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Finally Retired

Postby Joseph Patrick » Sat Aug 09, 2014 4:24 pm

From Joseph Patrick...(really Gerry Milligan)

Friends on Baptist life boards...I have finally retired and my wife and I have moved to the Portland, Oregon area. We have yet to find a Baptist church in Portland, but are still visiting.

An old saying..."confession is good for the soul" but probably BAD for the reputation...My name is Gerry Milligan and have used the pseudonym of Joseph Patrick (one of my grandsons) to prevent any retaliation from the IMB as I was an active IMB missionary when I started posting. Then I was on the faculty of Oklahoma Baptist University, which is becoming more fundamentalist by the day (how else can you rationalize a "young earther" in the religion department?).

David Flick knew my identity and William Thornton suspected it, but I do apologize for the subterfuge. As I am technologically challenged, I will continue to sign in as Joseph Patrick, but will always try to sign off with my name.

I enjoy being able to interact with all of you, either actively or as a lurker.
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Re: Finally Retired

Postby Haruo » Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:03 am

Congratulations on your retirement and your successful undercover life.
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Re: Finally Retired

Postby David Flick » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:13 am

Joseph Patrick wrote:From Joseph Patrick...(really Gerry Milligan)

Friends on Baptist life boards...I have finally retired and my wife and I have moved to the Portland, Oregon area. We have yet to find a Baptist church in Portland, but are still visiting.
    Good to hear from you, Gerry! You chose a beautiful location for retirement. Back in the late 70s, Robert Haskins, Bob Lovejoy & I went to Portland on a mission trip. We were based out of Portland and worked on starting a church over at Seaside. We were able to get a start, but I don't know if it ever succeeded. I lost contact with it shortly after I moved from Elmore City FBC to Dewey FBC.

An old saying..."confession is good for the soul" but probably BAD for the reputation...My name is Gerry Milligan and have used the pseudonym of Joseph Patrick (one of my grandsons) to prevent any retaliation from the IMB as I was an active IMB missionary when I started posting. Then I was on the faculty of Oklahoma Baptist University, which is becoming more fundamentalist by the day (how else can you rationalize a "young earther" in the religion department?).
    Both of my daughters graduated from OBU in '95. One daughter (DaLeesa) was the accompanist for the Bison Glee Club for three years. She is currently a professor of piano & musicology at Mid-America Christian University in southwest Oklahoma City. The other daughter (Dorena) teaches Pre-K in the Mustang School system. Both had fairly good experiences there. You're correct about the growing fundamentalism at OBU. It's certainly not today what it was 20 years ago. ...Or, for that matter, when I attended there forty-nine years ('65-'67). :wink:

David Flick knew my identity and William Thornton suspected it, but I do apologize for the subterfuge. As I am technologically challenged, I will continue to sign in as Joseph Patrick, but will always try to sign off with my name.
    No need to apologize. I think Haruo could probably work things so that you could sign on with your real name now. That way you won't have to sign on with a pseudonym and off with your real name. You could be just who you are,... i.e. Gerry Milligan

I enjoy being able to interact with all of you, either actively or as a lurker.
    Would you feel free to share any interesting stories about that "Land far, far, away?" (i.e. the place you served prior to returning to the states.)
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Re: Finally Retired

Postby Haruo » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:42 am

Yes, I think I could change your name to reflect your name. Let me know, Gerry, what form you would like. All versions of your real name are available, e.g.

Gerry
Gerry M.
Gerry Milligan
Gerry "Joseph Patrick" Milligan
Milligan, G.
Milligan

I'll gladly change it to whatever you'd like, no charge. ;-)

Oh, and since Portland is practically a suburb of Seattle ;-) , welcome to the 'hood! There are Baptist churches in PDX, but I don't know any to recommend. My brother Graham, who graduated from Reed and lives near Mt. Tabor, goes to a Presby church, Westminster I think it's called? If you like to drive, you might check out FBC McMinnville, near the Linfield campus. BPFNA held their summer camp at Linfield one year and that was the only time I recall going to a Baptist church in Oregon.
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It's about 40 miles, a bit over an hour to drive or a bit more than that by bus (which I would have to use) each way.
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Re: Finally Retired

Postby Tim Bonney » Sun Aug 10, 2014 3:29 pm

Gerry, congratulations on your retirement and your freedom!
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Re: Finally Retired

Postby Joseph Patrick » Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:03 am

From Joseph Patrick...AKA Gerry Milligan

Haruo, Thanks for the offer to sign me in by my real name...I will keep it in mind. Right now, with our move from Oklahoma (which Hoyt Axton labeled as the cultural center of the universe in a pizza commercial several years ago) I would like to defer for a while.

Also, thanks for the thought about FBC of McMinnville, but with gas prices what they are, I cannot see us driving over an hour, one way. Years ago, when I was in seminary, we drove about 40 minutes one way on Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday. But, we were young and Ron Dunn was our pastor and he was an outstanding preacher.
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