• Pretty remarkable last week on a number of levels.
  • Of course, the election was a big surprise for most people.
  • I had mistakenly predicted a Clinton landslide–guess I should stick to pastoring not predicting!
  • So much has been said and written since Tuesday (it felt like all last week, every Facebook post was somebody’s open letter about the election), so I don’t know how much I need to add.
  • But I will say that I find myself very conflicted about it.
  • I found Trump to be a reprehensible candidate for so many reasons and, thus, I couldn’t support him with my vote.
  • On the other hand, as somebody who is more politically conservative, I’m hopeful about what could happen if Paul Ryan’s agenda made some progress and if Trump appointed some constitutionalists to the Supreme Court.
  • And on yet another hand, I’m broken-hearted for a number of dear friends who are truly scared of what a Trump presidency may mean for them and for their friends (who are undocumented immigrants or Muslims or racial minorities).
  • It’s been a complex election, a complex week, and reveals what a complex world we live in.
  • Like I pray for President Obama, I will pray for the future President Trump.
  • And I grieve for the Christians on the right and left who have¬†idolatrously placed our hope in political ideologies (as I have been tempted to do) that leave us either overly-triumphant or overly-despondent.
  • I also had a great time with some of the Arizona Acts29 church planters last Wednesday sharing some of what I’d do differently if I were going to plant a church again.
  • I hope that others can benefit from some of my “dumb-taxes.”
  • And, though I’m no longer part of Acts29, I’m thankful for those brothers and pray that God would use them to lead strong, healthy churches.
  • We also had our Big R annual meetings last week — so there was a lot going down.
  • In the midst of a busy week, it was fun to get some good news related to our Home Away From Home initiative, which was that our leaders who gave early have already committed more than half of our financial goal for the project!
  • We still have a good chunk of the way to go, but I am confident that the Gateway Family will join in the generosity and sacrifice to help us get to our goal of $1.8 million.
  • The Lord has provided up to this point and I trust he’ll continue to.
  • Will be fun to have our last Sunday of the series and a special time for people to give their gifts and commitments.
  • When I think about what Molly and I have committed and how we’re sacrificing (and all the conversations and prayers that preceded our decision), it makes me pray for the people in our church who are faithfully and courageously working through how God is leading them.
  • I’m also getting kind of geeked up for our next series, which I think will be fun and important for our congregation…
  • You’ll hear more about that soon.
  • Lots of excitement at our house this week about the upcoming American Heritage Festival, which my oldest daughters are skipping school to participate in.
  • The fact that I am not only taking them but actually volunteering at the front gate one morning is evidence that I really love my kids.
  • It’s not really my kind of thing, but they are really into it (especially after their trip with Nana last summer to Colonial Williamsburg).
  • So we’ll make the most of it and have some fun.
  • Makes for an interesting weekend all around.
  • Well, that’s all I have for now.
  • I pray that you’ll be able to delight in Jesus and shine his light to the world today.
  • Peace.
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