• Happy Halloween and Happy Reformation Day.
  • The candy at our house may or may not have already been opened and we’re planning on a fun night of trick-or-treating with the kids.
  • Here’s a weird-titled but great post by Jared Wilson about “stealing Halloween back.”
  • I also enjoyed our own Mark Andress’ post about 10 Ways to Love Your Neighbors This Halloween.
  • It’s a fun night that we don’t take too seriously and I’m looking forward to it.
  • I’m cooking up some chili and cornbread and it should be a fun night.
  • Good to relax a bit after a really intense day at Gateway yesterday.
  • It was the most fun kind of intense, as we kicked off our Home Away From Home initiative.
  • Here’s the sermon in case you missed it.
  • It was so much fun to reflect on the last 8 years of ministry as a church and realize that what drives us hasn’t changed — it’s always been about wanting people to meet and follow Jesus.
  • One of my favorite moments yesterday was talking to a pastor who is in his first year of church planting in Virginia and was visiting his mom, who attends our church.
  • I guess the day before he had been looking through our Home Away From Home brochure and was kind of scoffing at the idea that some church would spend all the time and money to build a bigger building instead of being focused on the mission of reaching people.
  • Then he heard the sermon and said he realized that his initial reaction to the brochure was all wrong and that he loved the vision.
  • He saw that what led him to plant a church is the same thing that led me to plant a church and that is leading us to expand the church.
  • It was really sweet.
  • Also fun to see kids getting faces painted and seeing some folks interact with the renderings and 3-D model of the new facility.
  • Made for a very fun day and I was spent when I got home.
  • Those are some of the best days in ministry — when you are absolutely wiped but it’s because you’ve poured yourself out in proclaiming the gospel to people you love.
  • Speaking of people I love, got to see some old friends who now live in Hawaii this weekend and were in town to visit.
  • I love how there are some people that you just pick up right where you left off with them.
  • Fun to have them meet Hank and see the girls.
  • Hank is doing well — putting on weight, sleeping a lot, and being really cute.
  • Hard to believe we’ve had him a month!
  • This weekend Molly and I had our first date since he arrived.
  • Had a sweet night outside at the Olive Mill having a pizza and listening to live music.
  • Was great to catch up and connect at a deeper level than the day-to-day hustle and bustle typically allows.
  • It’s an interesting season of transition as a family with 4 kids (Jim Gaffigan was right!), and an intense time with what’s happening at church.
  • I’m thankful in the midst of it to have so many people who love and pray for me and our family.
  • And I’m beyond thankful to the Lord for his kindness and grace over the last years.
  • We have some incredible days ahead and I’m fired up about it.
  • This week I’m part of the first management team meeting for Restoration Church in Prescott.
  • Restoration is being co-planted by Landon Myers, who did a residency and preached at Gateway this spring, and Jon Wolfinger, who is one of my seminary classmates.
  • I’m honored to be part of the team providing guidance until they can establish elders.
  • They’re a good team and I look forward to what they’ll do there.
  • Well, that’s all I have for today.
  • Have a great day and take a moment to anticipate what life in the New Heavens and Earth will be like.
  • Oh baby!
  • All of life is all for Jesus.
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