• Well, we’re now one week past the due date for baby #4.
  • Molly and I have been joking that maybe she’s permanently pregnant and we could land some kind of reality show.
  • Kind of like the opposite of┬áthe TLC show, “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant.”
  • Maybe we could call it “Perpetually Pregnant.”
  • Nah, this little one will be here soon.
  • It’s funny…I scheduled others to preach the last two weeks, thinking that I didn’t want anyone to have to scramble in the event the baby came.
  • And now this week we’ve scrambled a little bit.
  • But we’ve landed on something that I think will be interesting and good (and it’s a baptism Sunday!).
  • The last few Sundays have been enjoyable for different and atypical reasons.
  • Two Sundays ago, I went with Molly and the kids in the same car to the 9:00am service — which never happens.
  • We sat in a different spot than normal and then went out for coffee and scones afterwards.
  • Seeing what people do at 11:00am on Sunday reminded me that our main ‘competition’ isn’t other churches — it’s brunch, football, hiking, or going to the lake.
  • And those things are pretty good.
  • Church needs to be compelling and relationally meaningful for people to prioritize it.
  • Thankful that our church provides those things–at least during the last few weeks of attending it.
  • Then this past Sunday I came early (like normal) and got to be a greeter at the front door at the 9:00am service.
  • Answered a lot of questions about the baby and had lots of “What are you doing here?” but it was really fun.
  • It’s not a vantage point I often get, but I really enjoyed it.
  • Tried to give every kid a high-five…not all of them are quite as fired up about it as I was before 9:00am.
  • After that service, went to Grace Community Church to hear Seth Troutt preach on what it means to be male and female.
  • Seth is joining our staff as an associate pastor beginning next Monday and we’ll introduce him publicly on October 9.
  • His sermon was excellent–biblically wise, pastoral heart, and fully of grace and truth.
  • I have heard so much about Grace over the years and know so many people who grew up there, so it was fun to experience a service there.
  • Honestly, I was a little conflicted sitting there.
  • On one hand, I was fired up listening to Seth thinking about how the Lord brought it about that he’s joining our team and considering all the ways he will bless our church.
  • But on the other hand, it was odd to sit in a room with all the people who will experience losing him.
  • From what I can tell, the people at Grace are sad to see Seth go, but also anticipate that it will be a significant step for his growth as a man and pastor.
  • I’m extremely grateful to Des Wadsworth, the lead pastor at Grace, for his godliness and graciousness throughout the process.
  • And I’m looking forward to you all getting to know Seth in the coming weeks.
  • Then I came back to the 5:00pm service and heard Josh Watt preach again.
  • He also preached a very good sermon, which pushed on lots of places that I need to be pushed.
  • Listening to these guys preach and minister made me very excited about the future for Gateway.
  • I love to preach, but the idea of having guys who aren’t just ‘fill-ins’ but who are part of a capable teaching team makes me really excited.
  • And, if the day comes to send them (or others) out to plant or lead in other ways, I’ll look forward to that too.
  • In other news, I heard there was a debate on Monday…
  • If you know me, you know I’m a bit of a political junkie who gets pretty interested in the horse race part of things.
  • My analysis is this (all opinions are mine and do not represent Redemption leadership):
    • Trump: seemed to win the first section (about 40 minutes), had a horrible answer on race, a (maybe) worse answer on his role in the birther thing, and by the end was a rambling mess (400 lb. hackers?). His strongest points were on his being an outsider versus Hillary’s “30 years.” He lacked the discipline, however, to really grill her on some of her key vulnerabilities (even when Lester Holt put it on a tee for him — cybersecurity? Hello?).
    • Clinton: seemed prepared if wonky, has command of the important information, stayed under control, and is still just about completely unlikeable. She wisely set the traps for Trump, he foolishly walked into almost every one, and she just let him keep talking. Amazing that she can talk about his untrustworthiness with a straight face, but she did.
    • In the end, I think perhaps Trump lost rather than Clinton won.
    • Probably┬ádepends a lot on whether viewers stayed tuned in the entire 90 minutes or tuned out after the early going.
  • As usual, I was also following Twitter throughout the debates.
  • Twitter is amazing during live events (people are very creative and funny), and it did not disappoint.
  • Here were some of my favorite tweets that I saw that night:

 

  • Yes.
  • This election matters — but there is a King of Kings who reigns over all of it.
  • He reigns over presidents, preachers, churches, and due dates.
  • And everything else.
  • So we rest instead of panic.
  • We trust instead of worry.
  • And we hope in the day when all things are made new.
  • Have a great day.
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