By Roger Zotti
Retirement takes many forms; some retire—and some advance to a new world. When The Resident asked the Rev. Mr. Joshua A. McClure about his impending retirement as pastor of Westerly’s Pleasant Street Baptist Church, he replied, “I’m retiring from the church only—and the reason why I mention that is I’ll still be writing, and I have my radio program on at 7:30 to 8:30 Sunday morning on WBLQ. It’s called ‘Living Faith for Today.’ Also, I’ve published a two-year curriculum and I do Christian education workshops. So basically by retiring from the church—I’ve been here 32 years—I’ll have more time to be in my next career.”
Obviously excited about his upcoming retirement, the Rev. Mr. McClure considers it “an opportunity. It’s like a whole new world is opening up to me. I can do more things.” His radio show began in March, and “I want to continue that, and grow that, because many people have told me how much it has helped them—and I have another book I’m working on. So I’ll be very busy.”
Who Do You Say I Am? (Deep River Books) is the title of his most recent work. After it was published earlier this year, he met with his editor and the Reverend told him he wasn’t going to write anything else “until I heard from God. You know, you could pay me a million dollars and I couldn’t write a book. I have to hear from God first.”
A few months passed and the Reverend received an email from his editor, who animatedly told him that he awakened at three o’clock that morning, saw something, and wrote about it. When the Reverend read what his editor had seen, his mind flashed back a few years: “What he had written—what he had seen—was something I had already written about. It was something I wrote and never did anything with.” About a week later, he said, “I wake up at four o’clock and here I go again!
“So, yes, I’m still up and writing at three or four in the morning. It’s another book. Once it starts, you see, the words just come, and I don’t always know where they come from. The writing takes on a life of its own.”
In part one of Who Do You Say I Am? the Reverend Mr. McClure shows clarity of vision, concise thinking and writing, and vast theological knowledge as he explains the Trinity—which many Christians find confusing. In the “God Is Trinity” section, he says that “the Bible teaches that God is a Trinity of persons. In one God is the person of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each is not the same person as the other; each are called God, yet there are not three gods but one.” Then he writes: “This is similar in analogy to the nature of time. Time is past, present, and future. The past is not the same as the present, which is not the same as the future. But there are not three times. There is only one thing called time.”
The Rev. Joshua A. McClure’s thought-provoking, well-researched Who Do You Say I Am? is available on amazon.com.
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