Why I Played Hooky From Church Yesterday

Instead of preaching at Good Shepherd on Sunday, I was at my son Riley’s graduation from UNC- Chapel Hill.

From left, we are Julie, Taylor (Vanderbilt ’11), Riley, and me.


riley graduation

Chapel Hill has a Mother’s Day Morning Graduation Tradition (evidently established with no input from the state’s clergy), and so we joined about 20,000 people in Kenan Stadium for a two hour graduation ceremony.

Tropical Storm Anna thoughtfully avoided the Chapel Hill area as she was drenching points south and east, and so we escaped with a minimum of moisture and a maximum of delight.

Riley’s degree was in English and this summer he will begin training with Cru (formerly called Campus Crusade For Christ) so that he can serve in campus ministry somewhere in the southeast USA for the next two years.

So: do I get an excused absence?