentaries (e.g., A Mighty Wind) and the acting skills of Peter Sellers, Will Ferrell, and Ben Stiller (in Zoolander). We can discuss global politics (what do you know of the "Blair papers"?) and economic issues. We can enjoy karaoke at Cheers, we can discern deep theological concepts in the movie Telladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and the humor in, yes, The Passion of the Christ.

We have a thing for "shiny dimes" (which we need to talk about to you in person).

We like old people like John of the Cross, Bernard of Clairveaux, Theresa de Lisieux and Nicholas Herman. We are fascinated with Jesus of Nazareth.

We love the local church and all things small. Glitz and bigness and noise are uncomfortable concepts ecclesiologically speaking. We like books and a good cup of coffee. Peter really likes duct tape, too, for some unexplainable Canadian reason. Mary Ellen keeps Peter alive. Thank you, Sally. Peter, "Stop it!"

St. Stephen's University in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, is sought as an effective and beautiful alternative to Christian higher education. Julie and I have been there and it is a wonderful blend of excellent, even demanding scholarship and intentional Christian community. Where is it? Go to the most northern point of northeastern USA and then just one block more. You're in St. Stephen just across the St. Croix River from Calais, ME.

Peter teaches in the university and founded and pastors the St. Croix Vineyard Christian Fellowship.

Peter and I met at Fuller Theological Seminary while doing Doctor of Ministry studies.

Thanks be to God for his marvelous gifts, eh?

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At 1/20/2007 1:57 PM, Blogger Heidi Renee said...

Oh what a small, small world!

Scot at Jesus Creed highlights your painting job on his blog in Chicago, I click through to view it and see my pastor's name in your sidebar and follow with curiosity to see the post and realize that I have been praying for you and your church without really knowing you.

What a small world, but a huge, amazing kingdom we are a part of, eh?

I'm so glad you love them as much as we do!

At 1/22/2007 4:30 PM, Anonymous Skinner said...

John prior to the next time you and Peter perform karaoke at Cheers please post it on your Blog so WE can enjoy it too! Wish we could have been there. Pete did a wonderful jig during his teaching at BVC when someone's cell phone with ringtone went off.

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