Rev. Dr. Ed Robb, 2011 Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church, was the guest preacher for the Summer Worship Series at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center on August 5. Dr. Robb is the founding and lead pastor at The Woodlands United Methodist Church, a 9,000+ member congregation at The Woodlands, Texas. Since the church’s beginnings in 1978, 57 people from this congregation have gone into Christian service as pastors or missionaries.
In his message Sunday, Dr. Robb began by thanking The Foundation for Evangelism and Lake Junaluska for their partnership in supporting the Distinguished Evangelist of The United Methodist Church at the Summer Worship series. Since 2010, the two organizations have worked together to include the previous year’s Distinguished Evangelist in the Lake’s worship series. He went on to talk about the Good Samaritan, first referencing Psalm 78 and highlighting how people remember stories with a moral better than lessons and laws. The lawyer in the story asks Jesus what he must do to inherit eternal life, and Jesus turned the question back on him – asking him what was written in the law. In the story of the Samaritan (Robb specifically noted that “Good” would not have been appropriate in Jesus’ day), Jesus expounded on the law, revealing the true level of commitment that God seeks from us.
Dr. Robb illustrated with a personal story of meeting an elderly man in a parking garage while on an outing with his wife, Beverly. The man needed assistance getting to his car, but Robb was eager to let someone else help the man because he had to get home to prepare a sermon on the parable of the Samaritan. With Beverly’s help, he “woke up” and took the opportunity to embody the parable. assisted the gentleman.
Busyness, self-involvement, and self-centered behavior is so rampant in our culture, he expressed to the Sunday morning crowd. He reminded those in attendance of Micah 6:8, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” He went on to quote John Wesley’s famous challenge, “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”
We celebrate the ministry of Dr. Ed Robb, and thank Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center and The Woodlands United Methodist Church at The Woodlands, Texas, for making Dr. Robb’s presence at the Summer Worship series possible.
You can read more about Dr. Robb at http://foundationforevangelism.org/recognition/distinguished-evangelist-award/dr-ed-robb/.