• A lot can happen in a week.
  • It’s amazing to me that Easter was just a week ago.
  • Feels like a lot longer.
  • Intentionally tried to rest before and after Easter a bit more than in the past and I think that was a good move—I’m not feeling as worn out from all of it.
  • I’ve had some fun opportunities this last week to see a few of our folks in their job settings.
  • Spent last Wednesday afternoon with some medical residents who are led by a family physician in our church.
  • She invited me to come do some leadership training with her lead residents.
  • Really fun to share some of the things we talk about all the time as a church staff (trust vs. suspicion, self-awareness, and why people quit following) and see them resonate in a totally different setting.
  • Wild to see how smart these folks are.
  • And how hard they work.
  • Medical residency is no joke when it comes to putting in hours.
  • Really cool to see how a faithful believer in our church gets to influence a next generation of physicians.
  • Then yesterday I got to participate in a demo at Virtra, which was founded by a Gateway member.
  • They create 360º virtual reality simulations for police and military training.
  • It’s used for training in appropriate use of force, dealing with complex situations, and a host of other situations that are difficult to train.
  • It was fun, intense, and took my appreciation for what police officers face to a whole new level.
  • Once again, I was so encouraged by how a faithful believer is using his gifts and strengths to bless people and help the world be a safer and more just place.
  • These experiences make me feel so honored to help lead our church.
  • People who are out in the marketplace seeking to be faithful look to our church community and leadership to encourage and strengthen them.
  • They’re not just playing church, but looking for equipping and nourishment as they seek to be faithful in the places God has put them.
  • What a huge privilege to teach, exhort, and lead.
  • Speaking of which, it was fun to kick off Titus on Sunday.
  • Been a long time since we were in a New Testament letter and it felt kind of different.
  • Since the beginning of last year, we’ve mostly done narrative passages (Mark, Judges) and it’s a totally different way to study, prepare, and preach when it’s a Pauline letter.
  • Was fun to announce that Molly and I are expecting #4.
  • People have been very kind and supportive, which is sweet.
  • We had a good laugh the other night watching Jim Gaffigan’s routine about having a lot of kids.
  • That guy is funny.
  • In other news, we have a new church planting resident, Landon Myers, starting today at Gateway.
  • He’s from Prescott and hopes to be planting a new church there sometime in 2017.
  • He’ll be coming down to spend a few days a week with us and get some training.
  • I’m excited to introduce him soon on a Sunday.
  • You’d like him.
  • Well, gotta run.
  • Have a great day.
  • Be the aroma of Jesus somewhere today.
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