• Had a few minutes and time for a mid-week mind-dump.
  • Battling a little bit of congestion the last few days — praying I continue to improve heading into this Sunday.
  • I was feeling it a bit last Sunday and haven’t really managed my energy too well the last few days.
  • Sunday was a pretty emotional sermon — you can see / hear it here.
  • It was a really fun sermon to preach.
  • I knew I was going to need to recoup a little bit, but kind of over-scheduled myself the last few days.
  • Was so tired Monday night that, after putting on my Broncos Tim Tebow jersey, I slept through most of their win over the Chargers.
  • Should be OK, with less on the calendar the rest of the week.
  • Seems like a lot of folks internalized Psalm 34:18 from the sermon: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
  • What an amazing promise.
  • This song is actually what drilled it into my head some years ago.
  • Had a good time Monday with the rest of the lead pastors from other Redemption congregations.
  • It’s a special group of men who shape me in significant ways.
  • Yesterday the highlight was that we met with our architect to get the latest cost estimate analysis on the building we’re designing.
  • I think we were all assuming that we’d get some disappointingly high numbers (isn’t that what usually happens?)
  • Instead, we learned that we’re right on track with what’s been budgeted and planned!
  • Really good news.
  • Next steps are making some detailed decisions about a lot of stuff and then construction drawings will begin.
  • Still aiming for February/March of next year to break ground.
  • It’s so cool to me how even though we don’t talk about the project a ton, people keep giving generously and sacrificially to it — we’re already more than half way toward our Home Away From Home goal.
  • Crazy to me that we’re winding down our series in Acts — just 4 weeks left!
  • Then we’ll begin a new series, Proverbs: Wisdom in Dizzying Times.
  • Will be a great look at a number of key areas of life that need wisdom.
  • Heard a little bit today about our next “All of Life Night” at Gateway.
  • It’s going to be Thursday, October 26 and the topic is “Justice, Law, and Order.”
  • Our community and global team is working hard on these events and I’m excited to see the panelists that end up participating
  • It should be a good night that gets everybody thinking.
  • I hope it helps some of our folks get a more well-rounded understanding of how the Bible uses the term “justice.”
  • We usually just think about justice meaning that God will repay and punish law-breakers — which is definitely part of it.
  • But there’s actually another way that justice is described in the Bible (especially the prophets): God will work actively on behalf of the vulnerable and oppressed.
  • Kind of wild that the same word can be used in both ways, but it is.
  • If you’re curious about this, a few books to consider are Generous Justice by Tim Keller and Biblical Ethics and Social Change by Stephen Mott.
  • Neither is about some kind of political agenda (which is what conservatives like me get nervous about), but rather about having a full-orbed understanding of the Scriptures.
  • I even get accused of being some kind of liberal social justice warrior sometimes (really?) but I think it’s mostly because we have a pretty limited understanding of how the Bible defines these issues (and maybe more than a little bit of fear about the cultural implications).
  • Anyway, this upcoming event should be a decent exploration of these topics.
  • Tonight I’m headed to dinner with Molly and my counselor/coach.
  • He’s been a huge blessing in our lives and I’m looking forward to have some time together.
  • His encouragement to trust God with my limits and losses has been invaluable.
  • Well, gotta get rolling.
  • Have a great night and finish the week strong.
  • All of life is all for Jesus.
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