Monday Mind Dump (1/23/17)

Luke Simmons / January 23, 2017
mind dump

  • Fun day yesterday at Gateway.
  • I haven’t gotten a count yet, but it seemed like a lot of people were there.
  • Based on the¬†White House’s calculations, I’d say there were at least 4,700 people at Gateway yesterday. ūüôā
  • Another strong showing at the 5:00pm service, which is pretty cool.
  • Seth preached a strong message yesterday.
  • Saw one first time guest¬†who posted on Facebook that it was the most challenged they’ve been at a church in a long time.
  • That’s cool.
  • Our win for Sunday services is to¬†surprise people with the significance of Jesus and the joy of his people.
  • So, I’d say it was a “win.”
  • I’m also glad that more of a teaching team is forming at Gateway, as I think hearing different voices from the pulpit can be really valuable.
  • I made a prediction at the 10:45am service that the Packers were going to lose.
  • I had no idea how right I was.
  • Boy, they got clobbered.
  • Amazing how lopsided both games were yesterday.
  • I wonder if the country will throw the Patriots a victory¬†parade before they even play the game.
  • As a fan of the team that had no chance to win the Super Bowl last year — but did anyway — I’d caution against counting the Falcons out.
  • Had a funny conversation with one of the high-schoolers who was in the band yesterday, when he asked me, “So what do you guys (pastors)¬†do¬†all week? Is there actually enough stuff to, like, work all week?”
  • I think it’s a question people ask (or at least think) a lot.
  • I’m not going to type out a full answer, but the answer is, “Yes, there’s enough to do all week.”
  • My favorite reply that one pastor gave when asked whether he only worked one day a week was, “Imagine that every week you had an oral exam and people¬†were bringing friends to come and watch.”
  • Kind of snarky, but that may be why I like it.
  • Honestly, though, it’s a huge privilege to be able to be supported full-time to preach, develop leaders, shepherd our staff and elders, and try to lead our church as a family and organization.
  • I’m continually blown away that I get to do what I do because God provides for me through the generous giving of people in our church.
  • Wow.
  • I don’t take it lightly.
  • Related to money, I’ve been getting some reports from Gateway and Big R about our 2016 financial year.
  • I’ll share some of it this upcoming¬†Sunday, but it’s remarkable all the way around.
  • God is gracious in so many ways.
  • Alright that’s it for today… have a good one!