Contents
That Amazing Junk-Man
The Agony and Ecstasy of a Pastor's Life


Foreword by Myron S. Augsburger 11
Acknowledgments 13
Introduction 15

Part 1: We Called Him Preacher Taylor

1 We Called Him Preacher Taylor (Sermon) • 19
2 Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Sermon) • 24
3 A Walled Garden • 29
4 My Mother’s Song • 31
5 Peggy, Steve, and Sandra • 33
6 The Trail West • 36
7 A Determined Great-Grandmother • 39
8 Two Strong Grandfathers • 41
9 A Faithful Pioneer Evangelist and Hymn-Writer • 46
10 A State Champion • 48
11 Aunt Ruth Finds Her Match • 50
12 A Search for Meaning • 53
13 The Library Drive of ’69 • 55
14 Beautiful Blemishes • 58
15 A Shoemaker’s Sense of Justice • 60
16 A Healing Song • 62
17 Super Grocer • 64
18 Albert's A La Carte • 66
19 Don Directs Godspell • 68
20 Miracle at Penn State • 70
21 From Mourning to Dancing • 72
22 The Father's Care • 74
23 Soaring Home • 76
24 A House Built from Scraps • 78
25 Christmas Is a Love Story (Sermon) • 80

Part 2: Cap’n Jack
Introduction 89

1 A Priest at Every Elbow (Sermon) • 91
2 Barnacles • 95
3 The Launching • 97
4 Miracles Begin at Home • 99
5 Dad Was a Balcony Person • 102
6 Building Up Joey • 104
7 Note from Kathleen • 107
8 Finding a Wife for Beryl • 110
9 The Last Love Letters • 113
10 The Rainbow • 115
11 A New Beginning • 118
12 A Child Dedication • 120
13 Silent Cries and Butterflies • 122
14 An Invitation to Build • 125
15 Have Mercy on Me, O Lord! • 127
16 A Prayer for Charles • 129
17 A Final Act of Blessing • 131
18 The Portrait • 133
19 An Anniversary to Remember • 136
20 A Birthday Party Turned Upside Down • 138
21 A Golden Jubilee • 140
22 O Happy Day! • 143
23 I’ll Fly Away, O Glory • 145
24 Three More Dimes, Quick! • 147
25 A House Build on Trust (Sermon) • 149

Part 3: Beloved Brother James
Introduction 157

1 Somebody's Calling My Name (Sermon) • 159
2 Musty Green Curtains • 163
3 A Little Sunshine • 165
4 CirCUSSES and CarnEVILS • 167
5 Plain and Tall • 169
6 Mom Didn't Believe in Women Pastors • 171
7 Called to Leave Home • 173
8 A Seminary Education by Degrees • 176
9 Ordination, a Sacred Privilege • 178
10 President Myron Augsburger's Fast Pace • 180
11 Loren Swartzendruber's Inaugural Lunch • 182
12 A Guide for the Journey • 184
13 A Valuable Lesson • 186
14 Coffee with the Pastor • 188
15 The Pastor's Family Needs a Pastor • 191
16 Generous Jody • 193
17 A Mennonite Police Chief • 195
18 Stitched Together in Love • 197
19 White-Water Rafting • 199
20 God's Teachable Children (Sermon) • 201
21 The Joy of Baptism • 204
22 Please Accept Me • 206
23 A Last Visit with Uncle George • 208
24 Hunter Hears the Call • 210

Credits 213
The Author 214


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12/03/07