Tuesday Mind Dump (1/16/18)

Luke Simmons / January 16, 2018
mind dump

  • Sounds like Winter Camp went really well.
  • I’m excited to get more of a full report from our staff today, but from my oldest’s perspective (her first time), it was a wonderful experience.
  • Was fun to pick her up yesterday afternoon and hear all about it.
  • I’m so thankful for the people who serve their hearts out on behalf of these students.
  • It’s exhausting, and they do it joyfully!
  • Enjoyed kicking off Ephesians while all those folks were at camp (watch or listen here).
  • I think it’s pretty cool how you can get the theme of Ephesians by looking at just six verses (1:10, 2:10, 3:10, 4:15, 5:14, and 6:10.
  • I got that idea from a message I heard by N.T. Wright and then I changed it slightly and made it my own.
  • Was fun to have one of the bands from R/Tempe leading us.
  • They had a great attitude and spirit and were so much fun to work with.
  • This morning I have the honor of preaching at a funeral for one of our members, Warren Blomseth.
  • He was such a sweet man and he and his wife, Dee, have been a great encouragement to me over the last few years.
  • They’ve asked me to speak on Habakkuk 3:17-18, which I’m happy to do.
  • Then this afternoon I have a series of meetings with our staff and elders where we’re hosting Larry Osborne, one of the senior pastors at North Coast Church.
  • Larry is a wise, experienced leader who has written a bunch of great books and been faithful in ministry for a long time.
  • I got to know him a few years ago when I was part of a pastors mentoring group through Leadership Network.
  • I heard he was coming to town and asked if he’d spend the afternoon with us and he gladly agreed.
  • Larry has talked a lot about how as a church or organization grows it moves from being a decathalon (one person plays all the positions) to a golfing foursome (everybody plays everything and the best part is hanging out) to a basketball team (more specialized positions, but everyone still fits on the same team bus) to a football team (highly specialized and decentralized).
  • I’m excited for him to talk more about these dynamics with our team, as we anticipate more growth and change in the coming years.
  • Today is a great example of how much variety is involved in pastoral work.
  • It’s not just preaching and shepherding and it’s not just leadership — it’s always both.
  • That makes it pretty complicated sometimes, but it’s a huge joy and privilege.
  • This week we really launch into the deeper stuff of Ephesians (election, union with Christ, etc.) and I can’t wait.
  • My guess is some folks will be hearing about election for the first time, so I hope they can see it as beautiful and glorious as the Apostle Paul does.
  • Some will surely have questions, though, so Seth and I are firing back up the class “Introduction to Reformed Theology” in a month or so.
  • Should give people a good chance to dig into these truths more and get questions answered.
  • Alright, first meeting of the day starts in 14 minutes, so I need to get rolling.
  • Have a great day!

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