My name is Ben Butler. I am the happy husband of Melissa and proud papa of Natalie and Mary Gwen. I am a United Methodist pastor who was ordained as an elder in the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church currently serving the Longview-Adaton Charge near Starkville, MS. The overarching theme of this blog is on what has been called “living wet,” taking seriously the meaning and implications of what God offers us through baptism in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and an appropriate response of faith, love, and obedience out of and in grateful response to God’s grace given and signified in this central act of Christian initiation. In a phrase, it’s about the “Joy” of experiencing God’s grace in Jesus Christ and the “Journey” of living more fully in that grace by the power of the Holy Spirit. This blog is intended to be both personal (as a disciple who seeks to love God and neighbor in my home and community) and pastoral (assisting others experience the Joy and embrace the Journey of a life baptized into the Triune God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and the Church, the body of Christ).

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