Scot tagged me here, so here goes:
I’m supposed to give you five odd facts about myself most would not know.
1. My wife Deb and I met at Prairie Bible Institue in Alberta, Canada during the "pink and blue sidewalk" days (not literally). But we didn't date until we were back home, she in Indiana and I in Ohio.
2. I was raised Mennonite, attended our Mennonite church in Elida on the average of more than once a week for 17 years, later left the Mennonite version of the faith and now have come back full circle to be at least empathetic with the Mennonite, anabaptist teaching- though we happily are a part of a church that is in the Evangelical Covenant denomination.
3. In High School, students used to think I was high (I might as well have been). After I had my conversion during which there was a day I gave my life completely to God, based on what Jesus did for me on the cross (as I expressed that then or later), someone gave me the nickname "Father Goss", since I carried my Bible openly to school everyday, the rest of my senior year.
4. I was supposed to play a drunk in a lead role for a play we were to put on from my drama class my senior year, but as a new Christian, I developed a bad conscience about that, and opted out.
5. During our visit as a family, to the World's Fair in New York City, in 1965, I remember walking between two older people in conversation, from other nationalities in their national dress. We were probably striding right along, and I felt bad because I hadn't apologized ("excuse me") to them. By the way, during that same trip, my cousin Carol and I ran (and walked) up all the stairs to the top of the Washington monument.
If you are reading this, I’d like to tag Allan Bevere, L.L. Barkat, Lukas McKnight, Michael Kruse, and Susan Arnold (I'll e-mail them, too).