Nearly 50 years have passed since Bob Martin faced an intense ordination examination at Calvary Baptist Church, with the questioning lasting all afternoon.
At the end, the day's speaker (O.G. Lawless) cut his sermon short, saying, "If you haven't heard the gospel in the past three hours, I don't think I can add anything to it."
For Bob Hardison, it's time to relax, but not if the Lord has other plans.
Hardison has served as pastor of First Baptist Church of Sebree for 35 years, beginning his ministry in 1979. He stepped down this past Sunday. It was a decision that Hardison and his wife, Violet, came to together.