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Century Marks

Vocation, take one: When Anthony Robinson asked a young seminarian how he was called to ministry, he confessed that he had been a teenager from hell. He started drinking in ninth grade, moving on to drugs a year or two later. He barely made it through high school and flunked out of college the first year. He was living with his girlfriend, and for some reason they started attending a small Presbyterian church. The pastor told him, “I think that you would be good working with youth.” She kept after him until he gave it a try. Eventually he went back to school and finished his degree while still working at the church. One day he said to his girlfriend, “I think God is calling me to ministry.” And much to his surprise, she said, “I think that’s right.” So they went to his parents to tell them about this call. Upon hearing the news, his mother started to cry and said: “You don’t know this, but we had a hard time conceiving a child. I had several miscarriages.

 

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