- Well, the Acts series is officially over.
- It was a good run.
- I had a blast teaching (as did our other preachers) and I think it was a helpful series for our church.
- Amazing how timely it seemed to be.
- I guess the lessons of the Scriptures continue to be relevant for the people of God in every time and place.
- It’s always a bittersweet moment when we come to the end of a book.
- On one hand, there’s a real sense of thankfulness and joy for all God taught.
- On the other hand, I often feel sad and wonder if I’ll ever have the privilege of teaching that book again.
- Had a delightful surprise last night after The Five, when Molly showed up to take me to dinner to celebrate the end of the series.
- She’d arranged for childcare and had been planning it for some time.
- It was so unnecessary and thoughtful that I was really touched.
- Things are slowing down this week with fall break, which is great after a few wild (and fun) weeks.
- Two Fridays ago, our Hank turned 1 — and, yes, he crushed the cake.
- Then last Wednesday I had a meeting scheduled with a German church planter (who I talked about at the end of my sermon) who wanted to connect and talk about church planting.
- In our meeting, I asked where he was staying and he said the place he had arranged had fallen through.
- So I offered for him to stay with us for a few days and he accepted.
- It was a rare week where we had nothing scheduled in the evenings — God had been preparing us for his visit.
- We had a lot of great conversations about life, ministry, culture, and the joy and challenges of church planting.
- I loved having my kids around him to hear about what life is like in other parts of the world.
- He’s planting in Leipzig, which is in East Germany, where 80%+ of people are atheists.
- Not atheists like in America, who have thought about God and rejected him.
- These people have never really thought about God — he’s never occurred to them.
- It’s challenging work, but I think God will use him in mighty ways.
- Speaking of church planting, today I’m up in Glendale sitting in on a church planter’s assessment hosted by the Southern Baptists.
- We would never send a church planter without some kind of formal outside assessment (where they try to gauge whether church planting is a good fit for a particular leader).
- I’m hoping this might be somewhere we could send our guys in the future.
- I know a lot of the attention for our church’s future is on the new building that’s breaking ground in 6 months or so, but I’m just as excited about the churches we’ll plant in the coming years.
- There aren’t any church plant plans right now, but I continue to pray about it and trust that God will lead it in the right time.
- Well, this assessment is about to start, so I need to get going.
- Have a great week — if you’re on fall break, enjoy it!
- All of life is all for Jesus.
Some of my favorite recent tweets:
4 first birthday cakes in the history books! pic.twitter.com/6T9uZZF9FW
— Luke Simmons (@lukedsimmons) September 30, 2017
Here’s a photo of my cute children playing with their new puppy aww 😘
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No I didn’t say Hiroshima was good I just said it helped push the Japanese towards surrender
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If I think my pastor is "too political" because his preaching challenges my own partisan ideals, I might be the one who is too political.
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I feel bad for tht little boy 😂😭 pic.twitter.com/wswMqTW4Nb
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People who say "there's no such thing as a stupid question" have never raised children.
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